Breaking: IL Dem Gov, Legislature Present Assault Weapons Registration

The bill mandates registration, locking mechanisms, and a sunset on rights to buy certain firearms

Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:59 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

News came this evening that the Illinois legislature had their first major gun control bill ready in the form of SB0107, a sweeping "Assault Weapons" bill designed to bring about the eventual sunsetting on the rights to buy a number of named firearms, as well as the registration of any of those guns currently in existence in the state, and finally mandating locking mechanisms for these guns.

First, the bill defines "Assault Weapons":

  • Semiautomatic rifles capable of accepting a magazine with a capacity of over 10 rounds and any of the following:
    • Has no stock
    • Any protruding grip for the off hand
    • A folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock
    • A barrel shroud
    • A muzzle brake
  • Semiautomatic pistols with a fixed magazine with a capacity of over 10 rounds
  • Semiautomatic pistols capable of accepting any detachable magazine at all and any of the following:
    • Any protruding grip for the off hand
    • A folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock
    • A barrel shroud
    • A muzzle brake
    • The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip
  • Semiautomatic shotguns with any of the following:
    • Has no stock
    • Any protruding grip for the off hand
    • A folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock
    • A fixed magazine with a capacity in excess of 5 rounds
    • An ability to accept a detachable magazine
    • A revolving cylinder
  • Any combination of parts from which any of the aforementioned banned weapons could be made

Then, it lists banned firearms by name:

(as if the list of features above doesn't already exclude most firearms already)

Specific Rifles:

  • AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, Misr, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR
  • AR-10
  • AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite Ml5, or Olympic Arms PCR
  • AR70
  • Calico Liberty
  • Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU
  • Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FNC
  • Hi-Point Carbine
  • HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, or HK-PSG-1
  • Kel-Tec Sub Rifle
  • Saiga
  • SAR-8, SAR-4800
  • SKS with a detachable magazine
  • SLG 95
  • SLR 95 or 96
  • Steyr AUG
  • Sturm, Ruger Mini-14
  • Tavor
  • Thompson 1927, Thompson Ml, or Thompson 1927 Commando
  • Uzi, Galil and Uzi Sporter, Galil Sporter, or Galil Sniper Rifle (Galatz)

Specific Pistols:

  • Calico M-110
  • MAC-10, MAC-11, or MPA3
  • Olympic Arms OA
  • TEC-9, TEC-DC9, TEC-22 Scorpion, or AB-10
  • Uzi

Specific Shotguns:

  • Armscor 30 BG
  • SPAS 12 or LAW 12
  • Striker 12
  • Streetsweeper

Further down in section (e) it lists the requirements for keeping your "assault weapon"

You'll need to register at the State Police station nearest to you after 180 days but before 300 days after the passage of the bill, giving them the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • FOID number
  • The make, model, caliber, and serial number of the firearm
  • Proof of ownership of an approved locking mechanism

Selling / Transfering of firearms

At the 300 day mark, you'll no longer be able to sell or give your gun to anyone other than an heir, unless it's to someone in another state or an FFL. If it gets transferred to an heir, they have to go through the whole process listed above within 10 days and also pay whatever they decide the registration fee is.

So, god help you if your heir can't pay the fee or is prohibited for whatever other random reason. Or they change their minds. Or they forget to process the paperwork in time and make your heir a felon through their own inaction.

Basically, your right to ever own another decent gun ever again would be gone. What's that? Your gun got lost or stolen? Too bad. Oh, you're now disabled and require two hands with a second grip to fire your weapon? Tough. 

This is 2019, people. Fight this!