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Illinois Governor Signs House Bill 143!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The NRA is pleased to report that on Monday, August 22, Governor Pat Quinn signed House Bill 143 into law.  This bill modifies Illinois Criminal Code to allow the possession of a vintage rifle or modern reproduction with a barrel of less than 16 inches for use during historical re-enactments.  Effective immediately, such possession of a short barreled rifle is now legal in Illinois, provided certain criteria are met.

For possession of a short barreled rifle to be legal in Illinois under HB 143:

  • It must be a vintage rifle or a modern reproduction of a vintage rifle;

  • The person in possession of the firearm must be a member of a nationally recognized military re-enacting group; and:

(A) The possessor must have been issued a Curios and Relics license from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE); or

(B) The barrel length is required and necessary to accurately portray the weapon for historical re-enactment purposes, the re-enactor is in possession of a valid and current re-enacting group membership credential, and the overall length of the weapon as modified is not less than 26 inches. 

While this is a limited reform, it is nonetheless a step in the right direction toward regaining our rights in Illinois.  The NRA thanks the bill sponsor, recently retired Representative Dan Reitz (D-116), for his efforts to ensure passage of this legislation.
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