March 21, 2007 - Springfield Report

Today three very bad bills came out of the House Executive Committee. They are: HB758 (background checks on private transfers), HB873 (so called "assault weapons" and .50 caliber ban) and HB1078 (one gun a month). All votes were 8 to 5. The votes were all along party lines, with the Democrats voting for the bill. All of these bills are going to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Today beside Todd Vandermyde testifying, we also had Ronnie Barrett (of Barrett rifles) Mark Westrom (of Armalite) Joel Brunsvold (National Shooting Sports Foundation) and Mac MacWilliams. All were brilliant. The problem is none of it mattered, this is Springfield. Now, we the lobbyists, have to meet with each legislator. We need you to call your legislators and tell them you oppose these bills as well as SB16, which is in the Senate.

If you get this alert and are not an ISRA member, please join. You can also make a legislative donation on our website:  We could really use your donation right now.

This is going to be a long and tough battle-hang in there.

Thank you for your support.

Richard A. Pearson

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March 21, 2007 - More from Springfield

There were a couple of committees which met today in which bills were amended.
One was Jud-Crim in the Senate. SB1094 was amended to make the FOID 10 years for
$10. That would actually help because some people get into trouble for forgetting to renew their FOID card.

Today an amendment was added to the .50 caliber ban-SB1471-which dropped the
registration requirement. Here's the problem, in Iowa they are called Sivet Cats, in the south they are called Swamp Kitties, in Europe they are called Pole Cats, here we call them Skunks. What ever you call them they stink. So does SB1471.

Be sure you call your Senator and ask them to vote against SB1471.