The Illinois Supreme Court upheld Gov. Pritzker’s gun and magazine ban. Their case in Rep. Dan Caulkins’ case didn’t involve Second Amendment considerations, but rather it was argued on “equal protection” grounds.
The outcome matters to gun owners as the earlier decision striking down the law as unconstitutional has now been vacated. As such, the State Police are now free to begin enforcement of the law.
Keeping you out of trouble for now until the law is struck down by the courts…
- Do you have any standard capacity magazines, or “banned” guns in your car? With only very limited exceptions, standard cap rifle mags over 10 rounds or handgun mags over 15 rounds must now remain on your property. They can be used on a public shooting range but they must be transported unloaded and encased to remain legal.
- Like magazines, banned guns (either by features or my magazine capacity) must remain on your property or they can be used on a range. You can transport them to and from the range or a gunsmith.
- All private gun sales must now be reported to (and registered with) the state, and the transfer must either take place at a gun dealer that’s willing to keep those records or reported to one of those dealers. Many dealers don’t want the hassle for a mere $25 fee. Failure to run them through the FFL now is a potential felony for both the buyer and seller sides of the sale.
- Registration begins October 1st or shortly thereafter. You’ve got a few months to decide if you’re going to register banned firearms and accessories, move them out of state or if you’re going to have one or more boating accidents or rent a post-hole digger. We’ll have more on creative alternatives to registering guns with the state in a coming issue.