They’re Coming for Your AR’s and Standard Capacity Magazines
The Chicago Sun Times reported yesterday that the Democratic caucus of the Illinois General Assembly (ILGA) plans to bring forward a semi-auto firearms ban during the lame duck session in January. The text of the proposed bill* was released later and it should horrify any gun owner. The bill is facially unconstitutional, and we are planning the court challenges. *focus on the strike-through and underlined text at that link, everything else is current law.
Major trouble areas of the bill:
- State-wide registry of most currently owned semi-auto rifles and shotguns
- Ban on sales of most or most semi-auto rifles and shotguns
- Ban on sale and possession of all (long gun and hand gun) magazines holding more than 10 rounds
- Raise the age for FOID eligibility to 21
- Firearm Restraining Orders extend from the current 6 to 12 months
This bill has an immediate effective date, as soon as the Governor signs it.
Penalties: P. 65 line 9
A person who knowingly manufactures, delivers, sells, purchases, or possesses or causes to be manufactured, delivered, sold, purchased, or possessed an assault weapon in violation of this Section commits a Class 3 felony for a first violation and a Class 2 felony for a second or subsequent violation or for the possession or delivery of 2 or more of these weapons at the same time.
Fail to “register” your AR, and you’re potentially a felon and stripped of your rights.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c), it is unlawful for any person within this State to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, purchase, or possess or cause to be manufactured, delivered, sold, or purchased a large capacity ammunition feeding device…
(d) Sentence. A person who knowingly delivers, sells, purchases, or causes to be delivered, sold, or purchased in violation of this Section a large capacity ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition commits a Class 3 felony for a first violation and a Class 2 felony for a second or subsequent violation or for delivery or possession of 2 or more of these devices at the same time. Any other violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor.
So good news: you’ll only catch a misdemeanor for that spare Glock 17 mag you forgot about.
The General Assembly lame duck session runs in early January (4th-7th and 10th). They have the votes to pass this. It is not obvious how the Department of the State Police would manage the registration of hundreds of thousands of firearms. The act has an immediate effective date, so, while the Governor has 60 Days to sign or not sign, we expect his signature very quickly, meaning this thing could be law by late January.
This is an expensive fight, and it is one that we must and will win.
We will not argue the merits of this “assault weapons” ban. The other side is pandering to emotionally driven people who know nothing about guns, and they cannot be reasoned with nor can they be persuaded of the futility and unconstitutionality of this act.