Illinois ban on .50 caliber ammunition on fast track!

The Illinois Legislature had a bill filed today by a powerful Senator which will impose an “assault weapon ban” as well as a ban on .50 caliber ammunition.

This is separate from U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein’s assault weapons ban which will probably be revealed later this week, but its details are unknown right now.

While the immediate impact would be on IAA members and other collectors and shooters, or even casual folks with a loose round of .50 caliber ammunition as souvenir, this is the sort of cancerous ban that once passed, will surely evolve into bans on many other calibers. Each and every cartridge ever made will be attacked as “too big” or “too small” and none will be “just right.” Variations will likely spread to “evil dum dum bullets violating the Geneva Convention”, or “lead pollution” non-jacketed bullets, and some other made up objection about other types.

Anyone from Illinois needs to check with the ISRA (Illinois State Rifle Association) and take their advice on how to best fight this bad proposal.


JohnS–How would this bill affect SLICS?

Is .50 so often used in criminal activities in the US? If not this might be a point where to start countermining this.

I wouldn’t worry about it. For years I have been driving to & from St Louis going straight through Illinois, and the fact that they have a possession ban on pistol-caliber AP ammo has never bothered me. The spirit of those laws is to allow for enhanced prosecution of criminals who are apprehended and found to be in possession of such ammo, and also to prevent the sale within the state. It will be the same with the .50BMG law, which will do nothing other than give Barret’s .416 caliber a boost in sales, and also create more interest in .338 Lapua. I can’t imagine how or why they would ever be able to do anything about anyone driving through, or flying through Illinois when Illinois is not their destination and they are not a resident of Illinois.

To refer to all this as an “Illinois” issue, is as usual, a bit of a misnomer. Everything in that state is a “Chicago” issue, as Chicago rather unfairly votes for the entire state.

This is from Illinois’ Hunting regulation page. They have had for a long time restrictions on cartridges. Rifles are not allowed for hunting;

  Legal Firearms

Shotguns, loaded with slugs only, of not larger than 10 gauge nor smaller than 20 gauge, not capable of firing more than 3 consecutive slugs; or
Single or double barreled muzzleloading rifles of at least .45 caliber shooting a single projectile through a barrel of at least sixteen inches in length; or
Centerfire revolvers or centerfire single-shot handguns of .30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches.

    Legal Ammunition

For shotguns and muzzleloading firearms, the minimum size of the projectile shall be .44 caliber.  A wad or sleeve is not considered a projectile or a part of the projectile.
For handguns, a bottleneck centerfire cartridge of .30 caliber or larger with a case length not exceeding 1.4 inches, or a straight-walled centerfire cartridge of .30 caliber or larger, both of which must be available as a factory load with the published ballistic tables of the manufacturer showing a capability of at least 500 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle.  Note: There is no case length limit for straight-walled cartridges.
Non-expanding military style full metal jacket bullets cannot be used to harvest white-tailed deer; only soft point or expanding bullets (including copper / copper-alloy rounds designed for hunting) are legal ammunition.