Last week, after watching Illinois’ civilian disarmament bills die in committee, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed to take action. “We can’t wait,” he pronounced, calculating the odds of a new, similar bill making it through the legislature and/or a federally legislated assault weapons and “high capacity magazine” ban. Well, the former White House Chief of Staff waited. He put off a promised press conference on his proposals for a gun control city ordinance, promising to unveil his plans at a City Council meeting next week. In the early minutes of this morning, Rahm’s plan for Chicago’s legal gun owners dropped . . .
Gun registration. And lots of it.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to broaden the requirement for reporting the loss, theft, sale or transfer of firearms to all gun owners in all of Cook County and double the jail time for an array of gun violations to stop the bloodbath on Chicago streets.
What the suntimes.com neglects to report: failing to keep a record of a firearms sale for ten years is, at the moment, a misdemeanor. Emanuel’s ordinance would extend that requirement to loss, theft and transfer. And make failing to keep a record a felony.
Under the scheme, if Chicago cops have a “reasonable suspicion” that a gun owner’s firearm isn’t properly documented, they can ask for the paperwork. If the owner doesn’t have it, or it fails to meet the government’s criteria, they will lose their gun, their gun rights, their freedom and some of their money.
Remember the old movies about the Nazis? “Show us your papers!” Like that.
Once again, Illinois is proving to be a bellwether in the post-Newtown rush to civilian disarmament. Noting that the state-level unconstitutional gun grab that died in committee was quietly replaced with a new gun ban bill (HB 132) on Friday, waiting for the legislature’s return.
The battle continues . . .