UPDATE 1/4/2012: The Illinois State Senate has pulled the plug on their gun-control measure. The update follows the original story below.
Originally posted 1/3/2012
Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – No sooner was the ban on concealed carried weapons overturned, that the politicians in the land of Lincoln decided to find a way around it. Riding the tidal wave of media hysteria over recent fatal shooting sprees, state Senators and Assemblymen are moving to ban pretty much anything with a trigger.
State Senate President John Cullerton introduced legislation yesterday which is being called draconian, and seeks to ban any and all “modernized weapons” in Illinois. This includes many sporting rifles, handguns, and shotguns.
Two bills; one banning many kinds of up-until-recently legally obtained firearms and another requiring any magazine considered “high capacity” to be registered with the Illinois State Police, have made it all the way through the committees and were set to hit the floor of the state Senate as early as today. If these bans pass through legislation, they will make any semi-automatic rifle, handgun, and shotgun illegal.
According to Fox News:
One measure would ban the possession, delivery, sale and transfer of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them but would have to register them. The bill would allow semiautomatic weapons to be used at shooting ranges, but those facilities would be regulated.
But pro-2nd Amendment watchdog groups like the Illinois State Rifle Association say that registration is only the beginning as far as what this legislation is actually aimed at doing.
Based on what we know about Cullerton’s bill, firearms that would be banned include all semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Pump action shotguns would be banned as well. This would be a very comprehensive ban that would include not only so-called ‘assault weapons’ but also such classics as M1 Garands and 1911-based pistols. There would be no exemptions and no grandfathering. You would have a very short window to turn in your guns to the State Police to avoid prosecution.
The legislation will also require any shooting range to be regulated by the government and be operated by a Federal Firearms Licensee, or FFL. It would also prevent anyone not possessing a FOID (Firearms Owner Identification) card from being legally eligible to receive any soft of firearms safety training.
According to IllinoisCarry.com:
“If passed the bills would ban most all semi-auto handguns, rifles, and shotguns as well as pump rifle and shotguns. The proposed legislation would also close down most shooting ranges and clubs that are open to the public or conduct events open to the public. Included in the legislation is a ban on ammunition magazines with a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds, a requirement to register all guns and magazines with the Illinois State Police.”
Illinois residents (as well as residents of other states) are encouraged to call Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton in Springfield, Illinois, and tell him what kind of tyranny he is pushing upon the citizens of his state. He can be reached at:
I insist that my Illinois readers contact any and all of their state representatives by going to ilga.gov. This is YOUR government and these laws can only be enacted if YOU allow them to. Remind them who’s the boss; they work for YOU!
UPDATE (1/4/2012) – The Illinois State Senate has decided to back down from their proposed new gun control bill. After an onslaught of opposition from both the NRA and private citizens, Senate Democrats decided late yesterday to withdraw the bill.
According to Paul Bedard, this should serve as a wake up call to both state senate Democrats as well as President Obama. Americans will not be disarmed.
Advocates predict that this fight isn’t over, and that a weaker, watered down version of this bill may hit the state capital sometime this year.
According to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam:
“This was the first of many challenges gun owners and hunters will face this year. We will face many more and we need to keep our focus on those upcoming challenges.
This is in no way a victory and nobody is doing a victory dance,” said a state gun advocate. “This is a minor win and we have to keep on.”
Officially State Democrats are blaming the measure not passing being due to too many supposed supporters being absent for the vote.
(h/t: Paul Bedard)