Illinois has become another state in the Union to make history…..they have banned a lethal obsession of its citizens….
Illinois on Tuesday became the latest U.S. state to ban the sale or possession of assault weapons.
Just hours after the legislation’s passage in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the “Protect Illinois Communities Act” into law during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Springfield. Supporters, some of whom were gun violence survivors, erupted with applause and cheers as the governor presented the signed document.
The new law bans assault weapons, including some semiautomatic firearms, along with high-capacity magazines and rapid-firing devices.
“For a long time now, I and many other leaders in the Illinois General Assembly have prioritized getting the most dangerous weapons off our state’s streets,” Pritzker said in a statement Tuesday. “Today, honoring the commitment we made, we passed one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the nation, one I will be proud to sign.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden “commends the leadership of Illinois … and the numerous advocates, survivors, and elected officials whose tireless efforts turned the pain of Highland Park and other acts of gun violence into meaningful action on behalf of all Illinoisans.”
Nine U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C., now prohibit the sale or possession of military-style weapons, driven largely by deadly mass shootings in their communities.
For Illinois, the ban came six months after a gunman wielding a semiautomatic rifle shot and killed seven people at a 4th of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.
“No Illinoisan, no matter their zip code, should have to go through life fearing their loved one could be the next in an ever-growing list of victims of mass shootings,” the governor said. “However, for too long people have lived in fear of being gunned down in schools, while worshipping, at celebrations or in their own front yards. This legislation will stop the spread of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and switches and make our state a safer place for all.”
Will this trend continue or will this just be a flash in the pan?
Will SCOTUS intervene?
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What about the assault rifles that they already own? Will they be surrendered, or bought-back by the state? Or is it only for new purchases?
Best wishes, Pete.
Older weapons will no doubt be grandfathered and sales will be on new….don’t know about existing weapons that are sold by individuals. chuq
This will be struck down as unconstitutional (which it is), and the Illinois tax payers will have to foot the bill.
No doubt… no spine having people will go with this. chuq
It will be a flash in the pan and the SCOTUS will hear cases opposing it and the right wing faction of the SCROTUS will overturn all the protections in the name of the second amendment… a fluke, of course, but typical of the right wing. The right wingers dio not intend to lose the support of the gun lobby so all these efforts to protect people will eventually regress and go down the sewer.
Sounds pretty accurate to me chuq
Thanx John I appreciate the exposure. chuq