Last week, the Illinois Senate voted to concur with the House on SB 2165, which seeks to provide an affirmative defense for a gun owner if he uses a firearm prohibited by local ordinance in defense of himself or others. The bill’s fate is now in the hands of Governor Rod Blagojevich (D), who has threatened to veto this common sense measure. Also awaiting a threatened veto is another common sense bill, SB 2386, which seeks to prohibit civil suits against a gun owner who uses a firearm to defend himself or others. Both SB 2165 and SB 2386 passed with enough votes to override the governor’s threatened veto, but you should still call Governor Blagojevich at (217) 782-6830 and urge him to sign SB 2165 and SB 2386, and remind him that both passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. And while Illinois families spent this past Memorial Day Weekend honoring the ultimate sacrifice made by those who have served in our nation’s service to protect our rights, anti-gun extremists schemed to mount another assault on one of those very rights--our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Anti-gun State Senator John Cullerton (D-6) chose the traditional date for the observance of Memorial Day, May 30, to introduce SB 3383, a bill that seeks to establish a ban on certain semi-automatic firearms at the state level. This legislation could be taken up during the time it takes to resolve the current impasse over the budget, although it may not see any action until the veto session in November. We will keep you posted as to any developments on this front, but please be sure to keep in touch with your state lawmakers and urge them to oppose this gun ban if it is brought up for consideration. The Senate can be reached by calling (217) 782-4517, and the House can be reached at (217) 782-8223. For additional contact information, please use the Write Your Representatives" feature located at www.NRAILA.org.