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October 23, 2014, 1:34 pm
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Rumored Assault Weapons Ban for Illinois True

Proposed bill would ban all pistols that weight over 50 ounces and rifles that have magazines.  It would also ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  Plus, if you own any of these now, you'll have to report them to the Illinois State Police, or you'd be in possession of illegal firearms.  

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Slip it into a sexual assault bill, 'eh?



Some of the things I've noticed right off that this law, if passed, would make it illegal to buy, sell, deliver or:

Sec. 24-1.9. Possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of semi-automatic assault weapons, assault weapon attachments, .50 caliber rifles, and .50 caliber cartridges.

Seems standard.  A .50 cal is a pretty big weapon.

Legal, under assault weapons ban

Illegal shotgun with grip, according to assault weapons ban

Top is is legal. Bottom is illegal, under assault weapons ban.

But then there's these items that would be banned:

(B) a semi-automatic rifle or pump-action rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has any of the following: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip or thumbhole stock; (iii) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles the barrel, and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned;

So, lawmakers are encouraging I burn myself when I fire my rifle.  Thanks, guys.  Thanks for looking out!

The madness continues.  The law would also ban any pistol that weighs over a certain amount.

(iv) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded;
Desert Eagle .50
Desert Eagle .50

There goes my Desert Eagle point-five-oh.

Then there the magazines.  Any of those that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be made illegal.

Thankfully they do say that semi-automatic does not include

(A) any firearm that: (i) is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action;

and also excludes antiques from the ban ... however, your rifle better not have the ability for a detachable magazine!  Only the following is acceptable:

(iv) is a rifle with a fixed tubular magazine located under the barrel that is only capable of holding rounds of ammunition placed end to end;

Oh my gosh ... that really doesn't leave much wiggle room.  Guess I better get my pouches of gun powder, flint, balls and bayonets!

But, there's a grandfather clause ... the only kicker is you'll have to provide proof of ownership to the Illinois State Police

(c) This Section does not apply to a person who possessed a weapon or attachment prohibited by subsection (b) before January 1, 2014, provided that the person has provided proof of ownership, his or her name, and other identifying information to the Department of State Police, as required by the Department, within 90 days after January 1, 2014.

Or you will have to hand over the gun to a seller or an hier in another state or something according to whatever gun control act ... blah, blah, blah.  If not, you'd be in possession of an illegal firearm.

Of course, none of these laws applies to those who work for "the state" or any shooters

"sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and by USA Shooting"

But, here's the money maker ... If I'm reading this correctly, the proposed legislation would allow for FOID holders to "lease" an "assault weapon or assault weapon attachment to be used on the range it was rented from.  I see a growth industry there! 

Of course, if anyone but the range owners/employee removes the weapon from the range, they'd be violating the law.  But even then, the assault weapons owned at a range would have to be registered by January 1st 2014.

If you break these laws, you'll be charged with a felony!  If you buy, sell, transport (except for range owners) or just merely possess (except when "leased" from a range owner), directly or indirectly ... you'll be charged a felony!

Wow!  This was put in an amendment inside sexual assault legislation ... a section of law that deals with pedophiles and miscreants.  Surprised this wasn't in some bizarre hunting legislation.


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