“You can’t legislate morality”


ILLINOIS (WTHI) – “Enforcing the law as it now stands, without adding any more laws would help tremendously. But…you can’t. You can’t legislate morality is what it boils down to.”

That’s what John Van Sandt of Van Sandt Small Arms Academy believes about Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s push for stronger gun laws.

As part of his plan to keep neighborhoods safe, Quinn signed the Illinois Public Safety Act Sunday.

If enacted, the law would ban the sale and delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in the state. Also, it would require background checks for the transfer of guns.

As a certified Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor he believes the gun laws the state is already doing their part to protect.

“The laws that we have now would be more than sufficient,” he said. He also believes “the law abiding citizens will not commit these crimes” but “it’s the ones that are outlaws- the ones that are bad guys who don’t care about the laws.”

A reason why legislators may push for regulations.
But John says that’s the gun laws already entail safety and so does what he teaches in his classes.

And he believes limiting these laws will impede on the activity fire arm owners and regular shooters should be able to do.

“It’s the principle of the thing that you should be able to have whatever you need if you’re a law abiding citizen. You know, you don’t have a record, you don’t have mental health problems, you don’t do drugs,” he said.

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