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Registration of Yugo SKS rifles (M59/66 and M59/66A1)

December 16, 2012 in Chicago

Chicago ordinance 08-20-010 defines assault rifles as follows:

“Assault weapon” means:

(1)     A semiautomatic rifle that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:

(i)     a folding or telescoping stock

(ii)     a handgun grip which protrudes conspicuously beneath the action

(iii)     a bayonet mount

(iv)     a flash suppressor or a barrel having a threaded muzzle

(v)     a grenade launcher; or

The reading of the above ordinance indicates that in order to be classified an “Assault weapon” a rifle must have a detachable magazine and have one or more of the features mentioned.  The Yugoslavian SKS has two of the features, a bayonet mount and a grenade launcher, but it lacks the ability to accept a detachable magazine.

The registration form asks the following question for rifle registrations:

 

Chicago ordinance 08-20-220 imposes a penalty for providing false information on a firearm registration as follows:

8-20-220  False information – Forgery – Alteration.

(a)     It is unlawful for any person purchasing any firearm or ammunition, or applying for any CFP or registration certificate, or, in giving any information pursuant to the requirements of this chapter, to knowingly give false information or offer false information or evidence of identity.

(b)     It is unlawful for any person to forge or materially alter any application for a CFP or firearm registration certificate.

(c)     It is unlawful for any person to forge or materially alter a CFP or a firearm registration certificate.

(d)     It is unlawful for any person to knowingly possess a forged or materially altered CFP or firearm registration certificate.

*(f)     It is unlawful for any person to knowingly make any false statement, submit any false information or misrepresent any information required in this chapter.

Century Arms International is a prominent importer of SKS rifles and according to the manual provided by them, the rifle is a grenade launcher.

Operational Characteristics:
The Yugo Model 59/66 rifle is a gas-operated, integral box magazine-fed arm distinguished from other
SKS variants by the prominent spigot-style grenade launcher permanently attached to the muzzle and a
folding grenade launcher sight. Equipped with a spring-loaded operating rod, a gas rod works the action
via gas pressure. It also has a “tilting bolt” action locking system. The 10-round magazine is loaded from
the top either manually (one round at a time) or with the use of a 10-round stripper clip. It is chambered
for the 7.62x39mm cartridge.

In a nutshell, it would be a violation of Chicago Ordinance 08-20-220 to answer “No” to the grenade launcher question when registering an M59/66 or M59/66A1 that did not have the grenade launcher removed.

8-20-300 Violation – Penalty.

(a)     Any person who violates section 8-20-0208-20-0308-20-0358-20-0608-20-080 or 8-20-110 shall upon conviction be fined not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $5000.00 and be incarcerated for a term not less than 20 days nor more than 90 days.  Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

(b)     Unless another fine or penalty is specifically provided, any person who violates any provision of this chapter, or any rule or regulation promulgated hereunder, shall upon conviction or a finding of liability for the first offense, be fined not less than $1,000.00, nor more than $5,000.00, or be incarcerated for not less than 20 days nor more than 90 days, or both.  Any subsequent conviction for a violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000.00 and not more than $10,000.00, and by incarceration for a term of not less than 30 days, nor more than six months.  Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

(c)     In addition to any other fine or penalty provided in this chapter, the CFP or registration certificate of any person who violates any provision of this chapter, or rule or regulation promulgated hereunder, may be revoked.  Any person whose CFP is revoked shall not be eligible for a CFP for 5 years from the date of the revocation; provided that the superintendent may waive this restriction if, in the determination of the superintendent, the applicant has demonstrated that the applicant has good reason to fear injury to his person or property.

(d)     Upon the determination that a person has violated any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated hereunder, the superintendent may institute an administrative adjudication proceeding with the department of administrative hearings by forwarding a copy of a notice of violation or a notice of hearing, which has been properly served, to the department of administrative hearings.

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