If you live in Illinois, you could be seeing three new gun control laws coming up soon. Three bills are in the works right now that would further limit gun rights in a state that’s already unfriendly to gun owners.
HB-1465 would prevent sale or transfer of certain guns and gun-related items to those under the age of 21. Specifically, it would work against assault weapons and attachments, .50 caliber rifles, and also magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
The bill was originally introduced in the House, but went through some changes in the Senate. One of the changes allows for those who are already under 21 and own guns to be grandfathered in so they’re exempt from the bill.
That would mean anyone who is under 21 in Illinois and already owns guns would get to keep them thanks to the changes from the Senate.
HB-1467 targets bump stocks and trigger cranks. The bill would sell, manufacture, purchase, or possess those pieces of equipment.
The bill would also let individual municipalities regulate and ban assault weapons. As you can imagine, this would create a complicated web of laws and it would be almost impossible to tell what’s banned and where it’s banned.
The third bill currently being worked on is HB-1468 which has to do with waiting periods for gun purchases.
Under current Illinois law, there is a 24-hour waiting period on long guns…however, this new bill would increase the wait time to 72-hours for guns classified as assault weapons.
According to IllinoisSenateDemocrats.com, State Senator Julie Morrison is an advocate for these gun-control bills, and has this to say about HB-1468:
Increasing the waiting period to obtain an assault weapon ensures sufficient time to complete a background check and increases the ‘cooling off’ period for those who may cause harm to others,” said Morrison. “Requiring a 72-hour waiting period is a commonsense reform that will help keep our neighborhoods safe.
As usual, the focus on these gun-control measures is all about making it hard for honest Americans to own guns and does nothing to combat crime.
Those who are for the bill and those who are against the bill fall along party lines, and given how anti-gun Illinois is, there’s a real chance that these bills will pass in some form or other.
Also worth mentioning is that SB-1657 will be coming back for a planned veto override. Governor Bruce Rauner originally vetoed the gun-control bill which targeted gun stores, saying that it was duplicative of existing laws.