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Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators Attempting to Get “Assault Weapon” Language into law

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators Attempting to Get “Assault Weapon” Language into law

This week, Senator Antonio Munoz filed Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 556.  This amendment is vaguely written and contains decades’ old language that attempts to enhance the penalty of unlawfully carrying a wide spectrum of semi-automatic firearms in Illinois.  The real effect of this legislation would be to finally implant this damaging and dangerous language into Illinois law that could potentially pave the way for future registration, bans, and confiscation.  These firearms are some of the most popular and commonly owned firearms in the country and are widely used for both recreational and self-defense use.  It is imperative that you contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to oppose Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 556.


Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 556 contains language to define commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms as so-called “Assault Weapons” simply because they look scary to untrained individuals.  Further, SA 2 is so poorly drafted, that it could encompass even more firearms than it even intends to.  This legislation is a dangerous step and needs to be prevented by all means.

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 556 when it comes up for a vote.

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