Illinois Plan Would Raise Assault-Gun Age To 21

Feb 28, 2018

Possession of assault-style weapons by anyone under 21 would be illegal under legislation that the Illinois House endorsed.

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The plan sponsored by Democratic Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg would prohibit minors from buying or possessing high-capacity weapons, attachments, .50-caliber rifles and cartridges. They would have 90 days to transfer ownership.

The legislation was OK'd 64-51.

Critics decried the idea that the government would confiscate property. Mussman said authorities will not visit homes to pick up weapons. But a first offense for getting caught with prohibited firearms would be a misdemeanor offense.

The bill is HB1465.