Illinois Senate Committee Bans Semiautomatic Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
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An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them.

The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill’s sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal.

Democrats are pushing the gun restrictions in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut last month.

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  • S. Wolf

    No state or the federal government has the power to outlaw any weapons or means of loading weapons.

    ‘When In The Course Of Human Events….

    You’ve read that document, yes?

    Let’s quote the first part of it.

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    The Founders went on to devise our Constitution, which is a list of powers and explicitly denied all others not enumerated therein from the Federal Government.

    Indeed The Constitution itself declares in Article VI the following:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    But the 10 Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were considered to be sufficient at the time and thus were passed with The Constitution, becoming an inherent part thereof. (Ed: Those who wish to argue timelines may do so but are playing wordgames and semantics in a raw and puerile attempt to dilute the debate; it was only the promise to actually collect and pass the Bill of Rights that got the Constitution ratified. And yes, I’m aware there were originally 12 Amendments proposed.)

    It is only through the process in Article V that any clause in The Constitution or any existing Amendment can be overridden in a lawful manner. Any other law or regulation, no matter how proposed, no matter how passed, no matter if enforced or not, is facially void upon the very words in The Constitution itself.

    This isn’t opinion. It’s black-letter fact, and that this fact has been intentionally and wantonly disrespected and violated on a serial basis only turns each and every one of the legislators, law enforcement officials and executive members who have done so into factual criminals.’…

    When In The Course Of Human Events….

    All laws whether of states or the federal government that infringe the right to keep and bear arms are null and void from the instant they are passed, and there is no obligation to obey such laws. We the people decide which laws infringe our rights and therefore which laws we need to obey.

  • Sam Stone

    #2 Leslie Brillstein, Mothers are far more dangerous to THEIR OWN children. According to the FBI UCR in 2011, 442 children were murdered by one of their own parents. Mostly the mother.

  • Joanne

    In fact, people are slaughtering, literally, the unborn everyday. Is it any more wicked to slaughter those who are born if you believe it is murder to kill a child in the womb and outside the womb. Is that Adam character any more a murderer than some women who have upwards of ten abortions or more or even one abortion. We live in nations that slaughter the weakest, the children, every day, 365 a year, for years. There is NO outcry from democrats/socialists to close the slaughter houses or stop abortions. Believe me, those leftards do not care for the lives of children – it is all about disarming a nation, so they can take over.

  • Linda

    #20 January 3, 2013 at 11:53 am
    Joanne commented:

    “… Plus I read there was once again more than one shooter or accomplices involved in this shooting.”

    Interesting because they reported the same when the Fort Hood Shooting took place!

  • Multitude

    Hey Illinois, Mexico called. They’d like you to first ban the assault rifles Obama, Holder and team have been illegally dumping into their country. Something about hundreds of brown people being killed.

    Then again, when it’s not a white child being killed, Democrats really don’t seem to care about it.

  • bear

    #2, les,

    You are apparently blind to the million+ incidents/year where private citizens (good guys with guns) save themselves, their families, and other INNOCENT people from violent criminals.

    You are also blind to the tens of millions of “mothers” who have murdered their own children by abortion.

    You can kiss my butt.

  • ponderon
  • Adi

    Gun control is such a success in Chicago, innit?

  • jony101

    if you register your gun, it will end up in the newspaper. A criminal looking to upgrade from a 22 revolver to something with a little more punch will know where to get the extra firepower. I suspect many people learned a lesson from the journal news about there right to privacy which in new york and other states is none existent.

  • Jim

    This whole issue is going to be the match that lights the powder keg! Revolution is a comin’!

  • screw obama

    impeach the stupid idiot obama!!! take the weapons away from the innocent let the gang bangers be the only ones using them. hell yeah! this country is going down hill really quick. and for you leslie you tree hugging fool. most of the deaths you put could have been by a single shot gun.

  • screw obama

    i agree jim

  • mark1973

    #14, #14 Agree 100%! #30,Your Correct and remember don’t ever give up any of your Firearms no matter what the Illinois or Federal government say’s. Boehner is about to stick the Final repub Betrayal into us as reports have it the House will cave on Firearms legislation…Which we will promptly ignore!

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

    Meanwhile, the murders and gunfire in Chicago continue on…

  • bman

    not going to go over well in rural Illinoise

  • http://HTML Annie J

    Leslie you are the typical leftist liberal thinker who only sees what they want to see, regardless of the facts. Specific examples are hard to find in the mainstream media because biased reporters and editors don’t want to spread the idea that armed self-defense in one’s home is legal and effective. But it is quite easy to find this info on the internet if you were interested enough to be properly informed. Here’s some gun FACTS and just a few cases out of thousands where guns SAVED live.

    Boy Uses AR15 To Stop A Home Invasion. Bottom line, banning the AR15 and its variants is banning perhaps the single most effective weapon for home defense. That is particularly true for women and teens. Keep that in mind as the left tries to disarm America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

    Defensive Gun Use Statistics. According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year — one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds. Among 15.7% of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense Survey, the defender believed that someone “almost certainly” would have died had the gun not been used for protection — a life saved by a privately held gun about once every 1.3 minutes.

    Guns save more lives than they take; prevent more injuries than they inflict. Guns [are] used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.


    The December 16 Movie Theater Shooting You Didn’t Hear About. The story was covered locally, but seeing as it happened just one day after the Sandyhook massacre in Connecticut, you would think it would have gotten more airplay in the MSM. Don’t stories like this one play right into their anti-gun hands? No — not this one.

    Here’s Why Someone Would Need To Own An ‘Assault’ Rifle. The left keeps asking why anyone needs an “assault” rifle. Here’s one reason — in 2010, a Texas teen used a rifle similar to the one used in Newtown to defend his younger sister and himself from home invaders.

    Three in the Head. I carried a gun in New York City for more than a decade — back when there were thousands of murders a year and the Bronx led the nation in killings. On at least four occasions, that gun saved my life, and in a couple of instances, the lives of people who were with me at the time.

    Intruder fatally shot after breaking into Glen Burnie business, police say. Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report that an employee in a coin shop in Glen Burnie shot and killed an intruder Tuesday morning [12/25/2012].

    Police: Man defends himself, kills robbery suspect. Police in Atlanta say a man was defending himself when he shot and killed a suspected robber on Christmas Eve.

    When assault weapons saved Koreatown. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of beating the now-deceased Rodney King. During the five days, mobs around Los Angeles looted stores, burnt 3,767 buildings, caused more than $1 billion in property damage, and led to the deaths of more than 50 people and left another 4,000 injured. A story that has been forgotten since then is that of the brave storeowners in Koreatown who fended off mobs with handguns, rifles and assault weapons.

    Ohio crime victims fire back in 2 shooting incidents. In separate incidents less than 12 hours apart, crime victims fought back by shooting robbers Sunday [12/9/2012] and early Monday, killing one suspect and injuring three. In both cases, the crime victims were not hurt.

    Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed in Triple Shooting. Two robbery victims turn the tables on the man who tried to rob them. The victims, a man and woman were shot, but in the end its the robber who didn’t make it out alive.

    Attempted Battle Creek robber shot in head. A clerk at a Battle Creek convenience store wasn’t about to be robbed. The 28-year-old man running the register at Liberty Mart Convenience store shot the attempted thief in the head when the suspect pulled a knife and demanded money.

    Cafe manager fends off robbers. The manager at an Internet sweepstakes busines fired twice at robbers early this morning and chased them from the business, police reported.

    Neighbor handcuffs, detains would-be-burglars at gunpoint. Many neighbors said this has brought them even closer. “You have all this stuff that happens in the neighborhoods in Houston, where people are getting shot and killed and raped and murdered. We’re not having it,” said neighbor Suzanne Lumus.

    Big Lake men subdue serial burglar. A bail-jumping burglar may be feeling lucky at the possibility of spending the next several decades in jail after an armed confrontation that nearly left him shot. Joshua Beaty, 25, was in the process of robbing the Big Lake area home of James Conner Oct. 26 when Conner and a couple of his friends caught Beaty in the act.

    Fruit vendor grateful after customer shoots gunman. A South Florida fruit vendor is speaking out with words of gratitude for a customer who stepped in after someone tried to mug him. Blood stains and crime scene tape remain on the sidewalk marking the spot of the near-fatal confrontation that occurred Tuesday afternoon [11/27/2012].

    Retired Marine Shoots Home Intruder During Break-In. If you’re a thief, there are a couple of warning signs that you should watch out for. A dog bowl and a leash in the front yard would tip you off that you’re probably going to get bitten. A sign that reads, “Trespassers will be shot!” is pretty self-explanatory. The home of 77-year-old Lloyd McCarty is similarly filled with warning signs.

    Home Invader Shot in Boardman, Ohio. Officers said one of the suspects, Keemoni Harris, 22, of Campbell, and the homeowner, James Truman Sr., exchanged gunfire, firing about five shots. Truman wasn’t hit, but officials said Harris went to the hospital with three non-life threatening gun shot wounds.

    Man Shoots Intruder in Santa Maria. An unidentified intruder was shot Sunday evening [12/9/2012] in Santa Maria when he knocked on a homeowner’s door and brandished a gun.

    Santa Maria man recovering in hospital after shooting. Police say when the homeowner answered the door, the man outside threatened the him with a gun. Police say the homeowner also had a gun and shot the man at the door several times.

    Owasso homeowner shoots, kills intruder. An investigation is underway after an Owasso homeowner shoots and kills a man that Owasso Police say was breaking into his home.
    [Atrocious grammar in original.]

    Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens. There are several documented cases where armed citizens have stopped mass attacks by gunmen. Let me list a few: The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting was stopped by the vice principal Joel Myrick with a Colt .45, The Appalachian School shooting was stopped by two students with handguns. Both of the above incidents were stopped by the armed citizens threatening the shooter without firing.

    This is just a small sampling. There are thousands more cases where guns saved lifes. Leslie I don’t really care if you choose to be a helpless victim but I want the right to protect my loved ones and myself. So go peddle your uninformed bias on one of your Liberal sites where the users are too singleminded to think past their agenda.

  • TeachX3

    Mr. Hoft, when you use THEIR LANGUAGE, you should put “quotes” around it. JMO of course…

  • TeachX3

    RE me #37 … I mean worthless words such as “assault weapon”

  • Kissmygrits

    Let’s start an exciting new cottage industry called running guns fast and furiously to IL. I’m sure the DOJ will be ok with it.

  • valerie

    Unlike Leslie, I can post links to the stories and the underlying data.

    ….And about twice as many people are killed with hands and fists than with rifles.

    That right to bear arms, it’s a political right. Even the Russians understand that, now.