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Illinois' Legislators considering ban on all assault type weapons

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By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois legislature is looking at a proposal to ban assault weapons, and many semi-automatic weapons.

House Bill 1263 would make it illegal for gun shops and anyone else in the state to sell assault type weapons.

And that has the owner of Hicks Trading Station in Pinckneyville keeping his sights on what happens in the Illinois General Assembly.

"That would mean a whole lot, I sell semi-automatic weapons," said Kevin Hicks. "Those sales make up about 30 to 40 percent of my business."

The aim of the proposal is to make the streets safer in Illinois. But Hicks is worried that if the proposal becomes law his business may end up as an unintended target.

"When you're talking 35-45 percent of my sales being in semi-automatic pistols, rifles and shotguns that's a big part. And they're trying to lump them all together," said Hicks. "I probably would be out of business. It would run me out, if they make them totally illegal."

If House Bill 1263 is passed it would ban specific semiautomatic guns such as the Colt AR-15, the Intratec Tec-9, the Beretta AR-70, Kalashnikovs, and makes such as Norinco and Uzi. It also would ban any semiautomatic shotgun that has a revolving cylinder, a folding or telescoping stock, a pistol grip or thumbhole stock, or a shroud that encircles the barrel to prevent burning the shooter's non-trigger hand.

It also would ban any semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has one of five other characteristics, such as a weight exceeding 50 ounces when unloaded.

In addition, it would ban semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 bullets. Also on the list: semiautomatic rifles that accept detachable magazines and have one of three other characteristics, such as a pistol grip or thumbhole stock.

"When they try to write a law to ban a certain type of weapon it always lumps in to where you're banning 30-40 percent of all the weapons in that style." Hicks said.

The measure did pass in an Illinois Senate committee, that approved restrictions Wednesday on semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.



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