I would think that we have to be careful when using the suffix -style. A good example would be what happened during the Khmer Rouge murder spree of the 1970s.
Estimates of 1.7-3 million Cambodian men, women and children were slaughtered by either outright execution or starved and/or beaten to death by the Communist troops of hard-core Marxist dictator Pol Pot.
Whole families were executed if a daughter wore her hair done in a Western-style. Complete families were butchered if a son wore a Western-style shirt. Entire families were slaughtered if either parent had a working knowledge of a Western-style language, such as English or French.
I honestly hope I’ve made my point clear.
With all that said, so far, nearly 80 of the 102 counties that constitute the state of Illinois have made it known that they have no intention of enforcing House Bill 5471, commonly known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act.
Passed by the Democrat-dominated state legislature, then signed by the Democrat governor, opponents of HB 5471 have vowed to take the state of Illinois to court over the blatantly unconstitutional law.
As reported by The Telegraph of Alton, Illinois, (south-west part of the state) HB 5471 will effectively outlaw thousands of legally owned and operated assault-style rifles owned prior to Jan. 1, 2024 Those not playing nice will be tried and convicted of a “Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in prison.”
But first, more that a few county officials aren’t going to take any of this totalitarian garbage laying down.
Penned by Scott Cousins of The Telegraph;
Jersey County has joined a list of about 80 Illinois counties where sheriff’s and other law enforcement officials have said they will not enforce provisions of the state’s new weapons ban.
On Thursday afternoon newly-elected Jersey County Sheriff Nicholas Manns posted a letter on the department’s Facebook page detailing why he and Jersey County State’s Attorney Ben Goetten will not be participating in the enforcement of HB 5471.
The law bans the sale and possession of “assault weapons” and accessories such as large-capacity magazines, as well as .50 caliber rifles and ammunition. The banned weapons include some specifically names, and others by technical definitions.
According to the law, a gun owner’s failure to provide the state police with the serial numbers for all assault-style rifles they own prior to Jan. 1, 2024, will be a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in prison. The degree of charges could increase based on the number of unregistered guns.
But now comes the obvious question of how Illinois DEFINES what exactly makes a simple boom stick into a full-fledged assault-style weapon.
As noted by Alpha Koncepts firearms training center of Park Ridge, Il, cites specifically from the new law what’s now illegal;
(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to
accept a detachable magazine or that may be readily
modified to accept a detachable magazine…
(C) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine or that may be readily modified to accept a detachable magazine…
Soooo… any and all rifles and pistols that accept a detachable mag? Does that mean what I think it means?
Yes… yes it does.
Unless your weapon is a bolt-action, a flintlock or an arquebus, according to the state of Illinois, you’ve just committed quite the serious crime.
And yes, you’re now facing a full year in state prison.
Or as they say in the South-Side (The baddest part of town), “Yo azz gwan tuh jail.”
Alpha Koncepts also notes some of the specifics regarding “cosmetic” add-ons that will land you in the hoosgow;
Rifles, at least one of the following:
- Pistol grip
- Thumbhole stock, anything that can be considered a forward grip or forward hand stop
- Folding stock
- Telescopic stocks
- Detachable stocks
- Adjustable stocks
- Any stock that reduces the length of the rifle
- Flash suppressor
- Grenade launcher
- Barrel shroud
- Any semi-automatic rifle that has an internal fixed magazine larger than 10 rounds (except for tubular 22 LR rifles)
Pistols, at least one of the following:
- Threaded barrel
- Secondary pistol grip
- Barrel shroud (not including slides)
- Flash suppressor
- Secondary magazine
- Buffer tube or arm brace
- Any semi-automatic pistol that has a fixed internal magazine greater than 15 rounds
Shotguns, at least one of the following;
- Pistol grip or thumbhole stock
- Any forward grip
- Folding stock
- Grenade launcher
- Fixed magazine that exceeds 5 rounds
- Any detachable magazine
If there is STILL any question in your mind that you may be risking becoming the Queen of Cell Block D, here a by-name list of verboten boom sticks taken directly from HB 5471 (pages 89-95);
(i) All AK types, including the following:
(I) AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74, AKM, AKS, ARM,
MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms
AK–47, VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM.
(II) IZHMASH Saiga AK.
(III) MAADI AK47 and ARM.
(IV) Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S.
(V) Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS.
(VI) SKS with a detachable magazine.
(ii) all AR types, including the following:
(III) Alexander Arms Overmatch Plus 16.
(IV) Armalite M15 22LR Carbine.
(V) Armalite M15–T.
(VI) Barrett REC7.
(VII) Beretta AR–70.
(VIII) Black Rain Ordnance Recon Scout.
(IX) Bushmaster ACR.
(X) Bushmaster Carbon 15.
(XI) Bushmaster MOE series.
(XII) Bushmaster XM15.
(XIII) Chiappa Firearms MFour rifles.
(XIV) Colt Match Target rifles.
(XV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 rifles.
(XVI) Daniel Defense M4A1 rifles.
(XVII) Devil Dog Arms 15 Series rifles.
(XVIII) Diamondback DB15 rifles.
(XIX) DoubleStar AR rifles.
(XX) DPMS Tactical rifles.
(XXI) DSA Inc. ZM–4 Carbine.
(XXII) Heckler & Koch MR556.
(XXIII) High Standard HSA–15 rifles.
(XXIV) Jesse James Nomad AR–15 rifle.
(XXV) Knight’s Armament SR–15.
(XXVI) Lancer L15 rifles.
(XXVII) MGI Hydra Series rifles.
(XXVIII) Mossberg MMR Tactical rifles.
(XXIX) Noreen Firearms BN 36 rifle.
(XXX) Olympic Arms.
(XXXI) POF USA P415.
(XXXII) Precision Firearms AR rifles.
(XXXIII) Remington R–15 rifles.
(XXXIV) Rhino Arms AR rifles.
(XXXV) Rock River Arms LAR–15 or Rock River Arms LAR–47.
(XXXVI) Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles and MCX rifles.
(XXXVII) Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifles.
(XXXVIII) Stag Arms AR rifles.
(XXXIX) Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 and AR–556 rifles.
(XL) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 rifles.
(XLI) Windham Weaponry AR rifles.
(XLII) WMD Guns Big Beast.
(XLIII) Yankee Hill Machine Company, Inc.
(iii) Barrett M107A1.
(iv) Barrett M82A1.
(v) Beretta CX4 Storm.
(vi) Calico Liberty Series.
(vii) CETME Sporter.
(viii) Daewoo K–1, K–2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C.
(ix) Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000.
(x) Feather Industries AT–9.
(xi) Galil Model AR and Model ARM.(xii) Hi-Point Carbine.
(xiii) HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, HK–PSG–1, and HK USC.
(xiv) IWI TAVOR, Galil ACE rifle.
(xv) Kel-Tec Sub-2000, SU–16, and RFB.
(xvi) SIG AMT, SIG PE–57, Sig Sauer SG 550, Sig Sauer SG 551, and SIG MCX.
(xvii) Springfield Armory SAR–48.
(xviii) Steyr AUG.
(xix) Sturm, Ruger & Co. Mini-14 Tactical Rifle M–14/20CF.
(xx) All Thompson rifles, including the following:
(I) Thompson M1SB.
(II) Thompson T1100D.
(III) Thompson T150D.
(IV) Thompson T1B.
(V) Thompson T1B100D.
(VI) Thompson T1B50D.
(VII) Thompson T1BSB.
(VIII) Thompson T1–C.
(IX) Thompson T1D.
(X) Thompson T1SB.
(XI) Thompson T5.
(XII) Thompson T5100D.
(III) Thompson TM1.
(XIV) Thompson TM1C.
(xxi) UMAREX UZI rifle.
(xxii) UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine.
(xxiii) Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78.
(xxiv) Vector Arms UZI Type.
(xxv) Weaver Arms Nighthawk.
(xxvi) Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.
(K) All of the following pistols, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:
(i) All AK types, including the following:
(I) Centurion 39 AK pistol.
(II) CZ Scorpion pistol.
(III) Draco AK–47 pistol.
(IV) HCR AK–47 pistol.
(V) IO Inc. Hellpup AK–47 pistol.
(VI) Krinkov pistol.
(VII) Mini Draco AK–47 pistol.
(VIII) PAP M92 pistol.
(IX) Yugo Krebs Krink pistol.
(i) All AR types, including the following:
(I) American Spirit AR–15 pistol.
(II) Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol.
(III) Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol GEN II.
(IV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 Roscoe pistol.
(V) Daniel Defense MK18 pistol.
(VI) DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol.
(VII) DPMS AR–15 pistol.
(VIII) Jesse James Nomad AR–15 pistol.
(IX) Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol.
(X) Osprey Armament MK–18 pistol.
(XI) POF USA AR pistols.
(XII) Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol.
(XIII) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 pistol.
(iii) Calico pistols.
(iv) DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol.
(v) Encom MP–9 and MP–45.
(vi) Heckler & Koch model SP–89 pistol.
(vii) Intratec AB–10, TEC–22 Scorpion, TEC–9, and TEC–DC9.
(viii) IWI Galil Ace pistol, UZI PRO pistol.
(ix) Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol.
(x) All MAC types, including the following:
(III) Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and MPA Tactical Pistol.
(IV) Military Armament Corp. Ingram M–11.
(V) Velocity Arms VMAC.
(xi) Sig Sauer P556 pistol.
(xii) Sites Spectre.
(xiii) All Thompson types, including the following:
(I) Thompson TA510D.
(II) Thompson TA5.
(xiv) All UZI types, including Micro-UZI.
(L) All of the following pistols, copies, duplicates,
All of the following shotguns, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:
(i) DERYA Anakon MC–1980, Anakon SD12.
(ii) Doruk Lethal shotguns.
(iii) Franchi LAW–12 and SPAS 12.
(iv) All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the following:
(I) IZHMASH Saiga 12.
(II) IZHMASH Saiga 12S.
(III) IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP–01.
(IV) IZHMASH Saiga 12K.
(V) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–030.
(VI) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–040 Taktika.
(vi) Striker 12.
Speaking strictly for myself, I’m just glad I live in a state where I have the God given right to order an attachable battle axe, chainsaw or even a flamethrower through the mail.
Even though there aren’t any attachments to affix any given commercial flamethrower to any given long gun, I can work wonders with a few zip ties and a roll of duct tape.