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Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Illinois General Assembly Executive Committee!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Please Urge the House Executive Committee to Oppose all of These Measures!

The Illinois General Assembly is in full swing, and there are already bad bills lining up. Two of the bad bills that have started to show signs of life are House Bill 4269, introduced by State Representative Monique Davis (D-27), and House Bill 4349, introduced by Representative Naomi Jakobsson (D-103). Both bills deal with the same subject matter--ammunition serialization/encoding--and are basically identical in what they do. These bills would require every round of ammunition sold in Illinois--both the bullet and the casing—be marked with serial numbers. These numbers would be unique for each box of ammunition. At the point of sale, each purchase would be recorded to identify the purchaser of the (registered) ammunition, and this information would be reported to the Illinois State Police for entry into a database.

These bills also call for the collection of a fee of $.05 for every round of ammunition sold, in order to pay for the operation of this new database. These standards would be put in place by January 1, 2009, and any ammunition possessed before that date and not encoded must be disposed of by January 1, 2011. In effect, these bills are a ban on ammunition in Illinois.

Many major ammunition manufacturers would likely abandon the Illinois market, due to the dramatic increase in cost necessary to operate there, and it would prohibit gun owners from reloading their own ammunition. One manufacturer, Winchester Ammunition in East Alton, might even be forced to move out of the state, taking critical jobs and tax revenue with it. Any manufacturers that continue to do business in Illinois in compliance with the law would be forced to pass on the added cost to retailers, who, in turn, would have to pass it on to law-abiding consumers. Add to the mix the additional tax of $.05 per round of ammunition, and the cost of ammunition will soon be far too expensive for most hunters, competitive shooters, and those otherwise interested in honing their skills with a firearm to continue with their practices. These bills must be defeated. They have no benefit to law enforcement, and would serve only to drive up the cost, and drive down the availability, of ammunition for law-abiding gun owners in Illinois. Both bills have been referred to the House Executive Committee, and could be brought up any time.

Also referred to the House Executive Committee are three more anti-gun bills. House Bill 758, introduced by Representative Harry Osterman (D-14), would expand the regulations regarding the transfer of firearms at gun shows to include nearly all private transfers, even between FOID holders. House Bill 4393, introduced by Representative Luis Arroyo (D-3), would limit the purchase of handguns to one in a 30-day period. And House Bill 4357, introduced by Representative Edward Acevedo (D-2), would ban countless semi-automatic firearms, as well as .50 cal. rifles and ammunition.

Please urge the House Executive Committee members to oppose all of these measures.

House Executive Committee:

Senator Daniel Burke (Chairman)(D-23)
(217) 782-1117

Senator Joseph Lyons (D-19)
(217) 782-8400

Senator Dan Brady (R-88)
(217) 782-1118

Senator Edward Acevedo (D-2)
(217) 782-2855

Senator Maria Antonia Berrios (D-39)
(217) 558-1032

Senator Bob Biggins (R-41)
(217) 782-6578

Senator Richard Bradley (D-40)
(217) 782-8117

Senator Brent Hassert (R-85)
(217) 782-4179

Senator James Meyer (R-48)
(217) 782-8028

Senator Robert Molaro (D-21)
(217) 782-5280

Senator Robert Rita (D-28)
(217) 558-1000

Senator Angelo Saviano (R-77)
(217) 782-3374

Senator Arthur Turner (D-9)
(217) 782-8116

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