Illinois becomes the ninth state to ban assault weapons

Illinois becomes the ninth state to ban assault weapons

The Illinois State Rifle Association said it will suffer millions in losses with the new law that prohibits assault weapons and announced that it will go to court
In a historic event, Illinois became the latest US state to ban the sale or possession of assault weapons.

The “Illinois Protecting Communities Act” prohibits assault weapons, including some semi-automatic firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines and rapid-fire devices.

After passing both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the new law with supporters, some of whom were survivors of gun violence.
The signing ceremony took place during a ceremony held at the State Capitol in Springfield, where cheers were heard as the governor signed the law that adds to those approved in the same sense in other states.

Now Nine US states, as well as Washington, D.C., now prohibit the sale or possession of military-grade weapons.

“For too long, I and many other leaders in the Illinois General Assembly have made getting the most dangerous weapons off the streets of our state a priority,” Pritzker said in a statement.

The Governor added: “Today, honoring the commitment we made, we pass one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the nation, one I will be proud to sign.”

For her part, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden “commends the leadership of Illinois … and the many advocates, survivors and elected officials whose tireless efforts turned the pain of Highland Park and other acts of gun violence in a meaningful action on behalf of all Illinoisans.”

The new law did not like the arms manufacturers

As reported by the Illinois State Rifle Association, the ban affects nearly 2.5 million legal firearm owners in the state.

“Challenge accepted,” ISRA executive director Richard Pearson said in a statement, responding to the ban. “The Illinois State Rifle Association will take on the State of Illinois in court.”

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