Days after being forced to pay $399,950 to the Second Amendment Foundation for legal fees incurred in the McDonald v. Chicago case, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched on February 9th a new attack against gun owners by calling for a state wide handgun registry.
The registration proposal calls for gun owners to pay $65 for a registration certificate for every handgun owned. The certificate would last for 5 years and cost $25 to renew. Non-compliance would be a class 2 felony.
While the Mayor of Chicago can not introduce legislation into the General Assembly its being reported that state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a republican from Park Ridge will be one of the bill sponsorís in the House.
This latest salvo from Mayor Emanuel is only part of the attack on gun rights by the Chicago machine.
On January 24th in a move that surprised even the Illinois Gun Lobby, the Chicago Machine passed two bills out of committee and on to the House floor for consideration.
The first bill is HB1294 this bill Bans the Manufacture, Possession, Delivery, Sale and Purchase of semi-automatic firearms in the State; the bill was filed on Feb 8, 2011 by Rep. Edward Acevedo.
The bill has garnered several co-sponsors; all are considered to be part of the Chicago Machine and are rabid anti-gunners.
The second bill is HB1599 it too was introduced by Rep. Edward Acevedo; it increases the penalties for any gun owner not complying with the mandates in HB1294.
The Illinois State Rifle Association has issued an alert on these bills. They are reporting that..
IF THESE BILLS PASS, YOU WILL HAVE 90 DAYS TO SURRENDER YOUR GUNS TO THE POLICE OR THE POLICE WILL BE COMING TO YOUR DOOR TO TAKE YOUR GUNS TO THE FURNACE, AND YOU TO THE PENITENTIARY.
Its being reported that once again the State is behind on its FOID card obligations causing the ISRA to re-issue an alert concerning the failure of the State Police to issue FOID cards
While Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Machine are eager to register and confiscate guns of peaceful Illinoisans they donít seem to mind the Obama administration running guns to gangs in Chicago
I wonder if those gang bangers had valid FOID cards.
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