Illinois: CC Legal, Let’s Ban the Guns
January 7, 2013 in Guns
As recently as three weeks ago, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Illinois ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional and the legalization was long overdue. According to Judge Richard Posner, “There is no suggestion that some unique characteristic of criminal activity in Illinois justifies the state taking a different approach from the other 49 states.”
Posner continues, “If the Illinois approach was demonstrably superior, one would expect at least one or two other states to have emulated it.” The federal court gave 180 days for lawmakers to create a bill that would legalize open carry in the state. This seemed to be a major victory for all gun rights advocates in Illinois but with recent developments in gun control laws, it appears to be hollow.
Within this last week Democratic Senate leader John Cullerton submitted HB 815 amendment 1 & 2 and HB 1263 amendments 5 & 6, which would essentially ban most semiautomatic handguns, rifles, and shotguns (including pump rifles and shotguns), ammunition magazines that hold 10 rounds or more, require registration with Illinois State police, and most likely close down gun ranges and clubs.
Apparently there is some opposition, State Sen. Dale Righter stated, “I will not support any legislation…That requires anyone in Illinois to register their firearms with state government.” The amendments did pass through the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee…