Illinois Lawmakers Push New “Assault Weapons” Ban

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- HB5855 is a bill that heavily infringes on the right to arms protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. Ironically, it is titled the “Protect Illinois Communities Act”.

The bill has been introduced into the Illinois House of Representatives by Representative Bob Morgan, (D) of the 58th District in Springfield, Illinois. Representative Morgan is a prolific introducer of bills. In 2022, he introduced 38 bills, none of which has moved beyond the introduction phase and passed to the House of Representatives.  He introduced 36 bills in 2021, but again none of them passed the House. HB5855 was up for a committee hearing yesterday, December 12th at 11 a.m. While Morgan introduces lots of bills without success, this bill is being pushed in the media, which gives it a somewhat better chance.

Here is a brief summation of what the bill would put into law. From the bill:

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Eliminates provisions that permit a person under 21 years of age who is not an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces or the Illinois National Guard to obtain a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card with parental consent. Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that when a person under 21 years of age is hunting under the supervision of a adult, the adult must possess a Firearm Owners Identification Card. Amends the Firearms Restraining Order Act. Provides that the State’s Attorney of the county where the petition is filed may act as a friend of the court in any action filed under the Act. Provides that a petitioner may request a one-year (rather than 6-month) firearms restraining order. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012.

The problematic parts of the bill are fairly clear:

  1. It bans the ownership and use of firearms by American residents who are 18, 19, and 20 years old, en mass.  This is a novel infringement on their right to keep and bear arms.
  2. It bans the sale of dozens of commonly owned firearms and requires registration of those firearms currently owned in Illinois.
  3. It bans the future sales of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
  4. It gives the State’s Attorney standing to file Firearms Restraining Orders (Red Flag Law). Such authority now only exists for a police officer and family members, and extends the duration of the ban on the individual exercise of the right to keep and bear arms from six months to a year.

Representative Morgan does not appear to understand the limits on government placed by the Second Amendment, as applied to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment.

The bill is only introduced. It has 30 sponsors, all Democrat, in the Illinois House of Representatives.  There are 117 members of the House, so about 59 are needed to pass a bill. This many sponsors is a good start.

The more important question is: Does the House leadership support the bill?

Democrats have 72 of the seats in the House, Republicans have 45. In the Senate, Democrats have 41 seats, Republicans have 18 seats.

If the Democrat leadership wants to pass this bill, it will pass. The committee hearing on December 12 will provide a clue as to the prospects of the bill.

It is questionable if the Firearms Owner IDentification card (FOID) itself will withstand judicial scrutiny. The Illinois Supreme court has punted on ruling whether the FOID card passes Constitutional muster, twice.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Montana454Casull

Time to ban all politicians that violate thier oath to uphold the constitution. Permanant lifetime bans are in order here ! Public officials that don’t understand that they serve us we don’t serve them need to be eliminated from all political platforms permanantly !

Bigfootbob

Agreed. Have any of you ever looked at the National GOP Platform or even know one existed? It’s very good and every four years during the National Convention, 168 GOP Statecomitteemen/women from all over meet and revise, update or change provisions of the Platform. The GOP Representatives then vote to either accept, reject, replace and then adopt the Platform for the next 4 year cycle. If the National GOP had genuine leadership, they would hold each and every politician accountable to it. I can assure you losers like the GOP’s current Chairman’s uncle has never read it, nor has the… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

Lots of us are sick of these RINO’s and the only way you’ll get their attention is to stop giving them money and stop voting for them. It’s time to put them on notice just like we’ve been doing with the NRA.

Bigfootbob

Absolutely.

swmft

terminate with prejudice

StLPro2A

Politicians infringe We The Little Peeps’ rights because we acquiesce to their tyranny. They know there are no personal repercussions for tyranny, other than Keyboard Commando typing and huffing and puffing on the internet. How long has it been since a tyrant was shot, hung, treated to a pike……240+ years???? Not very intimidating to tyrants. They say insurrection as though it were a bad thing. Fortunately, our Founding Fathers held a very different view. Maybe because they had integrity and backbones instead of keyboards???? First American Revolution over taxation without representation. Second American Revolution over taxation BY representation….and a plethora… Read more »

Beowulf

Democrat politicians always forget to add confiscating illegal/stolen firearms from gang bangers in there bills. It’s always the law abiding gun owners in there mind that are the criminals.

Ronnie

That is Because they are Part of the ELITES PLAN = to DISARM EVERYONE > So they Can HAVE TOTALCONTROL – Look what they did to the world Using COVID! it was all B>S> to get people to get THE DEPOPULATION JAB!!! <<– this is the WHOLE AGENDA of this Faux Gov’t/ILLEGITIMATE = Khazarian nazi Mafia is THE GOV’T!

Monkey Mouse

They don’t forget, they just don’t do it so they won’t alienate the group of voters they need to get into office in the first place.

PMinFl

Who do these people think they are? Ca,Ct,NY,NJ,Wa,Or,Md,RI,Ma or even Hi? This is not a bandwagon to seek a ride on.

DIYinSTL

Illinois never learns. I predict IL will be writing SAF yet another check to cover the legal expenses of having an unconstitutional law overturned.

Dubi Loo

My State reps have been informed, face to face, it is unconstitutional; they don’t care. Both are sponsors of the infringements. The bill will pass and be signed into law early January.

Rock

Another useless HELP THE CRIMINALS law, this should do GREAT in Chicago ~!

lloydgrady

The bill bans the future possession of standard capacity magazines; not just the sale. As the bill is currently written, millions of Illinoisans would become felons upon this bill being signed into law.

Darkman

Link to article that has more details on types of firearms comsidered Assault Weapons.
Illinois bill defines these guns as ‘assault weapons’ | Illinois | thecentersquare.com
https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/illinois-bill-defines-these-guns-as-assault-weapons/article_0434d590-7a39-11ed-8a67-2704c1777e35.html

Monkey Mouse

Millions of NJ residents became felons a few years ago when they dropped mag capacity to 10 rounds – no one complied and no one has gotten caught. It is a felony offense, not a misdemeanor in NJ – tells you that they are really insane.

Ronnie

ALL of Our GOVT’S Are run By MEMBERS OF THE KHAZARIAN NAZI MAFIA! If People would research it They also would Know THE ACT OF 1871 That president GRANT DID= DESTROYED our REAL CONSTITUTION! And this is why The GOV’TS ATTACK OUR “RIGHTS:! THEY KNOWTHEY COULD Just ABOLISH it At WILL! But we All WOULD REVOLT AND – Another REVOLUTION WOULD BEGIN!

Arny

So then they should start acting as a felon. Visit these bill supporters that made them felons.

Laddyboy

I SCREAM —- EX POST FACTO — LAW!!!!

Ronnie

Then Us ILLINOIS CITIZENS NEED TO STAND AND DO SOMETHING!
I’m On the disabled List – I at least EMAIL&CALL MY “Representatives” weekly! to remind them WHO PAYS THEIR DAMN SALARIES & BENEFITS! If they Don’t do their job and ‘DO THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE’ < as It IS WRITTEN! THEN When chit as this PRITZKER FAT ASS COMMIE NEEDS TO GO!

PMinFl

Another reason I’m glad I left the left Ct.

swmft

commies in mass are not any better

Rebel VA

They just won’t give up, Bastards!

Laddyboy

In Maryland, there is a PRE-TAX , similar to the “foid” card that is called a “Handgun Qualification License”. This governmental TAX harms the RIGHTS of minorities and low income Americans to be able to DEFEND themselves. Also in Maryland, to get the Maryland State Police to allow you to complete and PICK UP a “controlled weapon”, you are charged another $10.00 fee/TAX for the MSP to authorize your pickup!

Ronnie

All about CONTROLLING THE PEOPLE & DEPOPULATION!!

hippybiker

What we have here is a Limousine Liberal from a district that includes Highland Park! Yeah you know! He represents a bunch of Liberal Yuppie Scum!
The funny thing is, these weapons are banned in Highland Park. A lot of good that did them!

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Dubi Loo

Mad Morgan represents Springfield. He participated in the Highland Park parade. He was a loon long before he was shot at.

Steelbustr

Michigan has also very quietly floated HB 6544 to effectively ban AR style rifles statewide. Republicans lost the house and Senate and with our liberal government now in full control the push is on to pass anti-gun legislation in Michigan. The bill allows for grandfathering but you must register them with a five year recurring registration process.

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Ronnie

NO ! We all need “constitutional carry rights – 5 western States have it ! And there crime rates are Almost NONEXISTANT! Criminals Don’t want to get SHOT EITHER! But if THIS FAUX GOV’T ABOLISHES “OUR RIGHTS TO PROTECT OURSELVES = Criminals will Jump with JOY = knowing that Citizens Don’t have ANY MEANS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES makes Us ALL DEAD ON ARRIVAL!

Country Boy

The criminals in several states are ALREADY “jumping with joy”…..

StLPro2A

One needs to get a “conservative” rep to file a bill introducing Red Flag Restraining Orders for politicians who are prone to infringing We The Little Peeps’ eights…..comit them, remove their legislative and voting rights.