As I reminded readers Thursday, “The Left want your guns, and they want them now.”
The blue side of the political aisle seems to ask and answer thusly:
“Why are people shooting each other? Because they can. Legally. I mean, they can buy the guns legally, not slaughter legally. It’s the cash register area of first degree murder where sociopathic thugs are shakin’ in their boots. If only we could pass a law…”
A similar line of reasoning’s apparently alive and well in a state watching Democrat-run Chicago go down the tubes. Therefore, in an attempt to thwart all those murderers who wouldn’t dare violate a purchase law, during the Illinois legislature’s first 15 days of the year, it’s already tried to sneak in gun control seven times.
As reported by The Daily Caller, here are the initiatives and their descriptions.
SENATE BILL 337
SB 337 was passed in the previous legislative session but was placed under a procedural hold to avoid a possible veto from outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. It was signed into law by newly inaugurated Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on January 17, 2019, in spite of study data that suggested such a move might not even make the state safer.
What SB 337 does:
- Requires all federally-licensed firearms dealers in the state of Illinois to also obtain a state license
- Creates an electronic transaction history that can act as a de facto registry
- Requires all licensed firearms dealers to submit to inspections
SENATE BILL 107
SB 107 was introduced on January 24, 2019, and seeks to restrict the sale of semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic handguns and even some shotguns by designating them as “assault weapons.” The legislation, which has not yet made it through committee, also seeks to ban several components and accessories as well.
What SB 107 does:
- Outlaws the possession of any firearm designated by the legislation as an “assault weapon” — including those already in circulation
- Makes it a crime for anyone in possession of a newly-designated “assault weapon” to retain ownership of said firearm more than 300 days after the bill becomes law
- Forces those who choose not to surrender legally-purchased “assault weapons” to file exemption forms with the IL State Police, thus creating a registry
- Bans any semi-automatic rifle or handgun, with either a fixed or removable magazine, that can hold more than ten rounds at a time
- Bans shotguns with a magazine capacity of greater than five rounds
HOUSE BILL 0888
HB 0888 was introduced on January 24, 2019, and amends the process by which Illinois residents must obtain Firearm Owner ID (FOID) cards. According to the text of the bill, all residents who wish to apply for a FOID card must surrender to the Illinois State Police a list of all social media accounts.
HB 0888 is scheduled to be heard by the committee on February 19.
HOUSE BILL 0889
HB 0889, also introduced January 24, requires State Police to revoke the FOID card of any resident who reports the loss or theft of a legally owned firearm three separate times in a period of two years or less. That revocation would last for a period of one year.
HB 0889 is also set to be heard by the committee on February 19.
HOUSE BILL 892
HB 892 was introduced on January 28, 2019, and appears to be an end-run around the possibility of firearms and/or their components being built by 3-D printers. According to the text, the bill seeks to ban firearms and firearm components that would not be “detectable” by traditional means. It that all components must be detectable either by a metal detector or a “traditional scanner” and that the item being scanned must “generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component.”
HOUSE BILL 1467
HB 1467 was introduced on January 29, 2019, and would create a registry for any Illinois residents engaging in the sale of ammunition — including sales between private individuals.
What HB 1467 does:
- Requires any person or business who sells ammunition of any kind to maintain a record of that person’s full name, date of birth, address, date of sale and FOID card information
- Requires the seller to maintain a record of the type, caliber, amount and serial number of the ammunition sold
- Requires the seller to keep an inspectable record of all such sales on the premises at all times and to turn over the records of each individual sale to IL State Police within 7 days of the transaction
- Requires the State Police to maintain a searchable database of these records
HOUSE BILL 2331
HB 2331 was introduced on February 11, 2019, and imposes a new tax on certain firearms and firearm components sold in the state of Illinois. According to the text, a 3.75-percent tax would be added to any firearm or firearm component purchase. The revenue raised from that tax would then be placed into the YouthBuild Assistance Fund, which is also created by HB 2331. Those funds would be used for “youth programming,” but the bill does not specify the type of program to which that refers.
Sometimes, a simple bumper sticker provides all that should need to be said. When I was growing up, my neighbor’s truck sported one that postulated the following:
“If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”
Does anyone have one of those, along with the Illinois state capitol’s address? There’s a stamp burnin’ a hole in my pocket.
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