By Ulysses S. Arn -
Yesterday the Illinois State Rifle Association sent out word that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was prepared today to introduce a "near total ban" on firearms in the state of Illinois. Today, Cullerton's fellow Chicagoland Democrats did just that.
Ladies and Gentleman allow me to introduce to you HB1263, Illinois' assault weapons ban. Which was introduced at Senate Public Safety committee meeting tonight.
-Requires any open to the public shooting range to be licensed by the Illinois State Police
-The ISP gets to establish fees for said licensing
-The ISP may issue regulations including standards for backstops, bullet traps, and berms
-The ISP may limit firearm calibers and bullet types(magnum) based on backstops, bullet traps, and berms
-To shoot on a range a person must have a FOID card and range operators must make sure users show FOID cards.
HB1263 also makes it a crime to posses, deliver, sell, or purchase a semi automatic assault weapon, attachments for said assault weapons, .50 caliber sniper rifles, or .50 caliber ammunition/cartridges.
Senator Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban list of 120 firearms which she neglected to name, HB1263 list the following as soon to be outlawed assault weapons by manufacturer:
-Action Arms Israeli Military Industries(Uzi and Galil)
-Fabrique Nationale(FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC)
-SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9, M-12
-Tec-9, Tec-DC9, Tec-22
Also any semi automatic shotgun with a revolving cylinder would be illegal under this proposed law.
Wait there is more. Any semi auto or pump action rifle with a detachable magazine and any of the following features would also be illegal. Those features are:
-Folding or telescoping stock
-Pistol grip or thumbhole stock
-a shroud the covers the barrel keeping the non trigger hand from being burned by the barrel
Semi automatic pistols with a detachable magazine and any of these features would also be illegal:
-A folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock
-A shroud over the barrel to prevent burning of the hand
-A clip that attaches outside of the grip
-Weighs 50 ounces or more unloaded
-A semi auto version of a full auto firearm
Your firearm would also be in violation of this new law if the magazine held more than 10 rounds or if it had a muzzle brake or muzzle compensator.
Don't worry shotgun fans John Cullerton and his cronies didn't leave you out. If you have a semi auto shotgun with:
-A folding or telescope stock
-Pistol grip or thumbhole stock
-Fixed magazine capacity over 5 rounds
Then you to get to enjoy the wonders of having a newly classified assault weapon that has just been banned should Senator Cullerton, Governor Pat Quinn and the rest of the Second Amendment hating Chicago Democrats get their way.
In the introduction to the bill its authors pay lip service to the McDonald and Heller Supreme Court decisions which guaranteed people the right to posses a firearm in their homes for personal protection and self defense. Those two cases struck down Washington D.C. and Chicago's handgun bans. Instead of crafting a bill to allow Illinois residents the ability to carry a concealed firearm as the 7th circuit court of appeals told the legislature to do when they ruled the states concealed(or open) carry prohibition unconstitutional, Cullerton and his lackeys have instead written a pile of garbage that flies in the face of the Constitutional rights of Illinois citizens. Not only does this assault weapons ban reek of a flagrant violation of the Second Amendment, specifically the clause which states that, The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. But it also is in direct opposition to Article I, Section 22 of the Illinois Constitution. Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
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It is the hope of Senate President Cullerton, Governor Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the rest of Chicago's Democrat machine to ram this monstrosity through the legislature before the end of the veto session. Already today people have been hounding their state Senators to oppose this bill. It has even been reported that Cullerton took his office phones off the hook so he wouldn't have to listen to the people decry his tyrannical attempt to trample on our right to keep and bear arms. The pressure needs to be kept on Springfield in the hopes that this gun grab dies a quick death.
This effort to take away rifles, pistols, and shotguns for Illinois law abiding citizens has been sparked by the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. Sadly, instead of taking measures that would actually prevent such a massacre from happening, like allowing school teachers and staff to carry a gun to protect themselves and the kids, Cullerton and the gang are hell bent on punishing you the avid gun collector, the competitive shooters, the hunters, the ex-Military guys and gals, and law abiding citizens who want to protect your home and your family.
This assault weapons ban of the Chicago Democrats, or Dianne Feinstein's version, nor any other gun control measure favored by Democrats is going to stop another Sandy Hook, or any of the 500 murders that have taken place in 2012 in the city of Chicago(which already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation). What it will do is make it that much harder for honest, hard working, tax paying, law abiding, citizens to defend themselves from the street gangs(who don't follow any laws especially gun laws). And whats worse should this AWB go into effect it will make it nearly impossible for, We The People, the resist a government that has become tyrannical or despotic. That was the ultimate reason the Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment in the first place; to make sure that the people when all else failed had a means to protect themselves from their government. This assault weapons ban must be defeated, if for no other reason, on that ground.
*update: The Senate Public Health committee tonight passed the gun
control measure(s) before it and they will now move on to the full
Senate, expect a vote tomorrow.
*update II: There is a second, nearly identical piece of legislation to HB1263, HB0815, this bill is actually the worse of the two. While they both have the same language HB0815 goes into more detail about what is to be banned. The restrictions on ranges are more detailed and burdensome. The firearm attachments and devices ban is also worse. And the powers granted to the state police to enforce this law are much broader. Neither of these bill are constitutional and should never be signed into law. It is just to bad this state is run by Second Amendment hating, fiscally irresponsible, Chicago Democrats, who just don't care.