Illinois Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis just voted for a bill that would force those under 21 to give up their semi-automatic rifles within 90 days of passage:
A bill requiring 18-20 year olds to hand over or transfer ownership of heretofore legally possessed “assault weapons” is gaining sponsors in the Illinois Senate after passing the House last month.
The bill, HB 1465, was sponsored in the House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and passed by a vote of 64-51 on February 28.
After being introduced in the upper house by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the bill has added seven co-sponsors in the last week. Notable among them was Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the NRA “A” rated 2014 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
The NRA-ILA described the weapons covered by HB 1465 as “commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.” The bill also requires 18-20-year-olds to forfeit ownership of any magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
The guns and magazines remain legal for persons 21 and up, but persons under 21 would have 90 days to give up ownership, should HB 1465 become law.
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While this bill is undoubtedly unconstitutional the scary part is that a politician with an A rating from the NRA supports it.
It also comes on the heels of Florida Republican approving a onerous gun control package which included raising the age to buy a rifle to 21, bnned bump stocks, and imposed a three day waiting period before acquiring a new firearm.
What do you think about this?
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Why are Republicans suddenly caving on gun control?