January 16, 2023
By Joel R Kolander
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You've likely heard about the recent gun control legislation that was passed in Illinois on January 10, 2023. Dubbed the "Protect Illinois Communities Act" (also referred to by its bill name, HB 5855) the law covers a gaggle of policy points, but most importantly introduces Illinois as the ninth state to institute an "assault weapons" ban.
First off, let us mince no words. We at Rock Island Auction believe this legislation is unconstitutional and that it only serves to punish the law abiding citizens of the great state of Illinois.
We’ve been receiving a lot of questions lately about how this legislation will affect business here at RIAC. Simply put, it will affect our business the same way it will any FFL or firearms auction house. This law eliminates anyone's ability to sell the banned items to residents of the state of Illinois. Rock Island Auction Company is not uniquely affected in any way. Just like any other FFL or firearms auction house, we will continue to offer these items to buyers in other states who may legally own them.
What items are affected? The major items are listed below. To view the bill's full text, you may click here.
Passed in a lame duck session and in direct opposition to the recent Supreme Court rulings in Bruen, we look forward to the inevitable legal challenges this new law will face and to hosting our first auction in Texas in 2023.
Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to a tremendous 2023.
I recently moved from Washington state to Arizona. Much shorter drive to Texas. ?
Why doesn't Rock Island move out of Illinois to free America ? Constitutional litigation will take years. And you're funding these idiots with your tax dollars.
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