The bill says:
trigger modification device” means any part, or combination of parts, designed or intended to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm, but does not convert the firearm into a machine gun, including, but not limited to”
- This would not only apply to bump-stocks, but to any after market drop in trigger. From a national match type set to a Geissle.
- It could also be applied to an action job where parts are modified, stoned, honed or improved.
- It could apply to other component changes like a bolt carrier swap, where a competition shooter puts a lighter titanium carrier in to decrease cycling time.
- It could even apply to changing out springs in a competition shotgun trigger.
- Since it applies to any firearm, an action job on a revolver would be covered.
- In short, it outlaws a lot of standard gun-smithing work on firearms.
- Violation is a Class 2 Felony
The bill bans “assault weapons”.
Outside of a single feature test, it also includes any semi-auto rifle with a detachable magazine:
“any rifle which has a belt fed ammunition system or which has a detachable magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition” adding they define this as being:
“For the purposes of this Section, a firearm is considered to have the ability to accept a detachable magazine unless the magazine or ammunition feeding device can only be removed through disassembly of the firearm action.”
- The single feature test includes folding or telescoping stocks
- Detachable magazine
- Barrel shroud
- Semi-auto rifles with fixed magazines of more than 10 rounds
- Firearms with Detachable magazines are defined as such unless the firearm needs to be disassembled in order for the magazine to be removed. -California bullet button ban.
Semi-Auto Shotguns that:
- Have folding or telescoping stocks.
- Hold ammo in a revolving cylinder
- Have a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds
The Department of Natural Resources may exclude firearms from the designation of “Assault Weapon” by rule if it has a “viable application to hunting game” and conforms to “hunting principles of fair chase”.
Assault Weapon attachments
The bill also bans attachments to convert firearm into “assault weapons”. This would appear to ban the sale of uppers and other components. Want to change out your handguard on an AR – NO. Destroy your upper due to a catastrophic failure and need to replace it – Can’t.
Class 4 felony
.50 Cal Ban
The ban is on .50 BMG cartridges and rifles.
Effective dates within the bill
- Bill becomes law upon signature or override.
- Within 180 days of the bill becoming law the State Police must carry out its requirements
- On or after the effective date it is illegal to for any person to deliver, sell, or purchase or cause to be possessed by another “assault weapons”
- 300 days after the effective date it shall be unlawful to possess assault weapons, .50 cal rifles or .50 cal ammo.
Currently owned firearms:
Within 180 days, but no more than 300, firearms must be registered with the State Police.
They may be transferred only to heirs, individual in another state, or a dealer. Current firearms are not transferrable to other individuals within the state that are not an heir.
Registration fee of $25 per person.
It is unclear what dealers would do if they take a gun in on trade or how gun clubs would treat any firearms they own.
- The normal exemptions exist for law enforcement, DoD and other agencies.
- Retired law enforcement are able to retain their firearms
- There are specific exemptions for manufacturers, for exempted parties and residents of other states.
New transportation standards:
- The bill sets new transportation standards for firearms, specifically for non-residents.
- Sets ‘to and from only’ transportation standards for certain shooting events at the World Shooting Complex and while hunting.
- Leaves open to question if the affected firearms may even be taken outside the home
- Outlaws any magazine over 10 rounds
- Exempts tube mags on lever guns or .22s
- Exempts manufacturing for exempted classes and sales outside of Illinois.
- Class 3 felony for sale, delivery and purchase of mags holding more than 15 rounds.
- Class 2 felony if more than two mags.
- NO grandfather clause for mags
For more details, the FULL TEXT bill can be viewed here.