Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Illinois: House Returns from Recess, Gun Control Bills on the Move

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Illinois: House Returns from Recess, Gun Control Bills on the Move

With the Illinois state House of Representatives having returned from recess, a number of bills threatening your Second Amendment rights are up for consideration soon.  It’s critical that your state lawmakers and Governor Rauner hear from you immediately on the following bills:

  • Please contact your state Representative and call 217-782-2000 and urge them to OPPOSE House Bills 1664 and 1469 and to OPPOSE concurrence on House Bills 1465 and 1467. 
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 2340 to prohibit the possession of certain firearm parts or build components by non-FOID holders.  Please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE SA 1 to SB 2340.
  • Efforts are underway in the state Senate to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of bills that would drive your local gun stores out of business with onerous red tape and regulations.  Please contact your state Senator and call the Secretary of Senate at 217-782-5715 and urge them to OPPOSE efforts to override the veto on SB 1657 and HB 1273.
  • House bill 1468 to impose a 72-hour waiting period on modern semi-automatic firearms is currently sitting on Gov. Rauner’s desk.  Please contact Gov. Rauner and call him at 217-782-0244 and urge him to VETO HB 1468.

Again, it is critical that you contact your elected officials and urge them to defend the Second Amendment.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative, your state Senator, and Gov. Rauner.

House Bill 1664, sponsored by Representative Deb Conroy (D-46), would direct the state police to create a “Dangerous Persons Hotline” to allow anyone to report individuals who they think present a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others and who own a firearm without any evidence required.  There are no consequences for false reporting or even repeated false reports.  The hotline is anonymous, so individuals will not have the opportunity to challenge their accusers regarding the allegations made against them.  Anyone could report a gun owner for whatever reason with no repercussions.

State police would be allowed to delay a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) application or suspend an existing one for up to 90 days pending a mental health evaluation to be conducted at the applicant or FOID card holder’s expense.  In addition, they would be allowed to look back 10 years into the mental health history of current FOID card holders.  Non-compliance would result in an automatic denial of the application or revocation of the FOID card.  This legislation lacks appropriate due process protections against false allegations and could subject current FOID holders to unnecessary and expensive mental health evaluations.  HB 1664 is currently in the state House for consideration.

House Bill 1469, sponsored by Representative Daniel Burke (D-1), would ban standard capacity ammunition magazines over 10 rounds in capacity.  The vast majority of handguns have standard capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.  This bill has no grandfather clause, thus requiring that they be disposed of within 90 days.  HB 1664 is currently in the state House for consideration.

House Bill 1465, as amended by Representative Michelle Mussman (D-56), would deny law-abiding young adults under the age of 21 their Second Amendment rights by prohibiting them from possessing or purchasing commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and .50 BMG caliber rifles.  The bill would require adults under the age of 21 to dispose of such firearms within 90 days and to dispose of standard capacity magazines over ten rounds in capacity immediately.  In addition, language in the bill would prohibit out-of-state visitors from being present in Illinois for longer than 24 hours with such firearms or standard capacity magazines.  HB 1465 is in the state House for concurrence.

Originally a bill to ban certain firearm accessories and historical firearms, House Bill 1467 received Senate Amendment 1, sponsored by Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13).  Firearm preemption laws ensure that fundamental Second Amendment rights are not diluted or distorted through controversial local policies and help prevent a confusing patchwork of gun control laws which make it difficult for gun owners to ensure that they are following the law.  Furthermore, Second Amendment rights are guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of where they live.  HB 1465 is in the state House for concurrence.

Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 2340 will impose broad and vague requirements that far exceed federal law on firearm components.  It would prohibit the possession of raw, unfinished receivers, firing pins, and barrels by individuals who do not hold a FOID.  The bill language is so broad that virtually any metal tube or small, pointed rod could be interpreted to be a barrel or firing pin respectively.  Federal law already regulates receivers as “firearms.” The provisions of this bill are excessive and redundant.  SA 1 to SB 2340 is in the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Senate Bill 1657, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-39), and House Bill 1273, sponsored by Representative Kathleen Willis (D-77), would create an onerous gun dealer licensing scheme within the state.  While the purported intent of this legislation was to enhance “responsible business practices,” these bills only prove that the intention is to close as many federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) as possible.  The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) licenses and closely monitors all FFLs and strictly enforces any violation of federal law.  SB 1657 and HB 1273 go so far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that they would almost assuredly force the closure of most firearm dealers and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones.  This legislation seeks to create so many department divisions, anti-gun 5-member licensing boards, and licensing fees that dealers would be forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or being priced out of business.  The state Senate is currently attempting to override Gov. Rauner’s veto.

House Bill 1468, sponsored by Representative Jonathan Carroll (D-57), would require a 72 hour waiting period for certain commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and .50 BMG caliber rifles.  Current Illinois law requires a 72 hour waiting period for handguns and a 24 hour waiting period for long guns.  The arbitrary distinction in this bill will cause confusion among firearm sellers about which long guns require a 72 hour waiting period.  In addition, it would also ban the sale of these firearms to non-residents.  HB 1468 is now on the Governor’s desk.

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative, your state Senator, committee members, and Gov. Rauner to OPPOSE these bills.

TRENDING NOW
NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

News  

Friday, August 30, 2019

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

After decades of NASCAR drivers literally turning left for hours every race day (road course races excluded, of course), the governing body appears to be taking a figurative left turn, politically. K-Var, a retailer in outdoor and ...

Beto Going All-In on Confiscation

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Beto Going All-In on Confiscation

Democrat Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke continues to struggle to gain any sort of traction for his campaign. With some polls putting him in 10th place, and his average sitting around 7th, some might say that it is desperation ...

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Semi-Auto and Magazine Ban!

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Semi-Auto and Magazine Ban!

The Democrat Party is now so aligned with gun control that every major candidate running for its 2020 presidential nomination recently appeared in a propaganda video produced by one of the nation’s most active firearm prohibition groups. ...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, “declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.”The resolution was ...

House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

As was continually threatened while Congress was on its six-week Summer break, House Democrats hastily convened a hearing on Tuesday to promote their latest batch of anti-gun bills.  The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of three bills, ...

Playing Games with Numbers

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Playing Games with Numbers

Stanford Law Professor John Donohue and Theodora Boulouta, a Stanford undergrad, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times that claims their new research shows the 1994 “assault weapons” ban really did work.  Their finding is ...

NRA Files Suit Against San Francisco for Violating First Amendment

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

NRA Files Suit Against San Francisco for Violating First Amendment

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors smeared millions of law-abiding Americans by unanimously adopting a resolution that designated NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.” Less than one week later, on September 9, NRA filed a federal lawsuit ...

News  

Friday, September 13, 2019

NRA Statement on Texas Governor's Safety Action Report

The National Rifle Association released the following statement on Friday regarding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Texas Safety Action Report:   

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick uses his political website to claim he is “leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas, including … standing up for the Second Amendment.” He also proudly notes his prior NRA endorsement. But ...

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Florida Alert! Are You Ready For Gun Registration?

A Constitutional Amendment calling for an "assault weapons" ban is being proposed for the ballot in 2020.  The definition of "assault weapon," in the amendment, includes ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.  If the amendment goes on the ballot ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.