Illinois recently passed a law that restricted firearms rights. The majority of the sheriffs in the state announced that they will not devote any resources to enforcing that law.
Selective enforcement of the Law
There are 820 Chapters in the Illinois Compiled Statutes Book.
Popping open a single chapter reveals the following sub-headings:
Illinois Controlled Substances Act, 720 ILCS 570 contains over 45,000 words and 313,000 characters (including huge numbers of punctuation marks, a single one of which can vastly change the meaning of the text).
So picture yourself standing in your County Sheriff's boots, looking over his motley assortment of deputies who stand as the thin-blue line between chaos and order in your county.
Do you tell Deputies to enforce every law on the Illinois books? If you do, you just gave them permission to be totally arbitrary in their enforcement because you gave them an impossible task. It is IMPOSSIBLE to KNOW all of the details of every law in the State of Illinois much less enforce them.
Or do you give them specific areas-of-focus based on the current threat profile to YOUR county. For example, do you have your Briefing Sergeant tell them "The surrounding counties are seeing an uptick in various types of uppers coming from the southern part of the state. Pay particular attention to drivers whose plates have these first three letters (gives list) because those were issued by the Cairo Secretary-of-State office. If you get any kind of bad vibe, call for back-up and let the driver soak until back-up shows up."
|Population density of Illinois|
|Homicide rates in Illinois, 2016-2020 that involved the use of a firearm. Data pulled from CDC Wonder system|