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Key provision of Illinois assault weapons ban takes effect January 1 – NBC Chicago

A key provision of Illinois’ ban on assault weapons and other specific paraphernalia will take effect on New Year’s Day.

This provision requires individuals who “possessed assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and other devices” listed in HB 5471 to register those devices by January 1, 2024.

These devices must have been owned before January 10, 2023, when the bill took effect after being signed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Landlords are required to submit an affidavit of approval via their FOID card by January 1, according to the provisions of the bill.

Individuals can do so by creating an account, a process that will require an email address, state-issued ID and a FOID card, according to Illinois State Police.

HB 5471 bans the delivery, sale and purchase of assault weapons in the state, affecting dozens of specific types of firearms. It also bans specific accessories, extended magazines and rapid-fire devices.

Those who currently possess the weapons are required to register them with the Illinois State Police. Dealers were required to sell or return their current inventory of guns, and Illinois-based manufacturers can still sell their products outside the state.

A series of lawsuits have been filed over the bill, including a recent ruling refusing to continue the registration requirement until the new year.

Opponents of the bill were defeated in state and federal courts, and the law has been kept in effect since its passage.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the law when it came before it earlier this year.

NBC Chicago

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