At a glance
The new ban on “assault weapons” in Illinois has gone into effect, but Governor J.B. Pritzker has run into a bit of a problem. A number of sheriff’s departments and other law enforcement entities around the state have stated that they will not enforce it. The revolt is mostly coming from the more rural, conservative parts of the state, but it seems to be spreading. On Tuesday evening, Pritzker gave his response. If you don’t enforce the ban, you’re going to be fired. What’s not clear is how the Governor could legally go about firing a sheriff. But hey… don’t let a little thing like the state constitution stand in the way of an autocrat’s pronouncements, right?