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Illinois: Senate to Hear Gun-Ban & Surrender Legislation

Monday, March 12, 2018

Illinois: Senate to Hear Gun-Ban & Surrender Legislation

On Wednesday, March 14th, the Illinois state Senate will consider a number of extreme gun control bills.  These bills ban the possession of most semi-automatic firearms and magazines by law-abiding adults aged 18-20, requiring them to be surrendered within 90 days, impose a 72-hour waiting period on modern semi-automatic firearms, and ban certain firearm accessories and historical firearms. These bills have already passed the state House of Representatives and it is urgent that you contact your state Senator and ask them to OPPOSE House Bills 1465, 1467, and 1468.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator.

House Bill 1468, sponsored by Representative Jonathan Carroll (D-57), previously passed the House by a vote of 79-37.  It would require a 72 hour waiting period for certain commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and .50 BMG caliber rifles.  Current Illinois law requires a 72 hour waiting period for handguns and a 24 hour waiting period for long guns.  The arbitrary distinction in this bill will cause confusion among firearm sellers about which long guns require a 72 hour waiting period.  In addition, it would also ban the sale of these firearms to non-residents.

House Bill 1465, as amended by Representative Michelle Mussman (D-56), previously passed the House by a vote of 64-51.  It would deny law-abiding young adults under the age of 21 their Second Amendment rights by prohibiting them from possessing or purchasing commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and .50 BMG caliber rifles.  The bill would require adults under the age of 21 to dispose of such firearms within 90 days and to dispose of standard capacity magazines over ten rounds in capacity immediately.  In addition, language in the bill would prohibit out-of-state visitors from being present in Illinois for longer than 24 hours with such firearms or standard capacity magazines.

House Bill 1467, sponsored by Representative Martin Moylan (D-55), previously passed the House by a vote of 83-31.  It would ban “bump stocks” and “trigger cranks.”  The broad and vague language could be interpreted to ban components used on competition grade firearms.  It would ban various antique and historical reproduction firearms such as Gatling guns, which are owned by collectors and historical reenactors.  It would require owners of “bump stocks” and “trigger cranks” to dispose of them within 90 days.

Again,please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE House Bills 1465, 1467, and 1468.

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