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Update on Two Firearm Bills in Illinois

Friday, May 1, 2009

Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voices Heard!

Things have been relatively quiet regarding firearms in the Illinois General Assembly over the last several weeks, so there has not been much to report. 

There are rumblings, however, that anti-gun lawmakers may try to revive House Bill 48, the bill that seeks to require virtually all private handgun transfers be processed through a licensed firearm dealer.  While this bill was already defeated on March 25 by a vote of 55-60, bills are often not truly defeated in Illinois until adjournment.  With this in mind, please take the time to contact your State Representative and respectfully urge them to oppose any efforts to revive HB48 or any similar legislation that seeks to restrict the private transfer of firearms.  Contact information can be found here.

House Bill 182 could see action in the Senate next week.  This bill would establish that it is not a violation of the unlawful use of weapons law for a law-biding gun owner to carry or possess their lawfully owned handgun within their dwelling.  HB182 has been assigned to the Criminal Law Subcommittee on Firearms, so please contact State Senators A. J. Wilhelmi (D-43) and Tim Bivins (R-45) and urge them to support this important reform.  Senator Wilhelmi can be reached by phone at (217) 782-8800.  To contact Senator Bivins, please call (217) 782-0180.

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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.