mauserme Posted September 7, 2022 at 11:20 AM Share Posted September 7, 2022 at 11:20 AM (edited) https://www.fltimes.com/news/nation/editorial-does-lax-enforcement-of-illinois-gun-legislation-violate-victims-civil-rights/article_76ee6b41-a815-556f-9966-9a4b8655dc02.html Editorial: Does lax enforcement of Illinois gun legislation violate victims’ civil rights? Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune As Illinois Democrats continue to seek a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines after the Highland Park massacre on July 4, critics of gun safety laws voice a familiar rebuttal: Why pass new gun laws, opponents argue, when so many existing laws aren’t being enforced? That’s a good question, but it dodges another, yet more obvious question: Why aren’t the existing laws being enforced? That’s the question properly raised in a lawsuit filed by parents, including Shanice Mathews, a West Side mother of four. She’s the named plaintiff in Mathews v. State of Illinois, a suit filed by her and other parents on behalf of their children and others in a proposed class of Black children who the parents say have been traumatized by living in neighborhoods plagued by high gun violence. The defendants are the state of Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Police. The lawsuit seeks no monetary damages. Instead, it seeks to have the predominantly Black populations in 10 high-crime neighborhoods recognized as a legal class and requires the defendants to properly enforce the state’s Firearm Dealer Licensing Act, the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and the Illinois Gun Trafficking Information Act. ... Mathew’s suit essentially calls for the governor and police to do their duty and fill the gaps in gun law enforcement that have caused some communities to pay an especially high price. Suing the state for providing uneven gun law enforcement may sound like an outlandish idea. But considering the state’s sad record of enforcing gun owner regulations, the attention is hardly undeserved. ... Illinois is known to have some of the toughest gun laws and regulations that the Constitution allows. But if FOID files are not kept up to date and related regulations are not rigorously enforced, the state’s citizens are not adequately protected. Edited September 7, 2022 at 04:28 PM by mauserme Corrected Title Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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