Illinois Quietly Passes Gun Confiscation Measures
It’s not paranoia if the left is truly coming to confiscate your guns. They predictably mock the right when this is brought up, but in Illinois, it is close to becoming a reality and you probably didn’t even hear about it. The bill, HB 1465, was sponsored in the House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and passed by a vote of 64-51.
“Nobody wants to confiscate your guns,” liberals assure the rest of America. “Stop exaggerating.” Except the state does want to get rid of and confiscate your guns and a bill doing just that in Illinois just advanced from the House to the Senate there. HB 1465 has moved to the state Senate after being passed in the House. The measure would require citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 to give up ownership of certain guns that they bought legally, or risk becoming labeled criminals.
After being introduced in the upper house by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the bill has added seven co-sponsors in the last week. Notable among them was Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the NRA “A” rated 2014 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
“The guns and magazines remain legal for persons 21 and up, but persons under 21 would have 90 days to give up ownership,” Breitbart reported. “The NRA-ILA described the weapons covered by HB 1465 as ‘commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms,’” Breitbart continued. “The bill also requires 18-20-year-olds to forfeit ownership of any magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.”
These guns are not exotic or rare. They are dirt common. In fact, they are the most common type of modern firearm owned by law-abiding citizens today, used for sport, hunting and personal defense. At the same time, rifles are used very rarely in actual crimes. And the magazine issue is just ridiculous. The wording of the bill also makes it possible for the government to confiscate handguns, depending on how the definitions are interpreted. Lawmakers outlawed semi-auto pistols for residents under age 21 if the handgun has a “shroud that partially encircles the barrel.” The slide of every modern handgun could meet this definition.
While passing this fascist legislation, politicians once again promised that law enforcement would not visit homes to take guns away. Instead, people who are found with the prohibited firearms would be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor on the first offense. Believe me, that won’t last and door to door confiscation is coming. It’s ironic in a state that already has the strictest gun laws in the nation, they are doing this to make it even tougher there. None of the restrictions have stopped crime, in fact, it has caused it to explode in places like Chicago.
Penalties for noncompliance with the law will increase as well. These are the same legislators that promised that nobody would be confiscating legal firearms to begin with, so no one believes anything they say now. They are quietly pushing through these laws hoping that no one will stop them. But the NRA-ILA is going after them. The bill has passed the state House, but still has to get through the Senate in Illinois before it is law. There are currently 37 Democrats in the Illinois Senate, versus 22 Republicans. The state’s governor is a Republican, but his willingness to veto the bill is unclear. Should it become law, the NRA will sue just as they are in Florida. This will go all the way to the Supreme Court on age discrimination and constitutionality.
“Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20 year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals,” an NRA spokesman told the Hill.
The bill that is heading to the Illinois Senate, HB 1465, does the following:
- Makes it unlawful for any person within the State to knowingly deliver or sell, or cause to be delivered or sold, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge to, any person under 21 years of age.
- Makes it unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to knowingly possess an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 90 days after the effective date of the bill. Provides exemptions and penalties.
- Provides that it is unlawful for any person within the State to knowingly deliver or sell, or cause to be delivered or sold, a large capacity ammunition feeding device to a person under 21 years of age.
- Provides that it is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device within the State.
This is just the first volley in this fight. It starts with 20 year-old citizens… first they came for the young. “Nobody under 21 needs a gun,” they’ll insist, essentially saying that young women, new families and people old enough to fight in the military don’t have a right to self defense. It won’t stop there. If they get this through they’ll keep pushing the limits on gun rights. It will happen with a series of “reasonable” laws that happen to be tearing up the Constitution one shred at a time. It’ll be death by a thousand cutting regulations.