Illinois Republicans trash firearm registry that makes ‘criminals out of law-abiding citizens’

State Republicans are pushing back against a provision of the Illinois gun ban that enforces a firearm registry, with several arguing that the rules are punishing lawful gun owners.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved guidelines on enforcing the registry for the state police on Tuesday. Republicans on the committee raised concerns about everything from the privacy of gun owners to what information will be available to police when they stop someone whose information is in the firearm registry, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The ban, which passed in January 2023, took effect on Jan. 1, 2024, after several legal challenges and attempts at the state and federal level. The law, called the Protect Illinois Communities Act, makes it illegal to sell or
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