With just one procedural vote remaining, state lawmakers say they have reached a deal on "one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the country."

The Illinois State Senate on Monday passed House Bill 5471 in a 30-20 vote along party lines. The measure, 110 pages shoehorned into a proposal originally to adjust regulations on insurance adjusters in the state, was amended to become a sweeping anti-gun bill. Now sent to the House for a likely concurrence vote – that body had last week passed a similar ban on popular semi-automatic firearms inside a measure originally regulating amusement park ride safety – the Land of Lincoln is expected to become one of just nine states in the country with a prohibition on some of the most commonly owned guns

"After continued negotiations between the leaders, stakeholders and advocates, we have reached a deal on one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the country," said a statement released jointly on Monday by Gov. JB Pritzker, House Speaker Chris Welch, and Senate President Don Harmon, all Democrats. "Gun violence is an epidemic that is plaguing every corner of this state and the people of Illinois are demanding substantive action. With this legislation, we are delivering on the promises Democrats have made and, together, we are making Illinois’ gun laws a model for the nation." 

As acknowledged by Welch on his social media account, key components of HB5471 include (in his words):

  • Immediately ends the sale, delivery, and purchase of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The legislation includes a comprehensive, detailed, and updated list of assault weapons subject to the ban. High-capacity magazines are also prohibited.
  • Strengthens assault weapons ban by allowing Illinois State Police to update as needed.
  • Those already owning guns on the assault weapons list would have to provide information to the Illinois State Police.
  • Immediately bans the possession and use of rapid-fire devices that increase the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons.
  • Expedites the implementation of universal background checks.

With a vote expected in the Illinois House on Tuesday, Gov. Pritzker could sign the measure before the end of the week. 

"If this bill is signed by the Governor, the ISRA will file a lawsuit and continue to fight for our 2A rights," said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, in an alert on Monday.

Banner image: Springfield Armory Hellion bullpup, a type that will likely be banned for sale under the new bill. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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