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Illinois bans sale and manufacturing of assault rifles

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Tuesday signed a bill into law that institutes a statewide ban on the sale and manufacturing of assault rifles. Pritzker signed the bill after it passed the Illinois Senate Monday in a vote of 34-20.

The bill, known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act, also prohibits the sale and manufacturing of assault weapon attachments, .50 caliber cartridges, any .50 caliber rifle and certain pistols. The bill defines assault rifles as any rifle that carries more than 15 rounds of ammunition. Pistols that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition are also banned. Under the bill, anyone in possession of newly outlawed weapons will have until October 1 to report their ownership to the state government.

Pritzker previously stated that this is a bill he will be “proud” to sign in order to stop the sale of automatic weapons as soon as possible. Pritzker stated, “No Illinoisan, no matter their zip code, should have to go through life fearing their loved one could be the next in an ever-growing list of victims of mass shootings.” Pritzker said the bill is a part of his joint effort with leaders in the Illinois General Assembly to get “the most dangerous weapons” off of Illinois’s streets.

Pritzker, House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Senate President Don Harmon issued a joint statement supporting the bill’s passage. The statement read in part:

Gun violence is an epidemic that is plaguing every corner of this state and the people of Illinois are demanding substantive action. With this legislation we are delivering on the promises Democrats have made and, together, we are making Illinois’ gun laws a model for the nation.

This bill comes six months after the Highland Park, Illinois shooting that occurred during a Fourth of July parade. Seven people were killed in the shooting and dozens more were injured.