As you read earlier, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker rushed to sign a new gun ban into law within hours of its passage by the General Assembly. Pritzker proudly praised the legislators who ignored the rule of law to pass the measure that blocks sales and ownership of the most popular guns for self-defense. He also took a victory lap around what he said were the “powerful forces of the pro-gun lobby.”
Why the rush? Pritzker saw the news reports of prospective gun owners crowding into Prairie State gun shops to buy the very guns that state government worked so quicly to outlaw, much as they had in Oregon.
That freaked out the gun-grabbers. So they hastily organized the signing event to strip law-abiding citizens of their ability to buy many of the most popular self-defense guns, doing their work in a building that’s protected with metal detectors and plenty of armed guards.
WTTW had the story with some interesting tidbits . . .
Guns classified by Illinois as assault grade can no longer be sold in Illinois.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the law Tuesday night , hours after it passed the legislature on the final day of the General Assembly’s session, and roughly six months since the July 4 mass shooting at the Highland Park Independence Day parade that spurred momentum for the ban.
“After nearly every mass shooting, we’ve seen efforts to ban dangerous weapons thwarted, and then leaders send their thoughts and prayers while they throw their hands up, resigning themselves to the idea that gun violence is a sacrifice that Americans must accept,” Pritzker said, describing the fight for gun control with the National Rifle Association as battling the “powerful forces of the pro-gun lobby.”
“On assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, victory has been elusive. That’s why today, I couldn’t be prouder to say that we got it done,” he said.
Sounds almost like a guy who’s thinking of running for president.
Pritzker and other advocates say Illinois’ new law was drafted with Bruen and constitutional considerations in mind…
Laugh out loud.
“Gun violence touches every corner of our state on a daily basis…”
It’s GANG violence, Governor. Not gun violence. As for the scores of county sheriffs and district attorneys who’ve announced they won’t enforce the ban and registration mandate . . .
“You don’t get to choose which laws you comply with in the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said. “But the reality is that the State Police is responsible for enforcement, as are all law enforcement all across this state. And they will in fact, do their job or they won’t be in there.”
This from a guy who ignores federal immigration law on a daily basis.
While Pritzker’s expedited signing stopped the mad rush at gun shops, customers had already pretty much picked the shelves clean of popular, hot-selling rifles, shotguns and handguns along with the magazines that feed them.
Obviously the new law’s provisions banning sales of the best-selling guns for self-defense will impact gun retailers immediately. Meanwhile, the great majority of gun owners will feel the bite in 90 days. That’s when provisions of the law kick in for existing owners.
The benevolent authoritarians in the state government are graciously permitting existing owners to keep their prohibited items. And in fact they can take them anywhere they want…as long as it’s on their private property.
There’s language in the new law about taking them to and from “licensed ranges” (much like New York City’s old law). One problem — Illinois doesn’t have any “licensed” ranges. Those of us who make up the “powerful forces of the pro-gun lobby” believe that section of the law is seen as a feature, not a bug.
For those who have spare parts laying around, including things like flash suppressors, collapsible stocks, or a forward grip attachment, possession of those now represent felonies. Immediately.
Then there’s the registration component in the new law. All of these now-prohibited guns must be registered with the State Police within 300 days after enactment. If you don’t realize your Remington 1100 is now a prohibited assault shotgun and fail to register it, you’re a Class 3 felon, as in 3 to 5 years in prison and loss of your gun rights for life.
There are a lot of other guns impacted by this new law’s technical language and your average gun owner could very easily wind up with two or more guns unintentionally not registered which will get them 4 to 7 years in the big house as a Class 2 felony.
Welcome to the Land of Lincoln.
Then there’s the new ban on private gun transfers, which goes into effect July 1. On that date, all gun transfers will have to go through a licensed gun dealer, for a fee of up to $25. Many gun shops have already said they will decline to participate in that scheme, as there’s a lot of potential downside for them in terms of recordkeeping and potential liability. It’s just not worth the $25 to them.
Failure to transfer a firearm through a dealer for private owners wishing to sell or give a firearm to another private person is…drumroll please…another felony.
As the Executive Director of Guns Save Life, we’re part of a coalition of gun rights groups, industry organizations, gun clubs, political organizations, and other individuals who have retained local counsel to file suit to strike down this unconstitutional hogwash. Candidly though, we didn’t expect the governor to run out and sign the bill into law so quickly. It’s been a long time since JB ran to do anything.
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action might be partnering with one or more members of our coalition as well, so don’t count them out.
Look for our first lawsuit to be filed in a week or two.
Other organizations including at least one gun shop, one individual and the Illinois State Rifle Association working with the Second Amendment Foundation will also be filing suit soon. Frankly, the first of these could hit state or federal court as soon as today.
No one said this battle will be easy. But we aim to rub Governor Pritzker’s nose in the humiliation of defeat when the federal courts strike down this patently unconstitutional limit on Second Amendment rights.