In an underhanded move that we have all come to expect from Illinois politicians, gun control legislation will be voted on inÂ House Judiciary 1 CommitteeÂ on Sunday afternoon. Yes, tomorrow, January 6.
You might remember that earlier in the week, gun control legislation was passed out of Senate committee and made it to the Senate floor, where it was tabled for a later dateÂ because the Democrats didn’t have the votes needed to pass it. Well they’re trying again, this time in the House of Representatives.
The bill isÂ Amendment #1 to SB2899, and is sponsored byÂ Rep. Eddie Acevedo. Equally surreptitious is that the amendment is to a bill wholly unrelated to gun control, the Probation and Probation Officers Act. Here is the synopsis of the amendment:
Amends the Probation and Probation Officers Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the Redeploy Illinois Program.
What’s in the Amendment
Well, a lot, and the formatting and language are both typical lawyer jargon (where’s Mr. Colion Noir when I need him?). The short version is that it’s an Assault Weapons Ban and an extensive registration program that will be administered by the State Police, all rolled up into one little amendment to an unrelated bill. Proving once again that gun control has nothing to do with reducing crime, and everything to do with control.
You can read the full text here.
More Info and Action Items
If you live in Illinois you need to contact your Representative immediately. If you don’t live in Illinois, you can still help by calling. Illinois resident and firearms instructor Frank Sharpe Jr. gave the following advice.
Even if you’re out of state – call! Tell them you won’t spend a dime in a state that doesn’t recognize the entire Bill of Rights. No travel, no online orders, nothing.
An excellent idea. We need to stand united on this issue and make our voices heard. For more information on the bill, and contact information for Illinois State Representatives, check out this alert from the Illinois State RifleÂ Association.