Further Erosion of the 2nd Amendment in Illinois

By Michael Kleen

Since the Supreme Court overturned Chicago’s handgun ban in 2010, Illinois legislators have been looking for new ways to circumvent the U.S. Constitution and deprive citizens in this state of their right to bear arms. At the beginning of February, the Illinois House Rules Committee sent three bills to the House floor: HB1294, HB1599, and HB1855. These bills would revise the Criminal Code of 1961 and the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act in a way that compromises the U.S. Constitution and undermines public safety by turning peaceable citizens into criminals simply for possessing certain types of weapons.

HB1294 amends The Criminal Code of 1961 to prohibit the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of semi-automatic assault weapons, assault weapon attachments, .50 caliber rifles, and .50 caliber cartridges, including fixed magazines that have the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Exceptions are made for sport shooting, police, active duty military, and prison employees.

HB1599 amends The Criminal Code of 1961 to prohibit the sale, manufacture, purchase, or possession of certain types of weapons, including bludgeons, black-jacks, slungshots, sand-clubs, sand-bags, “knuckle weapons” (regardless of their composition), throwing stars, and switchblades. It further prohibits the “possession with the intent to use” of various improvised weapons including razors, stilettos, and broken bottles or other pieces of glass, stun guns, “or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character.” It also prohibits the transportation of firearms unless they are “broken down in a non-functioning state” or “unloaded and enclosed in a case.”

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About Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and freelance columnist. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He lives in Rockford, Illinois, where he was the 2013 Republican candidate for mayor.

Posted on February 8, 2012, in Columns and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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