SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
The following was released today by the ISRA Political
Victory Fund (ISRA-PVF):
A proposal to ban hundreds of models of popular sporting
rifles and shotguns is raising the ire of gun owners
across Illinois. Sponsored by Senate President Emil
Jones, SB16 prohibits the manufacture, sale and
possession of a host of rifles and shotguns widely used
for hunting and target shooting. Owners of affected
firearms would have 90-days to surrender their property
to the Illinois State Police or risk felony prosecution.
"The net effect of this bill would be the destruction of
many time-honored Illinois traditions," said ISRA-PVF
spokesman, Richard Pearson. "Competitive target shooting
-- enjoyed by thousands of
Illinoisans -- would become a thing of the past.
Collectors would feel the sting of this legislation as
well, since their collections would become virtually
worthless overnight. Thanks to the ambiguous wording of
the bill, its passage would instantly create hundreds of
thousands of felons out of folks who have never gotten
so much as a parking ticket before. The kicker is, this
bill contains absolutely no provisions that address
violent criminals -- its sole impact is on the
law-abiding hunter and sportsman."
"If SB16 passes the Senate, the state's gun owners will
know exactly where to place the blame," continued
Pearson. "That blame rests squarely with the senate
Democrats, both north and south of I-80, who elevated
Emil Jones to the president's chair."
"The lawful firearm owners of Illinois have enjoyed
mutually-beneficial relationships with legislators on
both sides of the aisle," commented Pearson. "If SB16
passes, many of those relationships will come to a
screeching halt. Southern Illinois politics are in a
state of change, with senate races getting closer all
the time. If the senate Democrats who elected Emil Jones
to the presidency cannot control him, then we'll do what
we can to take his majority away from him. No friend of
Emil Jones is a friend of ours."
The ISRA-PVF is a political action committee affiliated
with the Illinois State Rifle Association. A copy of our
report is available for a fee from the Illinois State
Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.