The NRA-ILA has just learned that new changes to recent legislation aimed at imprisoning law-abiding Illinois citizens for a victimless crime will likely be proposed very soon. While no language is currently available for review, the NRA-ILA has obtained information that the proposed changes will eliminate any mandatory minimums from the legislation for first-time offenders of the Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) or Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (AUUW) statutes, with no aggravating factors such as previous felonies or gang membership.
However, current law provides that probation is not available as a sentencing option, so individuals would still be sentenced to jail time, for which they are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. This policy change continues to create a scenario in which an unsuspecting citizen who has chosen to carry a firearm for self-defense, could serve significant jail time for a regulatory infraction.
The focus of this legislation must be returned to taking violent criminals and felons off the streets, not citizens merely interested in exercising their inherent right to self-defense.
Please contact your state Senator AND Representative and urge them to oppose this and any other legislation which places citizens who only wish to defend themselves and their families at risk for harsh criminal penalties. Contact information for your state legislators can be found here.
Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated when more information is available.