The results are in and Rauner is out. JB Pritzker unseats Governor Rauner for the Illinois Governor position. Before and during the election Pritzker made it very well known that he is no friend to gun owners in Illinois. What can Governor Pritzker Mean for Illinois Gun Owners?
JB says at a press conference, and in campaign mailers, that he wants to “Get guns off the street. Ban assault weapons. Ban high capacity magazines, and pass the gun dealer licensing bill.” For that reason many gun owners refused to vote for Pritzker, though many still did. Since the election results have been tallied people have been asking me what’s next, what can we expect. I don’t have a crystal ball, but this is what I see coming…
Keep in mind that the governor cannot pass law unilaterally. However Pritzker has many anti freedom allies in the Illinois legislature, passing anti-gun legislation won’t be difficult. The anti-gun lobby, with the help of JB Pritzker, is going to attack low hanging fruit immediately. I foresee a gun dealer licensing passing within Pritzker’s first year in office. Also bump stocks are a foregone conclusion since a few so called gun rights advocacy groups are willing to compromise on that piece of legislation. Prepare for it, gun owners of Illinois, it’s coming.
So called, “assault weapon” bans are a hot topic and have many Illinois gun owners concerned. I don’t feel this is something that will pass, immediately. We will see very many anti-gun bills filed in the legislature, as we always see every legislative session. A so called Assault weapon ban will certainly be one or more of these pieces of proposed legislation, and the bills will sit on a shelf. They will sit until emotions are high, such as after a mass casualty event, and the anti-freedom legislators will strike!
But can an assault weapon ban pass in Illinois? Certainly. If the legislation is watered down enough (think California, not Chicago). Earlier this year sources informed me how suburban republicans were changing their stance on gun owner rights (See: Are Suburban Republicans Flexible with your Gun Rights?), and indeed these warnings came true on Black Wednesday (See: The Two Black Wednesdays – Voting Record). These legislators have proven to be flexible with your rights. I don’t have faith they will become staunch supporters of your gun rights.
You may lump so called “high capacity” magazines in with this assault weapon ban. Also under attack shall likely be universal back ground checks (even though we already have that in Illinois), body armor, possibly preemption. All these things have already been attacked and are likely to be attacked again. You may likely see changes to the concealed carry law as well.
But, who knows? Maybe if enough of us engage our legislators, like Everytown has been very actively doing, we can convince them to stand up for our freedoms. What’s true is, we have learned that voting alone is not enough. If WE don’t stand up for gun rights, nobody will.