Anderson Opposes Legislation Placing New Restrictions On Gun Ownership In Illinois

New restrictions on gun ownership clear the Illinois Senate, but local State Senator Neil Anderson of Andalusia voted against the three bills. One measure bans possession of semi-automatic firearms for those under the age of 21. It also requires those under 21 who currently own these type of firearms to dispose of them within 90 days of the bill becoming law.

The legislation does provide an affirmative defense for the under 21 gun owner under certain circumstances should they be arrested, but the law requires that person to petition the court to recognize their exemption.  Anderson says that’s unacceptable.

A second measure bans so-called bump stocks and trigger cranks.  Anderson is concerned that law may impact law abiding gun owners who simply need to make alterations to their firearms to suit their personal needs.

Another measure imposes a 72-hour waiting period for semi-automatic firearm purchases. The Senate approved the three bills mostly along party lines.