So Begins the War in Illinois

It looks like the politicians in Illinois are planning to go for the throats of gun owners. Shall Not Be Questioned notified their readers that the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) sent out an alert detailing the dastardly deeds of their state’s politicians:

The ISRA has learned from a credible source that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton will introduce a so called “assault weapons” ban on Wednesday when the legislature returns for its “lame duck” session. Cullerton hopes to ramrod the bill through and get it to Governor Quinn for signature by Friday. If he is successful at doing so, nearly every gun you currently own will be banned and will be subject to confiscation by the Illinois State Police.

Based on what we know about Cullerton’s bill, firearms that would be banned include all semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Pump action shotguns would be banned as well. This would be a very comprehensive ban that would include not only so-called “assault weapons” but also such classics as M1 Garands and 1911-based pistols. There would be no exemptions and no grandfathering. You would have a very short window to turn in your guns to the State Police to avoid prosecution.

This is a rather bold move, especially after an Illinois federal appeals court ruled that the state’s prohibition against all form of carry was unconstitutional. Although such a law is unlikely to hold up in court its passage could cause Illinois gun owners a great deal of misery since a majority of their firearms would be deemed illegal until the law itself was ruled unlawful. This could be a very interesting fight to witness.