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Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker Releases Statement on Passage of The Protect Illinois Communities Act. 

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As your Sheriff, I wanted to give citizens of Whiteside County an update on the recent passage of HB 5471, also known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act

As you’re duly elected Sheriff my job and my office are sworn, in fact, to protect the citizens of Whiteside County. This is a job and responsibility that I take with the utmost seriousness

Part of my duties that I accepted upon being sworn into office was to protect the rights provided to all of us, in the Constitution. One of those enumerated rights is the right of the people to keep and bear arms provided under the 2nd amendment

The right to keep and bear arms for defense of life, liberty and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people

I, among many others, believe that HB 5471 is a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution

Therefore, as the custodian of the jail and chief law enforcement official for Whiteside County, that neither myself nor my office will be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the State, nor will we be arresting or housing law abiding individuals that have been arrested solely with noncompliance of this Act

Respectfully, Sheriff John E. Booker 

Over a dozen sheriff’s offices and police departments have released statements criticizing HB5471. Sheriffs from Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, Lee, DeKalb, Boone and other counties across the state announced Wednesday, that they will not enforce HB 5471.

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