New Gun Law In Effect – But No One Is Complying

Last year, Illinois approved a strict gun control bill that, after facing many challenges in court, is now law.

According to reports, lawful possessors must notify the state police of certain types of firearms if they do not register them. The weapons must be registered by January 1, 2024. But nobody’s in a hurry to comply.

Director Brendan Kelly of the Illinois State Police said that they would simply observe the progress and give statistics as they do so regularly.

About 6,600 guns owned by 3,439 people had not been registered before November 21, the day they became illegal to own or trade in Illinois. At this point, the listed guns made up less than 0.01% of the 2.4 million total firearms in the state.

Reports indicate that those who possess these firearms before January 10th but fail to register them using the Illinois State Police by January 1st may face misdemeanor charges for the initial infraction and felonies for any subsequent violations.

But early this year, many police officers said they would not be prosecuting lawbreakers. Nearly 90% of the 102 county sheriffs in Illinois sent letters to the state legislature after Pritzker signed the gun prohibition into law. It expressed their belief that the bill clearly violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and pledging not to implement it.
Reports show that the number of Illinois residents who are in possession of the outlawed semi-automatic weapons is unknown.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group that is mounting one of the legal challenges to the ban, there have been over 24 million contemporary sporting rifles in distribution in the U.S. since 1990, including many AK-47 and AR-15 types of guns that are subject to the ban in Illinois.