On Thursday, March 26, House Bill 179 was defeated by a vote of 54 to 62.
HB 179 would have expanded the mandatory firearm storage law. This expansion would have made it a Class A misdemeanor for the firearm owner if a minor without a Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card gains access to and used a firearm to cause death or great bodily harm.
Thank you to all those members who contacted their State Representative and helped defeat this bill. Without you this victory would not have been possible.