Illinois (ECWd) –
Illinois Governor Pritzker might be well advised to find new legal counsel, unless this was intentional, as it appears his upcoming Executive Order taking effect May 1st, 2020 does one of two things.
- Strips a gun owner of his rights while complying with the Executive Order to wear a mask, or
- makes them a criminal if they exercise their gun rights while complying with the Executive Order to wear a mask.
Proposed May 1, 2020, Executive Order
“Wearing a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face- covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.”
Sec. 24-1. Unlawful use of weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(9) Carries or possesses in a vehicle or on or about his or her person any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or firearm or ballistic knife, when he or she is hooded, robed or masked in such manner as to conceal his or her identity; (this violation is a Class 4 Felony)
Considering a mask that covers the mouth and nose will clearly conceal a person’s identity, those people complying with the Executive Order by wearing a mask while also exercising their right to bear arms, both under the State Constitution, US Constitution, and Illinois Firearms and Concealed Carry laws would be violating the criminal code.
This is yet another example of a political figure invoking rules upon citizens with little to no regard for their constitutionally protected rights.
UDPATE: Read Part II to grasp the primary concern.