That did not take long. Despite Governor JB Pritzker saying that he didn't know that lawmakers would push for a gun ban this year, it has arrived. Senator Julie Morrison filed SB-107 yesterday. It would ban all semi-auto rifles and pistols that can accept a 10+ round magazine. That eliminates virtually all of the best selling personal defense pistols.
Yes, even your Colt 1911, would become a banned scary gun under Morrison's legislation.
Thank you Sportsman's Guide. But don't blame them.
Ditto for your kid's Ruger 10/22… BANNED.
But she doesn't stop there! Guns with certain features that cannot accept magazines of greater than ten rounds – or guns with fixed magazines with certain features would also become banned.
For all of you shotgun afficionados: The legislation bans virtually all semi-auto shotguns. Well, any that accept 5 rounds in their magazines.
And thanks to shorty shells, that's pretty much all of them.
What about existing guns? You'll have 300 days to register them with the Illinois State Police. Paying a $25 per gun fee.
How long will the registration last?
Until the next piece of legislation flat out bans the registered guns.
Thinking of ignoring the registration requirement? Well, you risk a felony if you take it out of the home to the range. Or even in the home if the police end up in your home or a neighbor sees it in the window. Because, maybe you have a medical issue or a fire or a call for service to the police department…
But why register them when the Illinois General Assembly will likely pass a seperate magazine ban later this spring anyway. Which Pritzker will sign.
This bill, as I see it, is not the total ban we hoped the over-reaching, gun-hating Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly would file. A total ban would give us the best chance at fighting this in court and, playing the long game, eventually over-turning every gun ban nationwide via the Supreme Court. This ban, the state would argue, isn't really a ban because existing guns could be registered. Sort of like Chicago did with handguns. You could have a handgun if it was registered. And registration was closed to new guns. Have a nice day.
And of course, people like Ed Burke who passed the ban get to ignore it with the exemptions for themselves.
Welcome to Illinois. Is it any wonder why scores of thousands of productive citizens are moving out of the state each and every year?