Deborah Frank Feinen, the mayor of Champaign, Illinois, issued a coronavirus-related emergency declaration Friday that could allow her office to ban the sale of guns, ammunition, and alcohol for a limited time.
The emergency declaration reportedly gives Feinen's office "extraordinary powers" and was made despite there being no confirmed coronavirus cases in central Illinois as of Thursday evening, according to a report by WAND-TV.
The news outlet noted that the city's municipal code grants the mayor authority to declare an emergency for a limited time and goes on to list several of the powers allotted to the mayor in such an instance:
- Ban sale of firearms and ammunition;
- Ban sale of any alcohol;
- Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc;
- Ban sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle;
- Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc;
- Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same ;and
- Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City.