[Ed. – As a former governor of the state once said, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’]
The mayor of Champaign, Illinois has issued an executive order in response to the coronavirus that could potentially ban the sale of firearms and ammunition, Edgar County Watchdogs reported.
Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen’s declaration of emergency came on Friday and is related to the coronavirus, which has caused many states to declare emergencies as the virus continues to spread. The mayor’s executive order gives Frank Feinen “extraordinary powers,” including the ban of the sale of firearms and ammunition, among others restrictions including a ban on the sale of alcohol, and the sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products, according to Edgar County Watchdogs, a local government accountability nonprofit.
“The executive order allows the city to be flexible to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community,” Jeff Hamilton, the city’s manager, told WAND 17. “None of the options will necessarily be implemented but are available in order to protect the welfare and safety of our community if needed.”