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Illinois House votes to raise semi-automatic firearm purchases to 21




SPRINGFIELD – In a vote along party lines – with a few exceptions – the Illinois House Democrat majority voted to raise the age for purchase of certain firearms to age 21. Except for one, House Republicans opposed the measure. 

"Assault" weapon is a term used in the United States to define some types of firearms. The definition varies among regulating jurisdictions, but usually includes semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, and sometimes other features such as a flash suppressor or barrel shroud. 

The NRA opposes raises the age to 21. 

“Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals,” an NRA spokesman told The Hill

Any law that requires an individual to be 21 or older to buy a firearm “effectively prohibits” adults aged 18-20 from buying a firearm  "deprives them of their constitutional right to self-protection.”

The shooter in the Parkland Florida school massacre was age 19 and obtained an AR-15 – considered a semi-automatic – legally. AR-15s cost an average of $1500. 

The bill that will now head to the Illinois Senate, HB 1465,

  • Makes it unlawful for any person within the State to knowingly deliver or sell, or cause to be delivered or sold, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge to, any person under 21 years of age.
  • Makes it unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to knowingly possess an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 90 days after the effective date of the bill. Provides exemptions and penalties.
  • Provides that it is unlawful for any person within the State to knowingly deliver or sell, or cause to be delivered or sold, a large capacity ammunition feeding device to a person under 21 years of age.
  • Provides that it is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device within the State.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives voted no on the measure, and expressed her concern about the issue earlier this week when Illinois Review asked her about raising the age buying a gun to age 21. 

"What other rights are we going to raise to age 21?" Ives answered. "The age is arbitrary. The average age of a mass shooter is somewhere in the 30s."

The roll call on HB 1465: 

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  1. This proposed bill violates the U.S. Constitution and is an illegitimate bill. The organized crime in the state legislature doesn’t care about the supreme law of the America. They operate like third world banana republic dictators, only their opinion, their worldview matters not the law. Article one, section eight, clauses fifteen and sixteen of the U.S. Constitution which pertain to the state militias prevents states from banning guns to 18 years olds…. An 18 year can be drafted into the Army to die for his country but the Police State of Illinois denies constitutionally protected freedoms to 18 year olds. The Constitution grants Congress the power over state militias. Per clause sixteen, the states are reserved only the authority to appoint officers and train their respective state militia in a discipline prescribed by congress. . It is article one, section eight, clauses fifteen and sixteen of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the states from banning arms and disarming the militias (citizens). The tenth amendment states the powers not delegated to the federal gov’t by the U.S. Constitution or prohibited by the U.S. constitution to the states are reserved to the states respectively. It’s obvious the states are prohibited by the U.S, constitution from the authority to disarm the militias and or infringe the right to keep and bear arms since the constitution explicitly grants congress authority over state militias with the only exceptions being the appointment of officers and training.
    The “Militia” is the able-bodied armed male citizens. In 1792, Congress passed the Militia Act of 1792 which required all able-bodied male citizens between the ages of 18-45 to buy a rifle, ammo, etc. and report to their local Militia Unit for training. So any state laws which disarmed such male citizens would be unconstitutional as in violation of Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 16
    No State may lawfully make any law which contradicts its State Constitution or which interferes with Congress’ power to “organize, arm, and discipline, the Militia.”
    NOWHERE in the Constitution did we delegate to the government any right to impose ANY restrictions on guns, ammo, etc. They violate Our Constitution when they impose these restrictions. Welcome to gun grabbing Nazi Germany everyone….. and you thought this was the land of the free… that is just a myth, we are under the rule of a commiecrat dictatorship.

  2. I agree with Jeanne, what other rights will be restricted? If we want to argue about the age of adulthood, let’s have the full debate. If we need to raise the age to purchase a gun to 21, and of course buy a beer, then we should have the logical discussion of whether anyone under 21 can serve in the military, sign contracts, vote, have an abortion without parental consent, and marry. What’s more, significantly more people die in auto accidents, so naturally the age to owning a car would be 21. I would argue then, that those under 21 be considered minors on college campuses and parents will have full authority over their education as they do to high school students. If we need to adjust the age of maturity, then we must do so universally, not just for some political expedient rights.

  3. Interesting that the 26th Amendment allows 18 year olds to vote. If they are wise enough to vote they should be allowed to purchase guns.
    If they have to be 21 to buy guns then we should effect that after another Constitutional amendment to raise the voting age to 21.
    This is very obvious logic. Will any of our politicians have the guts to state it?