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Illinois: HB48 Likely to be Considered This Week!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Please Contact Your State Representative Today!

House Bill 48, a bill that would eliminate most private transfers of handguns, has passed the House Executive Committee, and may be considered anytime. 

This legislation, introduced by anti-gun State Representative Harry Osterman (D-14), would require virtually all private handgun transfers to be processed through a licensed firearm dealer, even those occurring between persons with state-issued Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) Cards.  The law already requires all private transfers to be carefully recorded—with information such as the date of transfer and serial number of the handgun to be maintained for 10 years.  HB 48 would require the additional step of processing the almost all private transfers through a federally licensed dealer. 

Even if you plan on selling a handgun to a neighbor you’ve known for 20 years, or to a cousin you’ve known your whole life, under HB 48, you and the purchaser would be required to go to a federally licensed firearm dealer to complete the transfer.  And if the closest dealer is 20 miles away, or more, then that’s just too bad.

The House will likely take up HB 48 this week, possibly on Wednesday, March 18. 

Contact your State Representative TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE HB 48.

Contact information and be found by clicking here.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.