A coalition of Chicago clergy has announced their intentions to gather 100,000 signatures to petition support House Bill 5831 for an Illinois Gun Registry.
Reverend Ira J. Acree, one of the organizers of this movement, commented that “Rifles, AK-47s and machine guns should not be in the hands of ordinary citizens.”
Ironically, automatic weapons can not be owned by ordinary Illinois citizens, so using the guise of a statewide registry to combat such weapons is a farce. Understandably the Chicago clergy is concerned about homicides in Chicago, but why suggest imposing registration on the whole state? Are rural Illinois gun owners driving up to Chicago to murder your flock?