Illinois Gun Law Confusion and Trump Ballot Challenges

Kaylee Everhart

Updated Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 12:23 PM CDT

Illinois Gun Law Confusion and Trump Ballot Challenges

Amidst a flurry of new legislation, Illinois faces a wave of political and legal controversies as 2023 begins. Dozens of migrants arrived at Chicago Rockford International Airport, a seemingly unrelated event to the turmoil unfolding over the state's recent gun laws and the contentious debate surrounding former President Donald Trump's placement on the primary ballot.

Illinois gun owners are grappling with the confusion caused by a new state mandate requiring the registration of "assault" weapons, following a ban that took effect on January 10. Despite the January 1 registration deadline, as of December 31, 2023, only 112,350 disclosures were filed out of over 2.4 million Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) cardholders, with an additional 29,357 in progress. This stark disparity suggests a significant level of non-compliance or confusion among gun owners.

Second Amendment advocacy groups and firearms experts like Dan Eldridge, president of the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois, emphasize the law's vagueness as a principal cause of the widespread uncertainty. Many law enforcement officials across Illinois, including sheriffs and county state's attorneys, have openly declared their refusal to enforce the new legislation, further contributing to low registration numbers and acts of civil disobedience.

John Boch, executive director of Guns Save Life, and Ted Riva, president of the Dewitt County Sportsman's Club, interpret the low compliance rates as a direct challenge to the governor's authority. Gun Owners of America, actively involved in a lawsuit against the gun ban, views the situation as potential civil disobedience, as expressed by senior vice president Erich Pratt.

Complicating the political landscape further, the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) is deliberating on whether to remove Donald Trump from the state's GOP primary ballot. This move follows a petition, signed by just five Illinois voters, alleging Trump's disqualification under the 14th Amendment due to his actions surrounding the January 6 Capitol protests. The SBE, which requires a majority vote to decide on the objection, has assigned a hearing officer to the case, with Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy decrying the attempt as undemocratic.

While the Illinois Democratic Party remains silent on the issue, the primary ballots, set to be certified on January 11, will list Trump and other challenged candidates as 'objection pending'. This development coincides with Trump's legal battles in Colorado and Maine, where his name has been banned from ballots, and his appeals to higher courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.

The controversy in Illinois is further complicated by the ambiguity of the gun law, particularly concerning the non-mention of automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines, which has led to some gun owners erroneously registering firearms that do not fall under the ban, a reflection of the law's unclear language and the Illinois State Police's failure to adequately inform FOID cardholders of their obligations.

As the Illinois State Board of Elections and courts navigate these legal challenges, the state's political climate remains tense, with debates around gun rights and electoral integrity at the forefront of public discourse.

Conservative Bias:

Folks, the so-called "leaders" in Illinois are t****ling on the Constitution with their ludicrous gun laws, punishing law-abiding citizens instead of cracking down on actual criminals. This is a classic liberal move, trying to strip away our Second Amendment rights under the guise of safety while they let cities like Chicago descend into chaos with their failed policies. Now, they're targeting Trump, a patriot who stands for America, with baseless claims to keep him off the ballot. It's a witch hunt, pure and simple, and it's an insult to the intelligence of every freedom-loving American. They can't win fairly, so they're trying to rig the game. But patriots know better – we see through their lies and deceit. It's time to stand up against these tyrannical overreaches and defend our rights before these leftists strip them away for good.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, the conservative machine is undermining democracy and public safety. In Illinois, they're refusing to comply with common-sense gun regulations designed to protect our communities from the scourge of gun violence. These so-called "Second Amendment advocates" are putting weapons of war above the lives of children and families. It's disgraceful. And let's talk about their hero, Trump, who's facing rightful challenges to his candidacy because of his clear and dangerous disregard for our Constitution and his role in inciting an insurrection. Yet, here we have the GOP crying foul, trying to twist the narrative and paint Trump as a victim. It's a sad day for America when the rule of law is being t****led by those who claim to be its biggest defenders. We must resist this blatant corruption and fight for the soul of our nation.

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