NRA urging voters to pressure Senate to reject three gun-related bills
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is urging Illinois' state senators to reject a number of gun control bills on March 14 that could would greatly alter the way the industry operates across the state.
Among the proposals to be considered by the Senate on March 14 are measures that would ban the possession of most semi-automatic weapons and magazines by law-abiding owners under 21, create a 72-hour waiting period on modern semi-automatic firearms and ban certain firearm accessories and historical firearms.
The proposals also stipulate that those under 21 would be required to surrender their firearms within 90 days of the bills becoming law.
With the proposals having already passed the House, an NRA press release urges voters to contact their state senators to make their opposition to House Bills 1465, 1467 and 1468 known.
In the case of HB1468, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook), critics argue that the push to require a three-day waiting period for such commonly owned firearms may result in mass confusion among gun sellers. Current Illinois law requires a 72-hour waiting period for handguns and a 24-hour waiting period for long guns.
HB1467, sponsored by Rep. Martin Moylan (D-Des Plaines), takes aim firearm components commonly known as bump stocks and trigger cranks, though NRA members argue “the broad and vague language could be interpreted to ban components used on competition grade firearms” and make things harder for collectors and historical re-enactors.