The resolutions passed by Saline, Jefferson, Effingham and Iroquois counties, and in discussions to be considered in Perry County, oppose four Illinois House bills and one Illinois Senate bill.

Those bills are HB1465, HB1467, HB1468, HB1469, and SB1657.

According to the resolutions passed, HB1465 is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requiring a person under the age of 21 to surrender lawfully owned firearms or face becoming instant felons. The resolution says the bill fails to define how to relinquish firearms. Additionally, the resolution says the bill only allows possession at Sparta Shooting Complex, but fails to provide similar exemptions for gun clubs, private ranges or under the supervision of an adult or parent.

The resolution says HB1467 is also a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requiring individuals to relinquish lawfully owned bump stocks or trigger cranks, while also failing to provide where and how to relinquish firearm devices, creating instant felons upon passage.

The resolutions state HB1468 contains broad and unclear definitions, which will cause confusion among firearm owners and dealers as to which type of firearm is subject to a 72-hour waiting period. It also says the law bans nonresidents from purchasing certain long guns defined loosely as assault weapons, and puts dealers in jeopardy of unknowingly violating the law.

The resolution says HB1469 is also a violation of the Fourth Amendment as it requires person to relinquish lawfully owned magazines without saying how to property release the property, creating instant felons once again.

The final bill opposed in the resolution is SB1567, which the resolution says will create economic hardship on small business firearm dealerships. The resolution says the law will create undue burdens and price increases on person to lawfully purchase firearms, will have a direct negative impact on local economies through job loss and sales tax loss, will create more regulation and imposes new fees on top of exiting federal licensing fees.

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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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