Illinois has banned so-called “assault weapons” but grandfathered in those already owned by residents. Now, the window is open to register the guns, and it will be interesting to see how Illinois gun owners respond. The common refrain from many gun owners is that “registration is the first step to confiscation.” They are understandably wary of telling an overtly anti-gun Illinois legislature and governor exactly where to find all the firearms in the state. Craig Wall reports for ABC7:
When the state banned the sale of assault-style weapons earlier this year, it allowed those who already owned them to keep those weapons, with the requirement that starting Oct. 1, the so-called legacy weapons had to be registered with the Illinois State Police.
“I’m counting on people to continue to act the way they do with our FOID law, which is a voluntary compliance, because if they don’t, they run the risk of a crime and imprisonment,” said bill sponsor and State Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Highwood.
The registration requirement is part of the Protect Illinois Communities Act, which was passed in response to the mass shooting in Highland Park. Gov. JB Pritzker signed it into law in January.
Gun rights groups are challenging the law in state and federal court, and say it really has no teeth, so people will refuse to comply.
“To gun owners, registering our firearms, make, model, serial number, caliber, is akin to giving the state government access to our medical records. And we’re not, for lots of them, we’re not going to do it,” former NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde.
Action Line: It should be obvious to gun owners at this point that blue state politicians are out to take their guns. Get your gun and your training now; you might not be allowed to later. Click here to subscribe to my free monthly Survive & Thrive letter.
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