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Illinois Gun Control Moves to the House

In an underhanded move that we have all come to expect from Illinois politicians, gun control legislation will be voted on in House Judiciary 1 Committee 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 date 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 is Amendment #1 to SB2899, and is sponsored by 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 Rifle Association.

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10 Responses to Illinois Gun Control Moves to the House

  1. Travis January 5, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Thanks for your efforts in passing this information on. I live in Ohio and just finished calling the list (from the Illinois State Rifle Assoc. link) of Reps. and left mess. on all that weren’t filled up. Keep providing this valuable info!

    • Brandon January 5, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      You’re welcome, thanks for contacting them.

  2. Tim S January 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    As an unfortunate resident of IL we need your help!

  3. Andy January 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    They have learned from their great leader BHO. Pass legislation during the weekend. Or, at night, when the country is asleep.

  4. Eddie Garrott January 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I gave $25 to the Illinois Rifle Association. Good luck Yankees. My mom was from up North. Good folks getting the shaft from Chicago.

  5. Psydr January 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    This is just another example of an elected official out to fulfill his own individual agenda and not the will of the people. That’s why he has to sneak this in as an amendment to the back end of an already existing bill… over the weekend, presumably when no one is paying attention. Unbelievable. The folks of Illinois need to move to stifle this immediately and make a call for impeachment…

  6. responsiblegunowner January 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Actually, this is our representatives responding to their constituents. We have a representative democracy which means, if the majority of our elected officials wants to pass a law that is found to be constitutional, we can do it. Your right to play with your gun does not supersede my right to petition my government to do something that many believe will make us safer. You probably don’t believe that, that’s ok, but those beliefs don’t change the fundamental structure of our government. I’ve just called and emailed all of my reps and told them I want them to support this effort. Cars, boats, explosives, and other physical “things” that can be dangerous when used by people are required to be registered, insured, etc, there’s no reason weapons shouldn’t be the same. The government can put reasonable limits on the things we do (speed limits, profane speech, religious displays in public places, smoking in public places, etc.).

    • Brandon January 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      You keep pandering and pretending to be “responsible”. You’re surrendering your rights, and a great example of why we’re screwed. Wait until they put “reasonable limits” on your other Constitutionally protected rights.

  7. johnny January 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Attempted to call Illinois representative to express my displeasure regarding this sneaky so called amendment that is attack my law abiding pro gun advocate family of Illinois. Mail boxes are full but that won’t stop me from continuing to try. We will overcome this

  8. Frank Sharpe January 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Dear “responsiblegunowner”,

    How will registering standard capacity magazines improve public safety? And how will that be handled logistically? How is each magazine in the state supposed to be accounted for by the State Police? Millions and millions of magazines without serial numbers are supposed to be presented in person to the State Police and somehow registered?

    I would suggest that spending funds on any such program at a time when our state is on the verge of bankruptcy is IRRESPONSIBLE.

    But, I suppose it’s easy to support when one is only spending their grandchildren’s money.