Illinois Legislator Pushing “Assault Weapon” Ban

posted on May 26, 2017

An Illinois state senator has filed an amendment to a measure that would ban many semi-automatic firearms in the state under the guise of “assault weapons.”

According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the addition to Senate Bill 556 is vaguely written and contains decades old language that attempts to enhance the penalty of unlawfully carrying a wide spectrum of semi-automatic firearms in Illinois. “The real effect of this legislation would be to finally implant this damaging and dangerous language into Illinois law that could potentially pave the way for future registrations, bans and confiscation,” NRA-ILA reported in a legislative update.

In a nutshell, the amendment contains language to define commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms as so-called “assault weapons” simply because they look scary to untrained individuals.

Use Your Power!

Illinois gun owners are encouraged to contact their members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to oppose Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 556 when it comes up for a vote. To contact them, click here.

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