Democrats in the Illinois House on Thursday unveiled a proposal to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and eliminate the ability for most people under 21 to obtain a gun permit in the state.
Filed on the final legislative session day of 2022, lawmakers in Illinois are seeking to pass a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and standard-capacity magazines.
Lawmakers aren’t secheduled to return to the Legislature until after the new year, where a lower vote threshold will take immediate effect.
In 2023, each chamber will only need a simple majority to pass legislation, opposed to years passed, where a three-fifth majority was needed.
Such measures will be met with legal challenges, like in Naperville, IL, where the National Foundation for Gun Rights, the legal arm of the National Association for Gun Rights, is suing and seeking a court order to prevent the ban from taking effect.
Along with banning so-called “assualt weapons” and standard-capacity magazines, this legislation strengthens Illinois’ “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law and restricts people under 21 from obtaining a Firearm Owners’ Identification, unless they are active-duty members of the U.S. military of Illinois National Guard.