These two crack me up every time they speak, I am reminded of the Mark Twain "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Although I give Rahm credit, he actually keps his mouth shut about specifics so I cant rip his theories apart here. Mr. Quinn on the other hand, he throws it out there so I can have a little fun.
"We have to have reasonable limitations so people who have clear situations where they should not be carrying a gun, for example, those with mental health challenges, those who have records of domestic violence, we cannot have those sorts of people eligible to carry weapons, loaded weapons, on their person in public places" Quinn said.
Well thank you Mr. Quinn for that enlightened statement, please... allow me to retort. If you studied law or history for that matter you would know. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits any person from selling or otherwise transferring a firearm or ammunition to any person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to any mental institution.” So now that we have solved that issue, lets move forward.
The governor's next issue:
"I want to say today, and I'll say every day, we need to ban assault weapons in our state of Illinois. We aren't going to have people marching along Michigan Avenue, or any other avenue in the state of Illinois, with military-style assault weapons, weapons that are designed to kill people."
Mr. Quinn, I am sitting here shaking my head at how easy you make this. Either you clearly have no understanding of guns and the laws associated with them or you are outright lying to your constituents. Either way, I would ask you to pull out your law books and history books, which are more than likely fine leather bound editions and sitting prominently (and also dusty) on your wonderfully custom made mahogany shelves in your office.
The National Firearms Act of 1968 (NFA) defines a number of categories of regulated firearms. These weapons are collectively known as NFA firearms and include the following:
- Machine guns—this includes any firearm which can fire more than 1 cartridge per trigger pull. Both continuous fully automatic fire and "burst fire" (i.e., firearms with a 3-round burst feature) are considered machine gun features. The weapon's receiver is by itself considered to be a regulated firearm.
- Short-barreled rifles (SBRs)—this category includes any firearm with a buttstock and either a rifled barrel under 16" long or an overall length under 26". The overall length is measured with any folding or collapsing stocks in the extended position. The category also includes firearms which came from the factory with a buttstock that was later removed by a third party.
- Short barreled shotguns (SBSs)—this category is defined similarly to SBRs, but the barrel must be at least 18" instead of 16", and the barrel must be a smoothbore. The minimum overall length limit remains 26".
- Silencers —this includes any portable device designed to muffle or disguise the report of a portable firearm. This category does not include non-portable devices, such as sound traps used by gunsmiths in their shops which are large and usually bolted to the floor.
- Destructive Devices (DDs)—there are two broad classes of destructive devices:Devices such as grenades, bombs, explosive missiles, poison gas weapons, etc.
So in closing, Mr. Quinn I appreciate your efforts, but you'r understanding, or lack thereof, on the topic is clearly not adequate. Will you please step aside and let reasonable men and woman deal with this. Your grandstanding and fear mongering are not helping the situation in any way.