“5/10/08 – Senate Bill 1007 which
bans the sale, manufacture and possession of any large capacity ammunition
magazine is scheduled to be debated in the Illinois House of Representatives in
the next several weeks. Now is the time to call your State Representative and
urge them to support this common sense legislation to reduce gun violence in
Illinois.” – Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
That kinda tells us where we will be and what will be taking place over the next
couple of weeks. We have been hearing rumblings that they may try and bring back
SB-1007. We know from past votes they are short of the 60 they need and we plan
on making them shorter.
It seems that their series of losses has been driving them crazy. As soon as
they think they have us beat, then we move the ends on them again. That and the
fact that in a few weeks they could receive a major set back with a very pro-gun
ruling from the US Supreme Court I believe has them running a bit scared.
With two democratic candidates running as far away from gun control as they can,
you would think, that they would take their lumps and plot for a vote after the
election. No they decided to get in the face of a few legislators.
Two of them are State Representatives Sandy Cole and Dennis Reboletti. The Brady
Campaign dropped a mail piece in their districts to women trying to gin up some
sort of “outrage”. So far it hasn’t worked. Calls “trickled” in according to one
secretary. Then they started placing robo calls to people trying to get more to
call in. These were coupled with a patch through that you could press 1 to be
connected to the state rep’s office. They even protested Representative Cole’s
office. All two of them.
When the FOID card and background checks are explained to the few callers who
actually take time to ask questions, the response seems to be, “I didn’t know
that” or they didn’t say that.
The message from the Brady Bunch has been misleading. Imagine that. They make it
sound like there are no background checks on handgun sales. Not true. It’s
called the FOID card. And what they want to do is stop the private transfer of
handguns between to law abiding people. It doesn’t matter that both have to have
FOID cards, and have already passed a background check to get them. Doesn’t
matter that the waiting period applies to private sales. Doesn’t matter that you
have to keep a record of the sale for 10 years.
No they didn’t tell all those parts of Illinois law, they said:
“Do YOU think background checks should be
required to buy a handgun?
Your Representative Sandy Cole doesn’t think so. She voted “NO”
on HB 758, a bill that would close a loophole in Illinois and require
background checks on everyone who wants to buy a handgun.”
Again, before anyone can legally buy a handgun
in Illinois they have to have a FOID card. In order to get a FOID card, you have
to pass a background check. Every night, the FOID card database is run against
new mental health admissions in the DHS database. The State Police also run
constant checks against new criminal conviction information that is entered into
the state systems.
Those background checks are ongoing and continuous. How else does someone have
their FOID card revoked? The misinformation, distortion and spinning or the
issue only damages the credibility of the anti-gunners.
For Sandy Cole, her opponent was removed from the ballot last week. If that
holds, they will have just picked a fight with someone who has no general
election opponent. That is political brilliance. Of course if you thought that
you would never get that vote and just wanted to piss them off, then it was a
So far in both cases, calls from pro-gunners who got the mail and robo calls are
out pacing the anti-calls. Without a statewide alert from our side, people who
read the story in the Daily Herald generated calls for Representative Cole,
saying thanks and support.
With Representative Reboletti, again they think that bullying, and press will
somehow win what they have failed to achieve. A former prosecutor, he knows that
the majority of the shootings that are taking place are doing so as a gang war
erupts in Chicago. He has worked on straw purchase legislation. And called out
those who have not supported his bills to stop the criminal trafficking in
Over the past weeks we have seen the anti-gunners frustration grow as the
Governor has complained that the democratically controlled House refuses to vote
for his pet projects like gun control. Now anti-gunners are just as bewildered
since their Chicago dominated legislature won’t pass their pet issues.
We now are hearing word that anti-gunners may try to resurrect HB-758 as an
amendment on to HB-5191. If they try to do that, they will only make a bad bill
worse. And give more ammunition to kill it – pun intended.
With the acidic atmosphere at the capitol, it looks like we are in for another
long overtime session. This gives the anti-gunners more time to try and bully
people, or pull more stunts to try and slip something through. It also means we
have to remain vigilant through out the rest of session.
What can you do? It’s the question we get all the time. Stay in touch with your
state reps and senators. Be polite when you talk to them. You can be passionate
and hold strong beliefs, but as we have seen, the attacks and badgering by the
antis has done nothing to help them. I would not put it past anti-gunners to
call up and harangue legislators pretending to be gun owners. At this time,
given their desperation, who knows what they will do.
In between calling legislators and talking to them, keep up with the ISRA
website as we’ll keep you updated with the behind the scenes antics at the state
capitol. We will be posting positional papers and talking points as things
progress. So stay tuned.