Decatur, Illinois: Late yesterday, January 26, 2023, Republican State Representative Dan Caulkins filed a lawsuit against Governor Pritzker, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Senate President Don Harmon and Speaker of the House Chris Welch challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed gun law that prohibits the sale of certain commonly used firearms and requires a gun registry among other things. State Rep, Caulkins filed the lawsuit in his personal capacity outside of his official position and is the lead plaintiff. Other plaintiffs are Law-Abiding Gun Owners of Macon County, a voluntary unincorporated organization, and Perry Lewin and Decatur Jewelry & Antiques. Inc. The lawsuit was filed in Macon County.
“I whole-heartedly believe the new law is unconstitutional, unworkable, and political pandering. We are all concerned about halting violence of any kind, but this new law will not do that. The Democrats want to prevent the sale of certain firearms in Illinois, but are still allowing gun manufactures to make and sell those same firearms to people in other states. That makes no sense, if it is guns, they want to control. The law also requires a gun registry, but no sheriff has the resources to check homes for such and if it so important, then why does that provision not go into effect for months.
Our lawsuit will prove that the new law is unconstitutional in the manner it was passed and the way it treats different classes of people differently. Democrat arrogance to law-abiding citizens is offensive and another reason people are deciding to leave Illinois. It is unfortunate that the only way to defend our rights is to go to court, but at personal cost, we will defend them.”