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Illinois Passes Bill to Force People Under 21 to Surrender “Assault Weapons”

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There has been no shortage of legislators discussing ways to limit gun violence in America following the latest mass shooting. Some states don’t plan to change any aspect of their gun laws, but one state will surely anger law-abiding gun owners with its newly passed bill HB 1465.

The state of Illinois passed the bill on March, 14. The bill has been controversial since it was brought forth by House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and passed by a vote of 33 to 22 according to Breitbart.

The bill will ban certain types of semi-automatic weapons to those under 21. The part of the bill causing quite a bit of controversy is that anyone under the age of 21 in the state will have to surrender any previously purchased semi-automatic within 90 days of the bill taking effect. Failure to do so will result in a Class 3 felony. The second offense will be a Class 2 felony.

According to Truth in Media, HB 1465 specifies semi-automatic rifles or pistols that have a magazine-fed system that holds more than 10 rounds.

On February 28, of this year the bill passed in the House by a vote of 64-51. Even with the March passage in the Senate, the bill will still need to go back to the house as lawmakers added an amendment that has to be considered.

The amendment that helped pass the bill gives an affirmative defense to those who bought the firearm before the ban went into effect. Republicans have long argued that the bill should not affect those that already own the firearm.

The affirmative defense does not mean that someone won’t go to jail for not surrendering their firearm, but Sen. Chapin Rose wants to give those who choose to keep their weapon a defense that could negate criminal or civil liability.