Please Call Committee Members Today and Urge Them to Support HB 3500!
House Bill 3500 has been sent to the state Senate Executive Committee for a hearing and will be voted on soon. Sponsored by state Senator Kirk Dillard (R-24) and introduced by state Representative Richard Morthland (R-71), this legislation was originally introduced as a firearms preemption bill, but was amended to incorporate a necessary reform to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ensure that the personal information of people who have applied for or received a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) shall not be disclosed unless it is necessary as part of a criminal investigation.
The FOIA amendments contained in HB 3500 became necessary following an opinion issued by anti-gun Attorney General Lisa Madigan in which she stated the Illinois State Police (ISP) must release the personal information of every law-abiding gun owner in Illinois to the Associated Press (AP). Since the mid-1960’s, the ISP has maintained a database with all FOID information, and has considered this material to be confidential and not subject to release. The AP had previously filed a FOIA request for this very information. Passage of HB 3500 would protect your rights as a gun owner and ensure that your personal information would stay confidential, and not in the hands of those who have no right to possess it.
A vote on this bill could take place at any time. Members of this committee are under extreme pressure from the anti-gun opposition which wants this bill weakened or killed. Please contact members of the Senate Executive Committee TODAY and urge their support of HB 3500!
Senate Executive Committee:
Senator Don Harmon (D-39), Chairman
Senator Ira Silverstein (D-8), Vice Chairman
Senator James Clayborne, Jr. (D-57)
Senator M. Maggie Crotty (D-19)
Senator John J. Cullerton (D-6)
Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-4)
Senator Antonio Munoz (D- 1)
Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-9)
Senator Donne Trotter (D-17)
Senator Dale Righter (R-55), Minority Spokesman
Senator Bill Brady (R-44)
Senator John Jones (R-54)
Senator David Luechtefeld (R-58)
Senator Matt Murphy (R-27)
Senator Christine Radogno (R-41)