IL .50-Caliber Sniper Rifle Ban Illinois Fight to Ban Military-Style Sniper Rifles Heats Up Read About Godzilla's Gun in the Chicago Tribune Godzilla's Gun Chicago Tribune Published: March 29, 2007 Click here to watch the video on YouTube.com Click here to see a news report on the dangers of .50-caliber sniper rifles If Godzilla were a sportsman, the .50-caliber sniper rifle would be his instrument. This is a weapon that can shoot down airplanes or helicopters from more than a mile away. Its bullets can penetrate armored vehicles and exterior walls. One such rifle was found in the ashes of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Criminals and terrorists worldwide love this weapon. You could love it too. It's perfectly legal for anyone 18 or older in Illinois to own one. So of what possible legitimate use could the .50-caliber weapon be, even to sportsmen lurking in the forests and glens of Illinois? Coyote. Shooting coyote. That's what a gun lobbyist claimed during a recent state Senate committee hearing about a measure aimed at outlawing .50-caliber sniper rifles. Update on Legislation to Ban Military-Style .50-Caliber Sniper Rifles Thanks to residents of Illinois for their calls to their State Senators urging support of SB 1471 to ban .50-caliber sniper rifles. Illinois State Senators are hearing from you! The legislature is now on a two-week break and will reconvene on Monday, April 16th. We expect SB 1471 to be called for a vote in the Senate shortly after the break. If you are an Illinois resident, and you haven't yet taken action, click here to find out how to contact your State Senator and urge them to support SB 1471. Thanks for your support!