Senator Bryant reacts to Illinois Supreme Court ruling
State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) released the following statement after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to uphold the state’s “assault weapons” ban:
“While the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling is disappointing, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The Governor’s hand-picked court provided him cover by not ruling on whether this law violates the 2nd Amendment. But even the Governor knows that this law won’t stand on the grounds of our constitutional right to bear arms when it makes its way through the federal court system.
“I will continue to stand behind and support law-abiding gun owners who want nothing more than to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights and look forward to closely watching the other legal cases currently going through our federal court system.”
Senator McClure statement on Illinois Supreme Court Ruling on Gun Ban
State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) released the following statement following the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling on the state’s recently enacted gun ban:
“This ruling went as expected, with Illinois’ very political state Supreme Court ruling to protect their allies in the majority party. There are lawsuits against this ban which are still underway in the federal system, and which have a much better chance of getting a fair ruling on the merits of the law. I believe the gun ban is unconstitutional, which is why I joined with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to oppose it in the General Assembly. I am optimistic that our nation’s highest court will agree and will overturn the law.”
Senator Turner reacts to Illinois Supreme Court ruling
State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) released the following statement after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to uphold the state’s “assault weapons” ban:
“Today’s ruling is both disappointing and unsurprising. While the Illinois Supreme Court has chosen today to rule against law-abiding gun owners, the federal judicial system will have the final say on this blatantly unconstitutional law on the merits of our 2nd Amendment.”
Senator Chesney Denounces IL Supreme Court Decision; is Confident Second Amendment Rights will prevail before SCOTUS
On Friday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling that upholds the controversial assault-style weapons and magazines ban law. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide the issue. In response to the ruling, State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport), issued the following statement:
“I am disappointed, yet not surprised, that the highly politicized Illinois Supreme Court has chosen to act yet again as a rubber stamp for the Illinois Democratic Party. As long as Democrat lawmakers continue to go after law-abiding citizens rather than the criminals who abuse their gun rights, crime in all forms will continue to rise.”
Senator Rose Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) released the following statement after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled to uphold the recently passed gun ban:
“Despite what the Illinois Supreme Court may have ruled, I remain confident that the rights of law-abiding citizens will be upheld in federal court. I would remind everyone that under the Democrats’ other legislative push, the so-called SAFE-T Act, that criminals are running our streets, because the Democrats and their allies fail to enforce the countless criminal statutes that were already in place. They don’t want to arrest and prosecute actual criminals, but they continue going after law abiding citizens. Until you get serious about actually putting bad guys behind bars, all crime, including gun crimes, will remain rampant. That lies solely at the feet of JB Pritzker and his Democrats.
Senator Plummer statement on Gun Ban Ruling
State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) released the below statement following the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the state’s recently enacted gun ban.
“Today the Illinois Supreme Court tried to thread a needle by refusing to rule on some extremely important aspects of this case, including whether the ban violates the Second Amendment. The justices in the majority stood by their political patrons, not the people of Illinois. But they also clearly showed that they are worried about being overruled by the federal case. The issue sits in the federal courts now, where I pray they have the courage and the decency to put the constitution over petty politics.”
Senator Anderson: ‘Illinoisans to get fair shake in federal court’ in response to gun ban ruling
State Senator Neil Anderson’s (R-Andalusia) released the below statement following the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling on Illinois’ recently enacted gun ban:
“Today, Governor Pritzker was protected by his hand-picked Illinois Supreme Court, which chose not to rule on the merits of the 2nd Amendment. It’s clear that Illinois’ gun ban law violates our right to bear arms and Illinoisans will get a fair shake at getting their rights restored when this law is taken up at the federal level.
“As always, I stand firm behind law-abiding gun owners and will fight against any attempt to infringe on our constitutional rights.”
Senator Wilcox denounces IL Supreme Court decision on “Assault-Style” weapons; looks forward to U.S. Supreme Court ruling
On Friday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling that upholds a controversial assault-style weapons and magazines ban law. The issue will almost certainly be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In response to the ruling, State Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry), issued the following statement:
“I am disappointed in the decision but know Illinois’ flawed firearms and magazines ban will ultimately be decided by the federal court system.
“This law does nothing to increase or enhance criminal penalties for crimes committed by those who would use these types of firearms to commit crimes, especially in Chicago and Cook County, where gun violence is an everyday occurrence. Instead, as they always do, Democrats are going after lawful citizens who only want to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
Senator Tracy: Illinois Supreme Court ruling a disappointment, but not surprising
An Aug. 11 ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold the state’s “assault weapons” ban is a disappointment for law-abiding Illinoisans, but not really surprising, according to State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy).
“While the ruling is disappointing, citizens shouldn’t lose hope as the final say on this law will ultimately come from the federal court system,” Tracy said. “Illinois’s current ‘assault weapons’ ban law is just one more major overreach by the super-majority party and clearly violates our 2nd Amendment rights in the United States Constitution.
“I continue to support law-abiding gun owners and will keep a close eye on the progress of other related cases currently pending in the courts,” she added.
Senator Bennett Statement on the Elimination of Cash Bail
State Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) released the following statement on the elimination of cash bail taking effect Monday, September 18th:
“Neglecting to distribute sufficient funds for our courts and necessary victim services may soon force counties to decrease their services, increase taxes, or both. It’s important to recognize that taxpayers will now carry the financial burden of bail for violent offenders.
“Since the enactment of the SAFE-T Act in 2021, the Majority Party has chosen to overlook the underfunding of our courts and the various unclear provisions that will create significant challenges in implementing the legislation.
“Advocating for a complete overhaul of our criminal justice system and deliberately failing to provide the necessary funding is not merely irresponsible, it is dangerous. Abolishing cash bail without identifying an alternate funding source for counties will impact the functioning of our courts.
“We must address this issue in the upcoming fall veto session to help provide our counties with the financial resources they need.”