Illinois lawmakers want to confiscate guns from young residents

A bill making its way through the Illinois legislature would require 18 to 20 year old residents to hand over their “assault weapons” to the government.

The bill, which recently passed in the state’s Senate, was sponsored in the House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and passed by a vote of 64-51.

The NRA describes the legislation thusly:

House Bill 1465, as amended by Representative Michelle Mussman (D-56), would deny law-abiding young adults under the age of 21 their Second Amendment rights by prohibiting them from possessing or purchasing commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and .50 BMG caliber rifles.  The bill would require adults under the age of 21 to dispose of such firearms within 90 days and to dispose of standard capacity magazines over ten rounds in capacity immediately.  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.

According to a local news report, Illinois residents who support the 2nd Amendment aren’t happy about the bill.

From Fox2: “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.”

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