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New Laws in Illinois Banning Assault Weapons

 Posted on January 08, 2024 in Criminal Defense

DuPage County criminal defense lawyerGovernor JB Pritzker signed into law an assault weapons ban in January of 2023. The ban immediately prohibited anyone from selling over 170 variations of guns and attachments in the state of Illinois. All Illinois residents received a January 1, 2024 deadline to register their already-owned firearms from the list. Those who failed to do so can now face a Class 2 felony charge if found in possession of these weapons. Weapon possession charges are a serious offense in Illinois, and anyone facing them would do well to consult a criminal defense attorney immediately.

Protect Illinois Communities Act

The Illinois law signed by Gov. JB Pritzker is meant to safeguard Illinois communities by outright banning the sale of specified rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic pistols. The signing was in direct response to the tragedy that unfolded at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb where seven shooting deaths occurred.

In addition to the ban on gun sales, specific magazines and modifications were also on the ban list. However, the act does include exceptions for law enforcement, private security, prison guards, and active military personnel. Illinois citizens not exempt from the ban must register their owned firearms from the list with the state police before the January 1, 2024, deadline. Those who have chosen not to register may now face a Class 2 felony charge.

The Effect On Assault Weapon Owners

Illinoisans who owned weapons or accessories featured on the ban list before the law was enacted could register them with the Illinois state police. This would allow them to keep the firearms and accessories even in their now-banned status. An Illinois citizen would have to fill out an endorsement affidavit that disclosed the weapon's make, model, serial number, and caliber. Accessories would require a description and part number. All items would also require a date of purchase.

Out-of-state gun owners choosing to move to Illinois who happen to own any of the items featured on the ban list will need to register their firearms within 60 days of moving to the state. Even if they only own attachments, an endorsement affidavit will still be required by law. Penalties for violating the newly enacted law will vary but can reach as high as a Class 2 felony.

Contact a DuPage County, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

The Protect Illinois Communities Act has upped the ante on weapon possession charges. Anyone found possessing a banned weapon or accessory can now face stiff penalties, including fines and possible jail time. When facing charges of this caliber, an experienced Naperville, IL, weapons charges defense lawyer is a great thing to have in your corner. If you did not know about the ban or the deadline, you should reach out to the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe immediately by dialing 630-416-7600 for a free consultation. We can help preserve your rights by serving as your legal advisor and representation in your time of need.

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