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Anti-Gun Legislator Hard at Work in Illinois!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Anti-gun State Representative Harry Osterman (D-14) has been unable to find any traction to pass House Bill 5849, which 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.  In a desperate attempt to pass this bill, Representative Osterman is attempting to amend it to include his confusing gang-related language from House Bill 6123.  Both bills are opposed by NRA, so it is critical that you turn up the heat with your State Representative, and urge him or her to continue to strongly oppose HB 5849, especially any attempt to amend it to make it even worse.

In addition to HB 5849, Representative Osterman may also attempt to amend House Bill 5480, his bill that seeks to outlaw most private transfers of handguns and require the transfers to be processed through an FFL.  The amendment would direct the Illinois Department of State Police to develop its own Internet-based background check system for handgun transfers.

Again, it is critical that you contact your State Representative, urge him or her to oppose HB 5849 AND HB 5480, and oppose any efforts to amend these bills to make them even worse. Please click here for contact information.

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