SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS — In another knee-jerk reaction to the recent school shooting in Florida, where 17 lives were taken, the state of Illinois is looking to remove firearms from those ages 18 to 20.
Just like how Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that makes the sale of certain firearms illegal to people in that age range, Illinois wants to take it a step further by forcing current owners to transfer or sell what they already –legally– possess.
As reported by fox2now.com;
The plan sponsored by Democratic Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg would prohibit minors from buying or possessing high-capacity weapons, attachments, .50-caliber rifles and cartridges. They would have 90 days to transfer ownership.
The legislation was OK’d 64-51.
Critics decried the idea that the government would confiscate property. Mussman said authorities will not visit homes to pick up weapons. But a first offense for getting caught with prohibited firearms would be a misdemeanor offense.
The Illinois House has voted to ban “bump stock” accessories that transform rifles into assault-style weapons.
Boy do I hate the mainstream media.
Saying that it would ‘prohibit minors’ from purchasing or possessing is silly. In the US, you’re pretty much considered an adult at age 18, making you… not a minor. If you’re old enough to go die for your country, you’re old enough to be considered an adult.
Now, back to the story.
If anyone that age is caught with one of the prohibited items, they face a misdemeanor charge. On the plus side, it was pointed out that police would not be going door-to-door and actively confiscating firearms. That’s a plus, of course, but it’s still a bad situation.
If Illinois indeed has this bill signed into law, you can bet that there will be lawsuits filed in the coming weeks (if not days).
This is a slippery slope that started, surprisingly, with Florida. The Gunshine State no longer holds up to it’s nickname, and it’s a shame that we’re seeing the rights of the law-abiding stripped right before our eyes.