Macon County Sheriff Jim Root issued the following statement regarding HB 5471:
“Recently representatives for the State passed HB 5471, also known as the “Protect Illinois Communities Act”. They did so, knowing that it infringes upon your inalienable right to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property, in clear violation of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights and Article I Section 22 of the Illinois Constitution.
“My duty and responsibility to the citizens of Macon County who elected me is to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States and State of Illinois. I, along with many others, believe HB 5471 is a clear violation of my oath and both Constitutions I’m sworn to protect. I am supported by the Macon County Board who, previously passed 2018 Resolution G-4926-11-18 opposing similar legislation.
” Therefore, as the custodian of the jail and chief law enforcement official of Macon County, neither I, nor my office will be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the State of Illinois. We will also refuse to house or book in jail any law abiding individuals that have been arrested by other agencies solely for non-compliance with this Act.”
Sheriff Jim Root