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Illinois Bullet Serial Number Legislation Going Before House Committee November 15?

Earlier today, an article with the headline “Gun-Controlled Chicago Approaches 4,000 Shooting Victims For 2016” caught my attention on Breitbart.com. In it, AWR Hawkins wrote:

The Democrats in Chicago and the state of Illinois are pushing to squash this mayhem with more gun laws and regulations. One Chicago leader is pressing for a “declaration of a state of emergency” for the city, and state Representative Sonya Harper (D-6th) wants to require serial numbers on every bullet and bullet casing.

Harper told Fox 32, “We just want to know how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder on our streets.” She did not address that attempts at ballistic fingerprinting have repeatedly failed to solve crime when implemented in other cities, nor did she mention that such regulations drive up the prices law-abiding citizens have to pay for ammunition

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Later, I learned about this proposed ammo serialization program in Illinois on the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action website:

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 6615, legislation that seeks to create a serialization system of “handgun ammunition” in Illinois. While HB 6615 claims to only encompass handgun ammunition, the language would also go so far as to include most popular pistol, rifle and shotgun ammunition.

Sponsored by state Representative Sonya Harper, HB 6615 will cost millions of dollars to implement and maintain, and is easily circumvented by criminals who seek to commit their criminal acts without care of another law on the books. Even common household tools could be used to distort or deface the serial number and render it illegible.

Not only would it be ineffective at preventing crime, this anti-gun bill would create a de facto registry of gun owners in Illinois. Every serialized cartridge would need to be registered to the individual that purchased it. This legislation would also criminalize the millions of cartridges that are currently lawfully owned by Illinois gun owners for target shooting, hunting and personal protection. Those who reload their own ammunition would not be allowed to do so anymore because it would be impossible to match the serial numbers on used cartridge cases to new bullets…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

If readers haven’t figured it out by now, Illinois gun “control” supporters never rest.

The NRA-ILA offers opponents of HB 6615 a way to take action via their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Hawkins, AWR. “Gun-Controlled Chicago Approaches 4,000 Shooting Victims For 2016.” Breitbart.com. 14 Nov. 2016. (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/14/gun-controlled-chicago-approaches-4000-shooting-victims-2016/). 14. Nov. 2016.

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Illinois Democrat Introduces Statewide Gun Registration, Ammo ‘Control’ Bill

“A list, record, or registry of legally owned firearms or law-abiding firearm owners is not a law enforcement tool and can become an instrument for profiling, harassing, or abusing law-abiding citizens based on their choice to own a firearm and exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Further, such a list, record, or registry has the potential to fall into the wrong hands and become a shopping list for thieves.”

-State of Florida Statutes, 790.335 Prohibition of registration of firearms; electronic records

The push for more gun “control” is on the march in the “Land of Lincoln.”

Last year around this time, State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) spearheaded statewide gun registration and ammunition “control” in Illinois with HB4715. Creating the “Firearms Registration Act,” the legislation eventually went nowhere.

This time around, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago) is the torch-bearer of more gun and ammo “control” in the Midwestern state, filing the resurrected Firearms Registration Act legislation in the Senate (SB1413) on February 20. From a synopsis of the bill over 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. Provides that the Department of State Police must complete a background check of any person who applies for: (1) a registration certificate for a firearm that was lawfully owned or possessed on the effective date of the Act, was brought into the State by a new resident, or was acquired by operation of law upon the death of the former owner; or (2) a renewal of a registration certificate unless, within 12 months of the date the renewal application is submitted, the applicant passed a background check conducted by the Department in connection with the applicant’s acquisition of another firearm. Provides exceptions. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that it is a Class 2 felony to sell or transfer ownership of a firearm to another person without complying with the registration requirement of the Firearms Registration Act.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Before Illinois gun owners dismiss the chances of such legislation becoming law in the state, it should be noted that:

• 2014 was as an election year for state senators and representatives
• Illinois Democrats maintain a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly in 2015- 71 Democrats to 46 Republicans in the House and 39 Democrats to 20 Republicans in the Senate
• A future mass shooting along the lines of Newtown or some other mass casualty event on American soil “featuring” firearms could be all it takes for the public to get behind the Firearms Registration Act

For more information about Illinois Senate Bill 1413 and to track its status, you can visit the Illinois General Assembly website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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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
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wisconsin Democrats Circulate Draft Legislation Banning Hunting Ammunition

How synonymous is Wisconsin with hunting?

Well, consider something I blogged back in October of last year:

While I was in Wisconsin earlier in the week, I checked the family’s mailbox for my latest issue of MidWest Outdoors, a monthly magazine that focuses on fishing, hunting, and camping in the Midwest.

From one of my favorite sections, “Shot Shots and Small Catches,” for October:

There will be over 600,000 hunters this year in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s hunters will become the eighth largest army in the world.

Wisconsin hunters. 8th largest army in the world. Pretty impressive.

And pretty angry at Wisconsin Democrats right about now from what I hear.

Brian Sikma reported on the website of Media Trackers, a conservative non-profit, non-partisan investigative watchdog, last Friday:

A Democratic state senator and three Democratic state representatives have circulated draft legislation that would ban civilian possession of hollow point or frangible ammunition. According to existing Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulations, sportsmen and women in Wisconsin must use such ammunition when hunting deer or bear. The Democratic lawmakers, two of whom are freshman, all hail from urban districts in the City of Milwaukee.

The reasoning behind the legislation is a bit muddled. The impact, however, is quite clear. According to a legislative counsel review of the legislation, it would essentially make it impossible for civilians to hunt deer or bear in Wisconsin

The draft legislation (linked to below) was circulated this week by Sen. Nikiya Harris (D), Rep. Mandela Barnes, (D), Rep. Evan Goyke (D), and Rep. Fred Kessler (D)…

In their e-mail circulating the draft to fellow legislators, the quartet claimed that the military uses hollow point ammunition. “While used by the military for decades – in part because they inflict massive wounds – hollowpoint bullets have little, if any, practical use for self-defense or hunting in everyday society. Tragically, they are essentially human-killing bullets.”

That statement is false.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Like I said last week. Gun “control.” Democrats own this baby now. And something tells me they might come to regret it come Election Day 2014, just like a number of their predecessors did in the nineties.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Sikma, Brian. “Democrats Seek to Ban Hunting Ammunition in Wisconsin.” Media Trackers. 15 Feb. 2013. (http://mediatrackers.org/2013/02/15/democrats-seek-to-ban-hunting-ammunition-in-wisconsin/). 19 Feb. 2013.

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Chicago Activists Want Federal Law Requiring Barcodes On Bullets

Another gun “control” initiative could be coming from Chicago. From the website of ABC affiliate Channel 7 (Chicago) last night (hat tip Second City Cop):

Local activists want Congress to pass a law requiring gun and ammunition manufacturers to imprint barcodes on bullets.

They believe it would be an effective way to use technology to reduce incidents of violent crime.

Members of the clergy and community leaders gathered at the Westside Baptist Ministers Conference to present their suggestion. They say barcode imprints would make it easier for law enforcement officials to track the source of bullets used in violent crimes and could also help lead to the arrest of criminals.

Activists look to work with their representatives in Washington to draft legislation.

Critics of “marking” ammunition claim that it would lead to more expensive ammunition and is tantamount to a backdoor gun registration.

Furthermore, they argue that barcoded or microstamped bullets would be ineffective as criminals would instead use widely-available “unmarked” ammo, even if it were outlawed.

Eighteen states have introduced legislation for “marking” ammunition. None of these bills have become law.

Source:

“Barcodes on bullets? Ministers say it would cut crime.” Channel 7 (Chicago). 18 Apr. 2012. (http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8626795). 19 Apr. 2012.

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