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Elgin Violates Constitutional Rights of Merchants

City of Elgin Proposes Regulations Which Would Violate 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the U.S. by Targeting Individuals
The City of Elgin is violating the Constitution of the United States of America and trodding upon the property rights of merchants. How so? The city attorney has drafted an ordinance which will illegally proscribe the property rights of owners of gun stores. Perhaps the city is unaware of the landmark case, determined earlier this year, by the United States Supreme Court, Willowbrook, Ill. v. Olech (2000)?

In this per curiam opinion, the Court found that a regulation targeting one individual, or a small group of individuals, by a local government body here in Illinois was arbitrary and capricious, and a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

We have reason to believe that the proposed ordinance there is also arbitrary and capricious and will unfairly burden and oppress the property rights of the owners of these stores.

The city of Elgin seems to be willing to trod on the natural rights of merchants in its jurisdiction in order to cover up the ineffective performance of its police department.

The city is leaving itself open to a major lawsuit for civil rights violations with the Illinois Department of Human Rights if the proposed statute is not amended to ensure that the property rights of law-abiding merchants in Elgin are not violated.



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