Illinois Democrats Push ‘Assault Weapons’ Registration, Gun Owner’s Fee

FILE -Three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 15, 2012. The gunmen in two of the nation's most recent mass shootings, including last week's massacre at a Texas elementary school, legally bought the assault weapons they used …
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Illinois Democrats are set to begin committee hearings on a piece of legislation that would require all “assault weapons” to be registered with the state and mandate that owners of the guns pay a fee.

Rep. Bob Morgan (D) sponsored the legislation, which also contain certain firearm bans. He tweeted that it will receive its first hearing December 12, 2022.

Morgan wrote: “We’ve had many people contact my office on how to be involved in ensuring safe gun legislation for our state gets passed. The first hearing for HB5855 will be on Mon, Dec 12th. If you have any questions on how to submit a witness slip, please see the linked tweet below!”

He then tweeted a link to allow gun control proponents to create a “witness slip” in order to voice support for the measure.

WGN-TV reported that Morgan’s bill bans “assault weapons.” It also bans “high-capacity magazines and rapid-fire devices…[and would] raise the age of obtaining a FOID [Firearm Owners Identification] card from 18 to 21 unless the person applying for the card is a member of the military.”

Illinois residents who already own guns that Democrats call “assault weapons” would be allowed to keep them, but would have to register them. Owners would also have to pay a $25 fee.

On December 11 Breitbart News noted that Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) wants to revisit his state’s “assault weapons” ban and repeal residents’ ability to possess the guns, even though they owned them before the ban took effect.

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 14: CT Governor Ned Lamont (D-CT) speaks at a Covid-19 community vaccination clinic on March 14, 2021, in Stamford, Connecticut. The non-profit Building One Community organized the event to administer the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to more than 350 people from the immigrant and undocumented communities. The vaccines were supplied by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Vaccine recipients are due to return in April for their second dose.

Governor Ned Lamont (D-CT) speaks at a Covid-19 community vaccination clinic on March 14, 2021, in Stamford, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

The CT Mirror quoted Lamont saying, “(AR-15s) should not be allowed in the state of Connecticut. I think they’re killers … I think they’re incredibly dangerous in our community. You’re not serious about crime if you leave them on the street.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation told Breitbart News there are approximately 25 million firearms which Democrats label “assault weapons” in circulation in the USA.

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