The Illinois legislature convenes this week for the fall veto session, and the uniformly anti-gun Chicago-area Democrats, still smarting from their failure this summer to stop concealed carry, are evidently looking for revenge on Illinois gun owners. From the Illinois State Rifle Association:
The Illinois General Assembly returns to session Monday, October 21st, and the anti-gunners are wasting no time in attempting to dismantle the concealed carry bill passed last spring. Your help is desperately needed to shut down the gun control movement’s efforts to strip you of your fundamental right to defend yourself and your family from muggers, murderers, robbers and rapists.
We also need your help to support 3 pro-concealed carry bills that have been introduced. The details on all the bills are below . . .
The first of the pro-defenselessness bills likely to be pushed hard this week is HB 3646. This proposed legislation would turn every restaurant with a liquor license into a "gun-free zone," without regard to whether or not the armed individual drinks, and whether or not alcohol comprises a significant portion of the restaurant's business. Illinois' concealed carry law is already freighted with numerous self-defense-free zones, and this bill would be another, even bigger foot in the door.
HB 3669 would make it a felony to so much as have a firearm locked in your trunk in a school parking lot--apparently without regard to whether or not the gun is loaded, or even if there is ammunition anywhere.
HB 3675 would impose a whopping 233% increase on the fine for carrying a gun into the long list of "prohibited places" for self-defense under Illinois' new (but as yet unimplemented) concealed carry law.
SB 2594, introduced just this month, is basically the Senate version of HB 3646, the "Must Be Defenseless While Eating" bill.
There are also a few pro-self-defense bills that might see some action over the course of the veto section. HB 3651 would reduce Illinois' highest in the nation training requirement for exercise of the fundamental human right of self-defense, HB 3650 would add a badly needed mechanism for reciprocity of concealed carry permits with other states, and HB 3649 would significantly reduce the ridiculous cost of a concealed carry permit, which as the current law is written, is equivalent to a "self-defense poll tax."
Meanwhile, GunsSaveLife.com has done superb work in finding "Bloomberg's fingerprints all over" a new push for a law to impose a 3-year minimum prison sentence on peaceable, victimless "gun criminals":
Janey Rountree was Mayor Bloomberg’s Firearms Policy Coordinator before sliding over to work for the Emanuel administration as Rahm’s Deputy Chief of Public Safety. She was also Bloomberg’s Coalition Coordinator at Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
This is in reference to Mayor Emanuel's recent active support of HB 2265, which we discussed last Thursday. With Bloomberg's overt support for forcible citizen disarmament measures in other states becoming increasingly toxic among the people of those states who are not interested in living under the thumb of a megalomaniac nanny, he seems to have discovered the value of working his malevolent will from the shadows.
ISRA urges Illinois residents to contact their legislators to express their vehement opposition to new infringements on that which shall not be infringed, and their support for the proposed relaxation on the infringements already inflicted on the people of Illinois. The other side has billionaires and a sycophantic mass media. Ours has a grassroots passion for liberty--and tens of millions of guns, and hundreds of millions (billions?) of rounds of ammo. Morality demands that we do our best to win with only the first.
But win we must.
- Fight for concealed carry in Illinois just beginning
- Illinois' long, hard climb out of abyss of state-mandated defenselessness begins
- Illinois Supremes issue major affirmation of 2A
- Illinois still not acquitting gun carry defendants months after ban overturned
- IL State Police allow themselves 9 more months of denying right to bear arms
- Federal judge in IL rules in favor of eternal violation of right to self-defense
- Chicago Democrats want mandatory prison for non-violent 'gun crimes' in Illinois
- Bloomberg’s fingerprints all over Illinois’ “3-year mandatory minimum” proposal