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Update on Pending Anti-Gun Legislation in the Land of Lincoln

Friday, March 5, 2010

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A handful of anti-gun bills continue to pose threats to law-abiding gun owners in Illinois

House Bill 6123 remains in the House Judiciary II - Criminal Law Committee, but could be taken up next week.  This bill, introduced by anti-gun State Representative Harry Osterman (D-14), seeks to create a confusing new felony offense for “knowingly” supplying a “street gang member” with a firearm.  A “street gang member” is vaguely defined in the Illinois Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act, and this new legislation is undoubtedly intended to capitalize on the fears the general public has for words like “street gang” and “terrorism.” 

The language contained in HB6123 is also incorporated into Senate Senate Bill 3632 and Senate Bill 3709 by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33), and they also may get a push next week.  Senator Kotowski’s bills go even further than Representative Osterman’s, though, as they would also outlaw most private transfers of handguns, requiring they be processed through a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL).  Both SB3632 and SB3709 had been assigned to the Senate Criminal Law Committee, but have been reassigned to the Senate Public Health Subcommittee on Special Issues.

Representative Osterman also has House Bill 5480, which has been reported out of the House Executive Committee and is now on the House floor.  HB5480 contains language to prohibit most private transfers of handguns, like Senator Kotowski’s bills, but removes the “street gang” language.  Similarly, House Bill 5495, introduced by State Representative William Burns (D-26), has also been reported out of the House Executive Committee, and is now on the House floor.  HB5480 would prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.

Finally, House Bill 5849, introduced by Representative Osterman, may be heard in the House Executive Committee next Wednesday, March 10, which is the same date as IGOLD—the Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day.  This bill 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.

Other bills, both good and bad, remain viable, but those mentioned above are of the greatest concern at this time. 

Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and urge them to oppose the bills mentioned here.  Also, please try to attend IGOLD so that you can show your support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and perhaps meet with your legislators face-to-face.  Contact information for your State Legislators can be found by clicking
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