Illinois: Gun, Magazine Ban & Registration Schemes Pass in Senate Public Health Committee


Charlotte, NC –-(  If you own a semi-automatic firearm or detachable magazine, they may be banned, taxed, and registered and you could easily become a felon unless you act NOW

Anti-gun legislators led by Senate President John Cullerton and backed by Governor Patrick Quinn (D) substituted and passed sweeping draconian gun and magazine bans in the Senate Public Health Committee today.  House Bill 1263, amended to include a ban on many commonly owned firearms passed in this committee by a 6 to 4 vote.

House Bill 815, which was amended to include a magazine ban and shooting range restrictions, passed by a 6 to 3 vote.  Additionally, amendments have been filed to remove the hunting exception and could be introduced and considered on the Senate floor tomorrow.  These actions prove once again that Chicago politicians seem more focused on creating new classes of criminals out of law-abiding citizens than dealing effectively with their current violent crime problems.

New amendments have been introduced which add some specifics to the time limits for registration of previously owned firearms and magazines, and set the fees to register firearms and magazines. These amendments will be heard in the Executive Committee tomorrow morning at 11am.

Both bills are expected to be heard on the floor of the Senate tomorrow afternoon for their third and final vote, and this is where the real fight will take place to maintain your Second Amendment rights and defeat Senate President Cullerton’s anti-gun agenda.  It is imperative that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY to express your opposition to House Bills 815 and 1263 and any additional anti-gun amendments.
Among other things, House Bill 815 would:

  • Prohibit anyone without a FOID card from using a commercial shooting range, which in many cases would make it impossible to introduce new shooters to the safe and responsible use of firearms.
  • Grant the State Police broad discretion to impose design, construction and operation standards that could shut down most commercial shooting ranges.
  • Ban possession of magazines and other feeding devices that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.  A “grandfather clause” would require registration by owners of such devices and give the State Police discretion to impose and charge fees.  Registration would require “proof of ownership” that could be impossible for most people to provide, and even registered owners could not transfer magazines within Illinois, except to an heir or a licensed dealer.  Transfers of “grandfathered magazines” would have to be reported to the ISP.
  • Violations of this magazine ban would be a felony.  Failure to report theft or loss of a magazine would be a misdemeanor until the third violation, which would be a felony.

House Bill 1263 would:

  • Ban, at a minimum, all detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles and pistols. Remington 7400 deer rifles, Ruger 10/22 squirrel guns, Glocks, 1911s, etc. This ban would include about 80% of handguns now sold in the U.S.
  • Possibly ban all semi-automatic rifles and even revolvers or single-shot pistols with the capacity to accept muzzle brakes or compensators.
  • Ban “assault weapon attachments,” so possession of a thumbhole stock, a pistol grip,or a fore-end (a “shroud” that “partially or completely encircles the barrel”) would be a crime even if you didn’t possess a firearm.
  • Ban all .50 BMG rifles.
  • Contains “grandfather” provisions that would require registration by owners of devices and give the State Police discretion to impose and charge fees. Registration would require “proof of ownership.”
  • Create felony penalties for violation of this ban on guns or attachments.
  • Create lost and stolen penalties that would criminalize victims of gun theft.

Anti-gun politicians are attempting to sacrifice your constitutional rights as a scapegoat for the criminal acts of violence in Chicago by gangs and drug dealers.  Don’t let them succeed in banning your firearms or magazines as an excuse for stopping criminals from misusing them.  Criminals — by definition — violate laws, especially gun control laws, including often: murder, rape, robbery, drug-dealing, gang violence, firearm theft, carrying concealed firearms without a license/permit, federal gun-free school zones. They do not obey gun bans, register their firearms, or get subjected to any gun control schemes (like the lone state ban on carrying concealed firearms for self-defense) that only affect and penalize law-abiding citizens like you. Your telephone calls TODAY will determine the outcome of this very serious assault on your Second Amendment rights.

The NRA-ILA will continue to send legislative updates as details become available.  However, it is of the utmost importance that you act NOW to stop this gun and magazine ban.  Call your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and express your opposition to banning firearms or magazines and urge them to vote against House Bills 815 and 1263.

To reach the main line for the Illinois General Assembly, please call 217-782-2000.

Contact information for your state legislators can be found by clicking here.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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This was not brought to a vote as there were a couple Democratic Senators not in attendance. Don't think this has been defeated or has gone away. They will be back when they think they have the votes. It's our job to keep an eye on them and make sure the party that wants our guns doesn't get the upper hand. Vote them out a fast as we can.


I spent most of today going on EVERY member of Congress & Senator's FaceBook Page, sending them links to statistics on how this is all a lie, and various you-tube videos, also reminding them of their oath. I found out this is one of the best ways of being heard, see what happens when you e-mail them, they all have Aids who work for them and if your e-mail isn't totting the party line, the Aid (personal Employee) just deletes the message and your Voice is NEVER Heard. Several times today I went back to visit some of my comments… Read more »


These bills are not aimed at criminals in the slightest. Attacking shooting ranges? I only see hunters, competition shooters, retired men, active & retired military, parents & children, and couples at the shooting range. Been shooting for years, and not one thug/gangster has ever come near. The worst criminal record on shooters at the range is probably fishing over the limit.

Bill Baker

I own a lot of guns legally in my state, all purchased with background checks in the past, but still I have no idea how I would prove I legally own the guns. I have no idea where receipts for them would be, let alone if the receipts ever showed the serial numbers on the guns in the first place. Some of the guns pre-date the whole back ground check thing in the first place, but were bought legally. This is some crazy stuff in Illinois, and I fear it may get pushed nationally. I also fear that eventually the… Read more »