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Shotgun Ban bill in IL??

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Illinois Shotgun-Ban Bill Passes Senate Committee

Senate Bill 1195 (SB 1195), sponsored by Illinois Democratic Sen. Antonio Munoz, bans any shotgun that has a bore of .50 caliber or more. It outlaws 10, 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge shotguns and even muzzleloaders. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-4 and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) says even if the clause imposing bore restrictions is fixed, SB 1195 bans any shotgun that has threads inside the end of the barrel. The USSA says that means any shotgun with choke tubes would be illegal. The bill also bans shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than four shells. Illinois citizens would have 90 days to turn in their guns to authorities or face prosecution.

The USSA is encouraging sportsmen to contact their senators and ask them to oppose SB 1195. To find the name of your legislator, call (217) 782-8223 or click on the "Legislative Action Center" link near the bottom, right-hand corner of the USSA Web site,

A notorious Illinois anti-gun senator is involved in a bold and dangerous gambit to pass a bill that will, among other things, ban shotguns.

Senator Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago) introduced Senate Bill 1195, which would ban shotguns larger than .410, those with threads in the barrel and those with a magazine capacity of more than four shells. Senator Munoz is responding to sportsmen's opposition, drummed up by the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and other conservation groups, by playing hide-and-seek with the bill.

In an attempt to mute sportsmen's opposition, Senator Munoz is reportedly trying a parliamentary trick. He is attempting to have the bill gutted to ease opposition. Once opposition subsides and sportsmen are looking the other way, he can develop new language and gather support.

Sportsmen must remain vigilant because the situation can quickly change. If Munoz is serious enough about the bill to use a hide-and-seek tactic, he will surely continue to fight for its passage.

Munoz's trick to mute opposition is disrespectful to the citizens of Illinois. He is in effect saying that if the public opposes what an elected official is proposing, he can use this maneuver to lull people into complacency and then ram whatever he wants through the legislature at the last minute. ... FM?ID=1032
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