Bazooka Tom DeVore has made himself a major thorn under the saddle of Gov. JB Pritzker, AG Kwame Raoul and the rest of his clown posse running the legislature in our state.  Not only did he score some victories during the Chinese flu fiasco, but he’s scored some high-profile wins against the PICA gun and magazine ban.  

DeVore has his thoughts on what JB and crew are doing to scare gun owners on a host of issues. The latest, of course, is the ISP declaring that guns bought during the recent “Freedom Week” will be illegal as of January 1, 2024.

(The Center Square) – Illinois State Police say any purchase of firearms or attachments the state deems as “assault weapons” from during the six-day injunction against Illinois’ gun ban will be illegal after Jan. 1, 2024.

In January this year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted the ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms and magazines over certain capacities. Part of that includes a registry of already owned guns starting Oct. 1 with the deadline to register being Jan. 1, 2024.

When the Southern District of Illinois federal court issued a preliminary injunction against Illinois’ gun ban last month, gun stores were busy. Those sales ended six days later when late last week the appeals court put a stay on the injunction.

After the injunction was reversed while lawsuits continue, state police said firearms purchased during the injunction will be illegal because they were possessed after the Jan. 10 effective day of the Protect Illinois Communities Act.

“Persons who possess a banned firearm or firearm attachment are required to endorse an affidavit by January 1, 2024, stating that any banned firearm or firearm attachments were possessed prior to the enactment of PICA (January 10, 2023) pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(d),” a public information officer with Illinois State Police told The Center Square in an email.

Penalties for possession of banned magazines is a petty offense with a $1,000 fine per infraction. Possession of prohibited firearms could be up to a Class 2 felony.

DeVore says this is BS.  While I’m not a lawyer like Tom DeVore and I’m not as confident as he surely seems to be on this, I would be remiss if I didn’t share it with our friends and family.

He does have a point that sort of fits with what I’ve said for many weeks now:  Every gun owner cowed away from buying the best guns for self-defense stands as a victory by Pritzker.  Every gun not sold is a win for those who hate how the little people have guns for self-defense.

4 thoughts on “DeVore: ISP’s just ‘messing with your head’ with talk of ‘Freedom Week’ purchases being illegal”
  1. Rule #1 in interpreting statutes: apply the plain language of the law.

    If that’s what devore says then I think devore is wrong. Applying the plain language of the statute, it’s clear that any gun that you purchase after the effective date of the act is covered by the act.Don’t make the mistake of putting too much weight in an injunction which does not after all change the plain language of the statue.

    Was it “possessed prior to the effective date of” p I c a? If not then it is governed by the act.

    There is nothing in the cases on interpretation of statutes that says “oh none of this really applies if there’s an injunction that butts in in the meantime!”

    Remember rule number 2 of statutory interpretation: ask any lawyer whether you need a lawyer and that lawyer is going to tell you yes you need to retain my services at three hundred dollars per!

    And the more three hundred dollar hours that mister devore puts into arguing that means mister devore gets richer.

  2. Is ISP trying to say I have to register my magazines now as well – some of which I have owned since the 1980s? Just how does that work exactly, given that they don’t even have a serial number? I can assure you I bought additional magazines under the Macon County injunction from several out of state retailers (by providing them the judicial injunction), and the state can kiss my MF ass if they think I am going to register them in any way.

    Are we ever going to see any relief from this communistic bullshit? I am getting really sick of this.

  3. I’m not one of DeVore’s plaintiffs. I’m not taking any chances. If I need mags I can skip across the border and pick some up along with fireworks for the Fourth. Pay cash, no muss, no fuss. Let’s go JB Pritzker.

  4. We no longer exist in a place where we have a representative government. Period. Compliance is alot of what this is about. And when questioned about the effectiveness of laws that criminals won’t ever comply with. Our overlords will claim lives have been saved. Never having any way to prove such nonsense. Just pushing more empirical edicts.

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