Dale Righter

Illinois State Senator | 55th District


Gun control measures floated in Springfield

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Dear Friends,

Welcome to a New Year’s edition of the Two-Minute Drill. I offer my best wishes for a blessed 2013 to you and your loved ones.

You may be aware that lawmakers have returned to Springfield to address a number of legislative issues during the waning days of the 97th General Assembly. As always things are moving very quickly in the Capitol, but you may be particularly interested to learn more about recent gun control efforts being pushed by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). At this time two possible gun control measures are being floated, though the language and intent of the legislation could change at any time.

It is my understanding that one of the measures would ban so-called high capacity magazines, or those containing more than 10 rounds. Owners of these magazines would be required to register with the Illinois State Police or be subject to serious penalties.

An additional measure would ban almost every semi-automatic weapon, including rifles, handguns and some shotguns, unless the owner registers the firearm and any attachments with the Illinois State Police.

That is where the issue stands at this time—though changes can advance rapidly in the Illinois General Assembly. Please know that I will not support any legislation that violates our collective Second Amendment rights, or that would require Illinois citizens to register their firearms with the Illinois State Police.


Sen. Dale Righter

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