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Many Firearms Bills Introduced in Illinois!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Anti-gun lawmakers continue their push for new restrictions on the rights of Illinois’ gun owners.  Last week we reported on House Bill 180, which seeks to establish a state-based licensing scheme for Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders that sell handguns. 

This week, we have several more bills to add to the watch list:

House Bill 5734, introduced by State Representative Deborah Graham (D-78), and Senate Bill 1848, introduced by State Senator Don Harmon (D-39), are two more handgun dealer licensing bills, similar to HB180.

House Bill 5480, introduced by State Representative Harry Osterman (D-14), and Senate Bill 3632 and Senate Bill 3709, introduced by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33), would outlaw most private transfers of handguns and require the transfers to be processed through an FFL.

House Bill 5495, introduced by State Representative William Burns (D-14), would prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.

House Bill 5751, introduced by State Representative Edward Acevedo (D-2), and Senate Bill 3036, introduced by State Senator Anthony Munoz (D-1), would ban countless semi-automatic handguns, rifles, and shotguns, many parts for the same, as well as .50 cal. rifles and ammunition.

House Bill 5849, introduced by Representative Osterman, seeks to overturn last year’s Illinois Supreme Court ruling that held the storage boxes built into vehicles qualified for storing unloaded firearms for lawful transportation under Illinois law.  This bill would change the law to make it more difficult to lawfully transport unloaded firearms.

House Bill 6123, also introduced by Representative Osterman, seeks to create a confusing new felony offense for “knowingly” supplying a “street gang member” with a firearm.  A “street gang member” is defined in the Illinois Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act.  This legislation is undoubtedly intended to capitalize on the fears the general public has for words like “street gang” and “terrorism,” and similar language is contained in SB3632 and SB3709 by Senator Kotowski.

Senate Bill 3425, introduced by Senator Kotowski, would mandate that all semi-automatic handguns sold in Illinois and manufactured after January 1, 2011 must include “micro-stamping” technology.

There are some good bills that have been introduced, as well.

House Bill 4835, introduced by State Representative David Reis (R-108), would eliminate the waiting period requirement on firearm transfers if the transfer involves trading one operable firearm for another.

House Bill 5221, introduced by State Representative Brandon Phelps (D-118), and House Bill 6249, introduced by State Representative John Bradley (D-117), are Right-to-Carry bills.

House Bill 5231, introduced by Representative Bradley, would remove the prohibition on having a firearm in a place where alcohol is served if it is possessed by the business owner, or by employees he has given permission to possess a firearm while on the premises.

House Bill 5741, introduced by Representative Reis, would remove restrictions on transporting or storing a firearm in a vehicle while the vehicle is in a parking lot.

In addition, NRA will be working with State Representative Roger Eddy (R-109) to make improvements to current laws relating to the Firearms Owners Identification Card Act and mental health records.

As the session progresses, we will be sure to update you on what you can do to oppose the bad bills and support the good.  Next week will likely see some action, so please watch for additional alerts.  Please continue checking your email and
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