Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ill. Sheriffs oppose gun bans

Just look how the Illinois Sheriffs' Association celebrated my birthday! So, next time you see McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren or Undersheriff Andy Zinke, ask them if they attended the Conference and if they voted in support of this resolution. Ask them if they are in complete agreement with this press release.

And let us know how they responded.

On February 11th it issued this press release.

"Springfield, IL. – The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association at their Winter Training Conference adopted
the attached resolution which mirrors the National Sheriffs’ Association Resolution passed at
their Mid-Winter Conference in Washington, D.C. Seventy-three Sheriffs were in attendance at
the Illinois Conference held in Springfield. The Sheriffs also voted unanimously not to support
the proposed legislation House Bill 132 that bans certain weapons.

"Sheriffs from across the state of Illinois believe that it is their responsibility and duty to uphold
the Constitution including the Second Amendment. Rational law abiding citizens are not the
cause of random acts of horrific violence in our communities. The focus should be primarily on
the lack of mental health services in our country.

"County jails continue to detain individuals who have been remanded to the Department of
Human Service Mental Health Division for treatment. On February 8th there were sixty-eight
(68) of these individuals waiting for placement, some of which have been waiting for over four

"Illinois Sheriffs' Association
401 East Washington
Springfield, Illinois 62701

                                                   RESOLUTION 2013-1

WHEREAS, the elected Sheriff is recognized throughout the United States as the Chief
local law enforcement officer and is directly accountable to the people through the
electoral process; and

WHEREAS, all Sheriffs take an oath of office to enforce and defend the United States
Constitution and State Constitution and laws; and

WHEREAS, a primary mission of Sheriffs is to ensure public safety; and

WHEREAS, gun safety is vitally important to our nation’s public health and the 3,080
Sheriffs of this nation; and

WHEREAS, the cause of violence, including gun violence, must be addressed on many
fronts, including improved mental health treatment, media violence, drugs, gangs,
breakdown of the family, strengthening laws that prevent or reduce the access of legally
prohibited persons to firearms and vigorous enforcement of existing laws; and

WHEREAS, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association represents the interest of all Sheriffs who
are sworn to support and defend the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, Sheriffs strongly support our citizens’ protected right to bear arms under
the Second Amendment and the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association does not support any laws
that deprive any citizen of the rights provided under the Constitution and Bill of Rights;

WHEREAS, the doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court
and the lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and Sheriffs
do not possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association supports the
rights conferred by the Second Amendment and further recognizes the ultimate
authority of the courts in interpreting the scope of those constitutional rights."

The Illinois Sheriffs Association also issued this summary:


1. Rule of Law. Sheriffs recognize the rule of law in the United States in which the Supreme
Court and lower courts are the ultimate authority in determining the constitutionality of any
2. Second Amendment. Sheriffs support and are sworn to uphold the constitution and the Bill of
Rights, including the Second Amendment.
3. Comprehensive approach. Gun control alone will not solve the problem of guns and extreme
violence. Society needs a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to this many facetted issue.
4. Records Access. Law enforcement must have access to relevant records to determine whether
a person is legally prohibited from possession of firearms by major improvements in the National
Instant Check System.
5. Mental Health Records. Law Enforcement must have access to mental health records for
accurate background checks, for responding to 911 calls and for responding to those who suffer
from mental issues.
6. Mental Health Treatment. There must be great expansion of treatment resources for those
that experience mental illness. We have an epidemic of untreated mental illness across the
country, and there is a strong link between untreated mental illness and the increased risk of
committing violent acts.
7. Vigorous Prosecution. The Sheriffs support the vigorous prosecution of those who violate
existing gun laws, including enhanced sentences.
8. Gun Safety Incentives. The Sheriffs support enhanced firearms safety efforts including
incentives to promote both safe and secure storage and use of firearms.
9. Training. The Sheriffs enhanced training, best practices policies and procedures and adequate
resources for law enforcement, schools and those who operate other public facilities, to address
active shooters and other safety threats.
10. Culture of Violence. The Sheriffs recognize the culture of violence on the internet, on
television, in movies, and especially violent videogames, have a negative influence on our
nation’s youth.
11. Schools. The Illinois Sheriffs are committed to protecting our children in their
neighborhoods and in school facilities.

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