Mercer County Firearms Question (November 2012)
This question adopted the "Constitutional Carry of Arms" ordinance to increase Public Safety.
|Mercer County Firearms Question|
Election results from Mercer County Election Results Summary.
Text of measure
Language on the ballot:
|“|| Shall Mercer County, Illinois, adopt the "Constitutional Carry of Arms" ordinance to increase Public Safety as follows?
CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY OF ARMS
WHEREAS: the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed;"
WHEREAS: Article 6 Section 2, of the United States Constitution states, "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; . . . .shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding;"
WHEREAS: Article 1 Section 24, of the Illinois Constitution states "The enumeration in this Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the individual citizens of the State;"
WHEREAS: the Supreme Court of the United States has held in District of Columbia et al. v. Heller, that the "right to keep and bear arms" is an individual and fundamental right protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution;
AND WHEREAS: the Supreme Court of the United States has held in McDonald et al. v. City of Chicago, Illinois, et al., that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution applies to the states;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED as the law of Mercer County, Illinois, that the people have an individual and fundamental right to keep and bear arms free of infringement by any local, state, or federal government;
AND FURTHER, that the method or manner of possessing, carrying, or transporting said arms shall not be infringed.
THIS ORDINANCE SHALL EXCLUDE: all individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms under the laws of the United States, prohibited minors, and those under any intoxicating influence exceeding the standards of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code. Upon passage this ordinance shall be in full force and effect.
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