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Illinois: Right-to-Carry Facing Action Deadline This Week!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

House Bill 148, the NRA-supported Right-to-Carry Bill introduced by state Representative Brandon Phelps (D-118), is facing an action deadline this Friday, May 6.  This important self-defense legislation has never had a better chance to pass in Illinois and the anti-gunners know it.  We need to make our voices heard now and let your state legislators know that the propaganda being spread by these extremists is nothing but misrepresented fallacies.

We cannot let these anti-gun forces determine our rights and need to make our voices heard.  It is critical that you contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to support your right to self-defense by voting for HB 148.  A vote on this legislation could take place ANYTIME, so be sure to take action NOW, and urge others to do the same. To locate your state Representative and his or her contact information, please click here.

On April 20, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) and the Brady Campaign joined together with other anti-freedom advocates in Chicago to promote their agenda of opposing the right to personal protection.  The focus of this attack on freedom was the claim that HB 148 should be defeated because the Illinois State Police (ISP) would not be able to accurately check for individuals who should be prohibited from acquiring permits due to mental health issues. 

The Brady Bunch and its Illinois shills at the ICHV also stated that the entire Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card system had “dangerous gaps.”  It is estimated, however, that passage of HB 148 could result in the ISP receiving anywhere from nearly $9 million to almost $40 million in revenue that could be used to update its computer and reporting systems.  The ISP has already received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for upgrading its computers.  If there truly are any “dangerous gaps,” this grant, and the potential money generated through HB 148, should be more than enough to seal those gaps air tight.

In addition to the attacks by these anti-gun extremists, many college and public university administrators are working to defeat HB 148.  Our understanding is that Southern Illinois University is leading the effort to oppose HB 148 because the NRA will not agree to make it a felony offense if you carry a firearm onto college or university property.

Ultimately, the goal of the anti-gunners is to reject the idea that Illinois should finally recognize the right to self-defense.  As one of only two states that prohibit law-abiding citizens from lawfully carrying a concealed firearm for personal protection, Illinois is on the verge of joining the other 48 states if it can pass HB 148 this year. 

Again, please contact your state Representative and urge him or her to support House Bill 148.  To locate your state Representative and his or her contact information, please click here.

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