The enforcement phase of the new gun ban has begun. As of Monday, April 10th, it is a criminal violation to possess a “prohibited firearm” outside of your own property or on licensed gun ranges. In fact, possession of two or more of these firearms in public is a Class 3 felony.
Most gun owners have no idea just how expansive the new law really in in terms of the guns banned – even pump action shotguns! And then there’s the issue of “shorty shells.” And then there’s the Ruger 10/22, America’s favorite .22 rifle. Frankly, most of the legislators don’t know either – and that’s when they’re sober!
What’s more, most magazines with a removable baseplate also fall into the prohibited category. You may also possess them on private property that’s not open to the public with the owner’s permission.
So, ladies and gentlemen, show of hands: How many of you ignored the new law’s provisions and carried your concealed carry piece with a removable baseplate magazine in public today? Or maybe really just said “Molon Labe” and carried your threaded muzzle semi-auto or maybe an AR in the trunk?
Here’s the law.
And the relevant section from page 105 of the file at the link above..
“Large capacity ammunition feeding device” means:
(1) a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar
device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily
restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of
ammunition for long guns and more than 15 rounds of
ammunition for handguns;
Here’s more from page 106.
(c) Except as provided in subsections (d), (e), and (f),
and beginning 90 days after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, it is unlawful
to knowingly possess a large capacity ammunition feeding
So I’ve been thinking about this a lot in the last few days.
Here’s what I’ve decided.
I WILL NOT COMPLY with the magazine capacity limits.
I didn’t carry a gun loaded with a magazine with a removable baseplate today despite what I wrote last week pledging not to comply with the new law. Instead, I carried two. And two spare magazines.
And then there’s a couple of happy sticks in the back of my ride and a couple of 17-rounders in the glovebox. And probably a couple of others here or there.
In fact, among a considerable number of Illinois’ card-carrying good guys I know in various regions of the state, I don’t know a single one that was going to put his or her pistols in the gun safe and break out the revolvers because of the new law. JB Pritzker and his merry band of gun control jihadists have made criminals of most of the 400,000ish concealed carry licensees and fair portion of the two million other gun owners in the state.
The Center Square covered this mess, taking the IFOR press release we published and building on it.
Legal Sunday, illegal Monday: Hunters in Illinois warned they could run afoul of gun ban
(The Center Square) – The provision of Illinois’ gun and magazine ban beginning Monday is affecting resident and nonresident hunters.
The ban on semi-automatic guns and magazine enacted Jan. 10 says 90 days after, gun owners can no longer be in public places with certain firearms. This is not just affecting what guns concealed carry license holders can carry, or what kinds of magazines they can have with their carry firearm, it is also affecting hunters.
Illinois State Police say on their frequently asked questions website, prohibited firearms are still allowed on private property for hunters.
Greg Bishop led off with it this morning at 6:11am Monday morning on capital city’s most-listened-to talk radio morning show.