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Lawmakers Call on Sheriff DuPage to Enforce Assault Weapons Ban

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After several local Democratic lawmakers, state legislators and members of the DuPage County Commission met on Monday to tell DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick that they would not enforce a ban on the state’s new assault weapons. , asked to withdraw the statement or resign.

Mendrick, a Republican, issued a statement on January 13, saying he believes the new bill violates Second Amendment rights and that his office will allow legal gun owners to keep their weapons statewide. It said it would not confirm that it was registered with , nor would it arrest or detain a single indicted person. non-compliance with conduct;

Dozens of sheriffs around Illinois have also declared that they will not enforce a ban on new assault weapons.

Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) spoke with other district lawmakers during a news conference Monday at Danada House in Wheaton, following the state's decision by DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick. Highlights recent statements on banning new offensive weapons.

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, Congressman including D-Downers Grove. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago. Bill Foster, D-Naperville. D-Schaumburg’s Raja Krishnamoorthi said Mendrick’s remarks were irresponsible at a press conference Monday at his Wheaton’s Danada House.

Mr Krishnamooti said, “I just want to say out loud that you cannot wait a day sooner or a minute for the Sheriff to do his job because your life is at stake. It is.”

Casten said Mendrick’s actions make future mass shootings more likely.Castane You said you spoke with Mendrick last week before joining. Other Democrats Issue Letter Calling for Mendrick He will retract his statement and answer some questions by February 3rd.

In the letter, they asked Mendrick if there were other laws that he chose to ignore because they considered them unconstitutional.

“The question we ask is one that every citizen should want to know. If he believes he has the power to act as a judge and interpret the Constitution, where is that power? please tell me.

Several residents of Moms Demand Action, a group focused on gun violence issues, attended a news conference in Wheaton on Monday, centering on statements from DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick. , do not enforce state new assault weapon bans.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune last week, Mendrick said he intended to avoid protests among other sheriffs statewide about the new law, but he’s heard from his own agents and the public. He said the concerns were too much to ignore.

“For the first few days, I was actually trying to call people back personally. Citizens wanted to vent all this stuff,” Mendrick said. “The way the law was announced scared society. But it did. It scared everyone who owned a gun.”

“Gun owners, legal gun owners, this makes them feel like their rights are being violated, this is just the beginning,” Mendrick said. “How far are you going after this?”

He said he was trying to “comply with everything we could,” but believed the new law, as written, was incomplete. Current owners are required to register with the Illinois State Police by April, and high-power weapons must be registered by January 1, but Mendrick said police resources were limited to enforce the law. I’m worried about whether .

“If you expect us to be the arm of this, how? Tell me where to gather people,” he said.

If staffing was an issue, Casten encouraged Mendrick to reach out to legislators and seek federal, state, or county funding to increase staff levels.

In a follow-up statement after the press conference, Mendrick said the law was poorly written and had no clear direction as to who would enforce it. He said he was contacted by Casten on January 16.

“There is absolutely nothing we are doing or not doing to make the DuPage County shooting more accessible,” Mendrick said. They have repeatedly called for tougher penalties for gun crime, but they don’t seem to want that conversation. They seem to be interested in gun owners.”

At a press conference on Monday, some DuPage County Commission members spoke about the possibility of denouncing Mendrick’s position on enforcing the assault weapons ban, and during the public comment portion of the county commission meeting on the issue. He encouraged the residents to speak.

On Friday, an Effingham County judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a ban against more than 850 people and a small number of licensed gun dealers. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed last week by Republican attorney Thomas DeVore. He argued that the ban violated the state constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses.

A judge has set a hearing for February 1. The order applies only to plaintiffs, and states can enforce the ban against anyone not involved in the lawsuit.

mejones@chicagotribun.com

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