The State of Illinois has outlawed the sale of military-level assault weapons. The ban went into effect immediately after being enacted Jan. 10. The legislation allows all those already owning these weapons to register them with Illinois State Police by Jan 1.
State of Illinois Enacts Ban on Sale of Assault Weapons
The sale of high grade assault weapons is now prohibited in Illinois. The ban went into effect immediately, and the legislation allows all those already owning these weapons to register them with Illinois State Police by Jan. 1, 2024.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act in the evening of Jan. 10 following its passage 34-20 in the state senate Jan. 9 and 68-41 in the Illinois House and Representatives Jan. 10, The Associated Press reported.
As amended the state criminal code now outlaws the sale and possession of assault weapons and assault weapon attachments, .50-caliber rifles and .50-caliber cartridges.The house passed the final version of the bill on the last day of the current legislative session.
“For a long time now, I and many other leaders in the Illinois General Assembly have prioritized getting the most dangerous weapons off our state’s streets,” Pritzker said in a press release. “Today, honoring the commitment we made, we passed one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the nation, one I will be proud to sign.”
Illinois is now the ninth state to put an assault weapons ban in place. Pritzker and Democratic representatives in Springfield promised to pass an assault weapons ban following the mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois which was carried out with an assault weapon.