Assault Weapons Ban: On Tuesday, Illinois’ Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that bans guns and high-capacity magazines in various ways. The governor’s office said in a news release that the new law limits the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, bans “switches” that let handguns fire rounds automatically, and “extends the ability of courts to stop dangerous people from having a gun through firearm restraining orders.“
The ban goes into effect immediately, but people who already have these weapons don’t have to give them up. However, they will have to register their ownership of semi-automatic rifles. “No Illinoisan, no matter where they live, should have to live in fear that a family member could be the next person killed in a mass shooting.
But for too long, people have been afraid of being shot in schools, churches, parties, or even their front yards, Pritzker said in a statement. “This law will stop the spread of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and switches, making our state safer for everyone.“
The bill passed the state Senate 34 to 20 on Monday and the House 68 to 41 on Tuesday, mostly along party lines. It is now on Pritzker’s desk. Democrats are in charge of both chambers. “This ban on assault weapons is a step in the right direction, making families and law enforcement in Illinois safer.
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However, there is no magic fix, no one law that will end gun violence for good. So, we must keep fighting, voting, and protesting so that massacres like Highland Park, Sandy Hook, and Uvalde will only be in history books for future generations,” Pritzker said on Tuesday.
In the Highland Park shooting, which happened at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb last year, the suspect is said to have fired more than 70 rounds into a crowd, killing seven people and hurting dozens more.
Authorities said that the high-powered gun used in the shooting was “like an AR-15” and that it was bought legally. Several Republicans did not like the new law. State Rep. Dave Severin made a statement criticizing the registration requirement and supporting legal challenges.
Another representative, Charlie Meier, said the law “won’t stop gang violence in our cities, but it will make it harder for law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves and their families at home.” Pritzker started his second term as governor with the ban on Tuesday. He has also signed laws to try to stop gun violence.
Illinois has passed what is likely the strongest assault weapons ban in the nation and @GovPritzker stands ready to sign it into law.
Thank you to members of the Illinois General Assembly for standing up to the gun lobby and standing for our children + families. #EnoughIsEnough
— Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (@LtGovStratton) January 10, 2023
In May 2022, the governor signed HB 4383. This law says people can’t sell or own “ghost guns,” self-assembled guns often put together with parts bought online. It also ensures that all firearms have serial numbers, making it easier for law enforcement to track them.
In June of last year, Pritzker signed HB4729, which says that the Department of Public Health must create and run a two-year public awareness campaign about safe gun storage. If you think this is interesting, please share it with your friends. For more updates and the latest news regarding celebrities, Visit Lighthousejournal.org.
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