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
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.