Bill aims to regulate homemade guns, blueprints

Bill aims to regulate homemade guns, blueprints

Gun Rights

Lobbyist for gun sellers says legislation violates Second, First Amendments SPRINGFIELD – A bill introduced last week in the Illinois House would add several layers of state regulation to the production and distribution of 3D-printed and home-assembled guns and parts. Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, filed House Bill 2253, which would penalize as a Class 2 felony: the possession of an un-serialized firearm that has been 3D-printed or self-assembled; distribution of downloadable firearm printing instructions unless the distributor performs background checks and procedures consistent with a legal gun transaction; and unlawful manufacture of an un-serialized firearm. Class 2 felonies are punishable by three to seven years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. “I’m not calling for a ban on them, I’m just saying that you need to have the same background checks as you would if you were going to purchase a regular gun at a gun dealer or a gun shop, and that means you have to have a valid FOID card,” Willis said. The bill also requires a FOID card for anyone possessing “unfinished frames or receivers” defined in the bill as “a frame or lower receiver blank, casting, or machined body that requires further machining or molding to be used as part of a functional firearm.” The unfinished receiver provision contains exceptions for “an unfinished part within a manufacturing process that includes serialization where the name of the manufacturer and an individual serial number.” Willis said she understands gun assembly is a hobby for some, […]

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