ELMHURST, IL – Elmhurst area state lawmakers joined 14 colleagues in saying they were angered with Sheriff James Mendrick’s approach to the state’s new gun law.
State Rep. Jenn Ladisch Douglas of Elmhurst and Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton of Western Springs, whose district includes Elmhurst, put their names on a public letter criticizing Sheriff James Mendrick.
The state legislature recently enacted a law that banned the sale of “assault” weapons and required legal gun owners to register those they already own.
In a public letter Friday, Mendrick joined most Illinois sheriffs in announcing that he would not check to ensure that legal gun owners register their weapons with the state.
The Republican also said he would not arrest or house law-abiding gun owners solely for noncompliance with the new law, which a Democratic majority passed.
Mendrick said the law, titled “Protect Illinois Communities Act,” was a clear violation of the Second Amendment. He said he took an oath to protect people’s constitutional rights.
The group of Democratic state lawmakers, though, took exception to Mendrick’s argument.
“The Sheriff has no authority to determine the constitutionality of a law – that is up to the courts,” they said in the letter. “Nor can he pick and choose which laws to enforce: He must enforce them all.”
They called the sheriff’s approach a “dereliction of duty.”
“The Sheriff’s words send a clear message that lawbreakers are welcome here,” the lawmakers said.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman did not return messages for comment.
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January 17, 2023 at 05:14PM