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Illinois: Ivory Ban Legislation Defeated

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Illinois: Ivory Ban Legislation Defeated

Today, the Illinois Senate Environment and Conservation Committee defeated Senate Bill 1858 with a 4 to 6 vote.  SB 1858 was drafted to create a total ban on the sale or offer for sale of ivory or products containing ivory, regardless of provenance.  As written, the bill would have significantly diminished the value of legally obtained firearms containing any ivory, even if that ivory was legally purchased or is a bona fide antique.  The proposed language harmed those who have no part in illegal ivory trade activities, including firearm owners, sportsmen, hunters, recreational shooters and gun collectors who have legally purchased firearms (and knives, jewelry and other items) that have incorporated ivory features for decades. 

Historically, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintained the position that most ivory in the U.S. has been legally imported and that its sale in the U.S. did not materially contribute to the illegal ivory trade.

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