News of Gov. Pritzker’s plans for future confiscation of PICA-regulated guns continued to spread throughout media and on social media. We all know that gun confiscation typically follows gun registration schemes. That’s one reason for the very low, 1% compliance rate with the gun registry.
As a side note, I’m feeling better now. Friday into Saturday I felt the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. The last doc I spoke with suggest I had RSV, not influenza. Either way, it wasn’t COVID and I was miserable.
But let’s start with the confiscation.
Over Sunday on The Center Square this was their headline story… and they tied news of our leak with the governor’s own remarks:
(The Center Square) – Some are speculating Gov. J.B. Pritzker may work to confiscate registered firearms if there’s another mass casualty event.
Part of Illinois’ gun ban enacted last year includes a registry of banned items. Before the Jan. 1 deadline to register, nearly 30,000 Illinsoians registered banned firearms with the state. That’s about 1.22% of the state’s 2.4 million Firearm Owners ID card holders.
Guns Save Life Executive Director John Boch said there could be efforts on the horizon implemented to confiscate firearms that were registered following a mass casualty event.
“Existing people who have dutifully followed the registration requirement of the law are given 90 days to surrender those firearms and accessories to police, or they face an additional felony charge,” Boch told The Center Square was leaked to him.
While Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office denied similar assertions raised elsewhere with a comment to ABC 20, Pritzker last month did address why he approved a banned gun registry.
“We wanna make sure that you know where those very, very deadly weapons are, who owns them, when and if a crime is committed with one of them,” Pritzker said
That surely caught some eyeballs.
Meanwhile, William Kirk from Washington Gun Law hinted around about potential confiscation in his latest video, mentioning both the Executive Order confiscation as well as the legislation “solution” that was leaked to GSL last fall: