On Tuesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn sent S. 681--a heretofore utterly uncontroversial, modestly pro-gun bill that had passed with overwhelming bipartisan support--back to the General Assembly with an "amendatory veto." The amendatory veto process is a power granted to Illinois governors allowing them to make changes to bills that have passed. If a simple majority in each chamber accepts the governor's changes, the altered bill becomes law. If three fifths of each chamber (36 of the state's 59 senators, and 71 of the 118 representatives) vote to override the veto, the original bill becomes law. If neither happens, the bill is dead.
S. 681, as passed by the Illinois legislature, simply provided a much needed improvement to Illinois ammunition laws, by permitting ammunition vendors in Illinois to ship ammo to customers within the state. The customer would have to provide a copy of his Firearm Owners ID (FOID) card, just as with any other ammunition purchase in Illinois. Currently, Illinois residents can order ammunition by mail, but only from out of state. This minor change to the law would obviously do nothing to increase "gun violence," but would help keep Illinois money in Illinois, and help out some businesses in the state. Given the state's economy, that sounds pretty good.
Further on - the bill itself:
So how does Governor Quinn propose to "improve" the bill? By gutting it, and turning it into a ban of so-called "assault weapons," magazines with a capacity of 11 or more rounds, and .50 caliber rifles and ammunition:If you still live in Ill-Annoys,either fight, or move out, or learn to love your chains...
Proposes replacing the current provisions of the bill with amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, it is unlawful for any person within this State to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, purchase, or possess or cause to be manufactured, delivered, sold, purchased, or possessed a semi-automatic assault weapon, an assault weapon attachment, any .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge. Provides that beginning 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, it is unlawful for any person within this State to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, purchase, or possess or cause to be manufactured, delivered, sold, purchased, or possessed a large capacity ammunition feeding device.The new law would be confiscatory, in that even owners of banned items owned before the ban would have to surrender them if they could not prove having owned them previously. Quinn even has the gall to claim to be "a strong supporter of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution– the right to bear arms." His idea of a joke, perhaps.