Statewide Gun Registration, Ammo ‘Control’ Bill Introduced In Illinois

The following Illinois gun/ammo “control” legislation made headlines in February, but it’s making the rounds again this week (probably due to its outrageousness?). From a press release on the website of Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago):

CHICAGO, IL – State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) introduced a bill requiring the registration of firearms in the State of Illinois.

“We’ve dealt for too long with gun violence in our neighborhoods, most often perpetrated by individuals who acquired the firearm through illicit means,” Cassidy said. “Registration is a common sense policy that ties the weapon to its buyer, preventing the types of straw purchasing that put guns into criminals hands. According to a University of Chicago Crime Lab Report, 45% of firearms used in crimes in our state were purchased legally in Illinois and then illegally transferred. Registration creates a safeguard against these transfers and significantly hinders the ability for criminals to acquire firearms.”

HB 4715, the Firearms Registration Act, would require registration of firearms upon purchase, and for firearms owned at the time of passage. The registration process would include a background check, and transfer to an individual without complying with registration would be a Class 2 felony…

Not only is Illinois House Bill 4715 calling for a gun registry, but also ammunition “control” as well. From the bill’s status page on the Illinois General Assembly website:

Creates the Firearms Registration Act. Provides that every person in the State must register each firearm he or she owns or possesses in accordance with the Act. Provides that a person shall not purchase or possess ammunition within this State without having first obtained a registration certificate identifying a firearm that is suitable for use with that ammunition, or a receipt demonstrating that the person has applied to register a suitable firearm under the Act and that the application is pending

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Since February 5, the bill has been with the House Rules Committee.

My guess is that it will emerge shortly after the next high-profile mass shooting.

You can view the current status of Illinois HB 4715 on the Illinois General Assembly here.

By Christopher E. Hill
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2 Comments to Statewide Gun Registration, Ammo ‘Control’ Bill Introduced In Illinois

  1. Illinois has been effed up since the early 70s. In fact, the best thing to come out of Illinois EVER is an empty bus. It’s fascinating that the only folks in Illinois that are ‘allowed’ to have weapons are the rich. If you make a campaign contribution to Rahm, I guarantee you’ll get a ‘shall issue’ permit to carry a weapon. If you don’t, you are an instant felon for even considering such a thing. VOTE WITH YOUR FEET! Or, are you feeling obligated to pay off all the corruption and graft that Illinois politicians have saddled your citizens with?

  2. BlackDog on March 23rd, 2014
  3. Thanks for the comment BlackDog. I agree with you that Illinois is indeed “effed up.” And since the same people who created this mess look to be in charge for the foreseeable future, there’s doesn’t look to be any way back to prosperity from my vantage point. Illinois will most likely have to hit the proverbial “brick wall” and clean up the mess before any firm footing is achieved in the “Land of Lincoln” again. The State’s financial numbers don’t lie. And they’re looking downright scary these days!

  4. Editor on March 23rd, 2014

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