Illinois Semi-Automatic Pistol / .50 Caliber Weapons Ban Not Dead Yet

Arthur Steadman over at ArmaLite gave us the heads-up on Illinois bill HB5751. State rep Edward “Go F— Yourself” Acevedo is the author of this little-known edict. Once thought dead ‘n buried, the legislation that would ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic handguns and the sale or manufacture of .50-caliber weapons is currently lingering in limbo (Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 28, 2010). We’ll circle back in a week to see what’s what. Meanwhile, click here for smorgasbord of gun control legislation making the rounds in Illinois (so to speak). And here’s the wording on HB5751 . . .

Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, it is unlawful for any person within this State to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, purchase, or possess or cause to be manufactured, delivered, sold, purchased, or possessed a semi-automatic assault weapon, an assault weapon attachment, any .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge. Provides that beginning 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, it is unlawful for any person within this State to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, purchase, or possess or cause to be manufactured, delivered, sold, purchased, or possessed a large capacity ammunition feeding device. Provides that these provisions do not apply to a person who possessed a prohibited weapon, device, or attachment before the effective date of this amendatory Act if the person has provided proof of ownership to the Department of State Police within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act. Provides that on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act, such person may transfer such device only to an heir, an individual residing in another state maintaining that device in another state, or a dealer licensed as a federal firearms dealer. Specifies penalties for violations. Provides exemptions. Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable. Effective immediately.

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