Hey Governor Pritzker: GO POUND SAND. KICK ROCKS. That’s the message Illinois gun owners sent Governor Pritzker (and likely those who sponsored and voted for our new gun & magazine ban). The Illinois State Police actually published the results from week one of the gun registration scheme known as the “Protect Illinois Communities Act.” They’re ugly. They’re humiliating. They’re an utter embarrassment for the law’s champions, including Governor Jelly Beans.
They are, as Todd Vandermyde described it, a rounding error. Actually, that’s not true. Rounding errors can be MUCH larger.
Frankly, I found it utterly shocking that the powers-that-be would publicly admit to the true numbers. Four ten-thousandths of one percent of Illinois gun owners registered their banned firearms and accessories. .0004%.
Will they clear 1% compliance by the end of October? At this point it seems like a tall order. Maybe they can spend a million dollars on public service announcements for residents.
From The Center Square:
(The Center Square) – With Illinois’ gun and magazine ban still facing legal hurdles in federal court, a registry created in relation to the ban has been open for a week. A fraction of a percent of gun owners have complied so far.
As part of the Protect Illinois Communities Act that was enacted earlier this year, the registration portal for firearms owners in Illinois that own certain semi-automatic firearms, accessories and ammunition opened Oct. 1. While the law bans more than 170 semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns, it also bans handgun magazines over 15 rounds and rifle magazines over 10 rounds. Magazines do not have to be registered.
Illinois State Police published the first round of statistics Tuesday, and of more than 2.4 million Firearm Owner ID card holders, 1,050 individuals have registered a total of 3,202 firearms, .50 caliber ammunition and accessories.
“You’re at 0.0004%. That’s a rounding error,” gun rights advocate Todd Vandermyde told The Center Square.
Of the 3,202 items disclosed, ISP said there were 2,060 firearms listed at the registry. ISP did not provide a breakdown of what types of firearms were registered. For .50 caliber ammunition registrations, there were 1,125 disclosures. There were only 17 reported accessories being registered in the first week. Vandermyde said that highlights the vagueness of what is an accessory.
One would think with such powerfully-named laws delivered to us by the Black Caucus which effectively runs the Illinois legislature that crime and violence has been tamed. Nope. If only. Murder City USA crested a nation-leading 500 homicides last week. Most of the victims of this violence (along with the known perps) are, you guessed it, very black.
What does an average day look like in the land of black-on-black gang violence? Why, I’m glad you asked.
Though what we see here is pure criminality, Chicago’s progressives will attempt to explain this criminal incident as the result of vague socioeconomic factors which should strip the shooters of any agency for their actions.
— Chicago Contrarian (@ChicagoContrar1) October 9, 2023
And then there’s the armed robbery outside of one of the high-end hotels in Chicago, thwarted by toxic masculinity.
We all know what follows registration. In fact, sources tell us how Governor Jelly Beans has already discussed supporting new legislation to “close the existing owner loophole” following a mass-casualty event next year once the registration window has closed. It will give those who registered their guns, accessories and .50 caliber stuff 90 or 120 days to surrender their stuff to authorities or to get it out of the state.
Something else to think about: Will Rep. Bob Morgan introduce a new bill in January to “close the existing owner loophole” and demand owners surrender all registered guns, mags & parts?
Sources inside the Pritzker administration have hinted that the governor will advocate for just such a “close the existing owner loophole” law immediately after the first mass casualty event after registration closes. Especially if it happens in IL.
So, share in comments which week of the gun registration scheme in which you think the ISP will finally achieve a 1% compliance rate.