Illinois bill to confiscate guns from young Americans quickly gains steam — even from some Republicans

The push for more restrictive gun laws is gaining momentum in Illinois.

The state’s House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would require gun owners ages 18-20 to hand over or “transfer” ownership of their “assault weapons” under threat of misdemeanor offense charges, Fox 2 reports.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File).

The proposed legislation is now under consideration in the Illinois General Assembly’s upper chamber, introduced by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). Over the last week, it has gained seven co-sponsors.

Among the Senate sponsors is Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the Republican who ran against US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2014.

Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman).

During that race, the NRA endorsed Oberweis and gave him an “A” rating.

HB 1465, authored by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), would prohibit anyone under 21 from purchasing .50 caliber rifles and cartridges or attachments.

Owners who do not meet the age requirements would have 90 days to transfer ownership, Fox 2 reports.

Illinois Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman).

The NRA spoke out against HB 1465, saying it would prohibit “commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms” and bar adults under 21 from owning magazines carrying more than 10 rounds.

“In addition, language in the bill would prohibit out-of-state visitors from being present in Illinois for longer than 24 hours with such firearms or standard capacity magazines,” the NRA wrote.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago.(AP Photo/Seth Perlman).

Mussman told critics that the bill would not amount to the confiscation of property. Persons caught violating the law would be charged with a misdemeanor offense, but authorities would not visit homes to pick up guns.

(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images).

The bill was a response to the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school that left 17 dead.

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel is a South Florida-based writer covering politics, society, and culture.
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