SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Board passed gun club and leaf-burning ordinances during its meeting Wednesday at the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St.
The gun club ordinance passed with a vote of 20-2 and will be effective immediately.
Dennis Leifheit, owner of Northern Illinois Carry LLC in Sycamore, said the cost of temporary permits for his concealed carry classes went up $50 a month for him and would add to financial concerns of instructors.
“It’s just another thing that’s passed to students,” Leifheit said. “We don’t want to raise more fees for students.”
Leifheit said the approved ordinance is better than what it started as, which originally said concealed carry instructors could have a temporary permit for no more than 12 classes a year. Now, an instructor can have no more than 12 temporary concealed carry range permits a calendar year that would allow more classes to be held, according to an amendment passed during the meeting.
A special use permit in DeKalb County costs at least $100 to use one location more than twice a year. Under previous law, a gun club would need to pay a one-time cost of $850 but would also involve a public hearing.
Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski, D-District 3, has said the goal of allowing instructors to reapply for temporary permits was to work with both concealed carry instructors but make sure residents nearby shooting locations are not alarmed by the sound of gunfire because of those classes. He also has said the compromise is encouraging public safety because it will encourage people to get proper training.
Board member Steve Faivre, D-District 4, who also chairs the planning and zoning committee, has said the desire was to figure out a way where concealed carry instructors would not have to be subjected to repeated hearings to use the same location more than twice a year.
Despite the raised cost, Leifheit said, it will still help his business and still be in compliance legally.
“It’s something that can be worked with,” Leifheit said.
The leaf-burning ordinance passed unanimously and will go into effect July 1. It will apply to unincorporated land within 1,000 feet of municipalities that prohibits burning within their boundaries.
Faivre said during the meeting Wednesday that the county ordinance draft was meant to mirror state law and make it easier for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the law if people call in with related complaints.
“This was a way to simplify it and make it better for the county,” Faivre said.