Illinois: Statewide Handgun Registry
and Ammunition Tax Bills Filed
(GunReports.com) -- Two bills assaulting Second Amendment rights have been filed in Illiniois. House Bill 5167 seeks to impose a punitive tax on firearm ammunition purchases. House Bill 5631 would force law-abiding handgun owners to comply with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuels proposed statewide handgun registry scheme.
HB 5167 would impose a 2% surcharge on firearm ammunition purchases in Illinois. This bill would create the High Crime Trauma Center Grant Fund and requires the 2% surcharge to be deposited into this Fund.
HB 5631 would amend the Firearm Owners Identification Act to include registration of all handguns, with a tax of $65 to be paid on each handgun for initial registration and a $25 tax for renewal every five years. This bill would prohibit any person in Illinois from carrying or possessing a handgun without a certificate of handgun registration, and make the transport or possession of a handgun without this registration a Class 2 felony.
Additionally, HB 5631 penalizes law-abiding firearms owners further by making it a Class A misdemeanor for the failure to report to local law enforcement that a registered handgun is lost, stolen, missing, or destroyed.