Illinois, United States / 11.01.2023 19:37:29
Illinois has banned the sale of many common types of semiautomatic weapons in response to a massacre at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park last year and other mass shootings.
The new law, which the Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker signed Tuesday night, bans the sale of many types of guns that automatically load the next bullet after a shot, including rifles semi-automatic and pistols with detachable magazines.
The rifles that contain more than 10 bullets and pistols containing more than 15 are also prohibitedas are rapid-fire attachments and 50-caliber weapons.
On the other hand, people who already own such weapons they can keep them but they must register them with the state police.
Eight other states and the District of Columbia have already enacted similar bans. Gun owners’ rights groups say the bans violate the “right to keep and bear arms” of the second amendment of the United States Constitution and that many law-abiding Americans have such weapons for self defense, hunting and sport.
“No Illinois resident, regardless of ZIP code, should have to go through life fearing that their loved one may be next on an ever-growing list of victims of mass shootings”said Pritzker, a Democrat, in a statement.
In signing the bill, he invoked the attack on the Highland Park Fourth of July parade last year, in which a man with a semi-automatic rifle killed seven people and injured dozens more in the course of a few minutes.
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said the law affects nearly 2.5 million gun owners in the state and that his group would sue to reverse the ban. “Challenge accepted”said his statement.
Bradya national group that advocates against gun violence, said the ban it would save lives.