Here It Comes… New Bill Requires Lawful Gun Owners To Transfer, Turn In Firearms


TO GO WITH US-shooting-guns-Australia,FOCUS by Martin Parry (FILES) This file photo taken on September 8, 1996 shows Norm Legg, a project supervisor with a local security firm, holding up an armalite rifle which is similar to the one used in the Port Arthur massacre and which was handed in for scrap in Melbourne after Australia banned all automatic and semi-automatic rifles in the aftermath of the Port Arthur shooting. When Martin Bryant massacred 35 people with semi-automatic weapons at Port Arthur in 1996, then-Australian prime minister John Howard reacted swiftly by pushing for tough new national gun laws. Within a year gun licences had been tightened, a weapons buy-back was enacted and an amnesty launched for anyone holding illegal arms, moves that took more than 600,000 guns out of action. AFP PHOTO / FILES / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

VIA|  Imagine lawfully owning something, only to have the government decide you can’t be trusted with that same item. You can’t be trusted, they say, because some dipstick on the other side of the country decided to use a similar item illegally and horribly. Because he was of a similar age to you, you can no longer have that item.

You’d be pissed, right? You’d be furious. More importantly, you’d have every right to be.

Now, make this item a gun–something ownership of which is protected by the United States Constitution–and you’ve got a nice summation of the bill recently passed in Illinois.

As different states are looking at their gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings, the Illinois State House and Senate passed a bill in late February that would require 18- to 20-year-olds to turn in their “assault rifles” within 90 days.

The Associated Press reports Democratic Rep. Michelle Mussman sponsored the bill, and it passed in the House 64-51.

If signed into law, it will prohibit people under 21 years old from buying or possessing “assault rifles,” high-capacity magazines, and .50-caliber rifles.

“There’s always the debate about whether or not it’s appropriate to have a discussion in the heat of the moment,” Mussman said on the House floor. “But I think that what we are seeing right now is a demand from the public that we stop kicking this down the road. That we actually do something about this.”

If there is an upside to this, it’s that officials say the plan isn’t to go door to door looking for guns. However, anyone age 18- to 20-years-old in possession of a banned firearm will be charged with a misdemeanor.

 

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