Illinois is on the verge of becoming the most unfriendly state in the union for gun owners, following a slate of anti-Second Amendment legislation in response to the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
The veto pen of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is the only thing standing in the way of the gun confiscation bills that the Democrat-controlled House and Senate are sending to his desk. One of the worst bills passed so far is HB 1465, which bans adults between 18 and 21 from owning semi-automatic firearms.
HB 1465 gives young adults 90 days to dispose of any semi-automatic weapons that they currently own. The bill also requires the same age group to turn in magazines that hold 10 or more rounds immediately. In addition, the bill bans all out-of-state visitors who own semi-automatic firearms from remaining in the state longer than 24 hours; this provision applies to all Americans in any age group. The bill easily passed the Illinois House on a vote of 64 to 51. The Illinois Senate passed it 33 to 22, with almost no debate.
Aside from the fact that this is blatantly unconstitutional, it sets a dangerous precedent for the people of Illinois (and the rest of America by proxy). What is the main difference between a 21-year-old and a 22-year-old? Using that same absence of logic, senior citizens could be banned from gun ownership next. One group of Americans is too young to exercise a constitutional right and another group is too old. This person is too tall. That person is overweight. Where does the arbitrariness of stripping rights away end?
Imagine the howls of indignation from the gun-grabbers and the media if a state attempted to take a different constitutional right away from the 18 to 21 crowd. If a 21-year-old is not responsible enough to own a semi-automatic, they’re probably too young to vote, right? Or, perhaps we should not allow anyone the right to free speech or to petition the government until they reach age 22. (That would have spared everyone from CNN’s staged town hall meeting with the Parkland schools’ trained teenage crisis actors.)
The Illinois legislature has also passed HB 1468, which would impose a 72-hour waiting period on the purchase of semi-automatic rifles. A bill to ban all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds is under consideration in the Illinois House (HB 1469). The Democrats are having more trouble passing HB 1469 because it would effectively ban most handguns in Illinois.
The last hope for gun owners in Illinois at this point is Governor Rauner, who is up for reelection this year. Rauner vetoed a bill in February that would have required the state of Illinois to license and regulate all gun stores (which the federal government already does). Rauner is an “extremely moderate” Republican, to put it mildly, but perhaps with his reelection on the line, he will do the right thing. If Rauner does sign the bills into law, Illinois will suddenly become the most anti-gun state in America.
~ Ready to Fire News