As many of you may know, House Bill 182 easily passed the House recently with 72 votes. HB182 is designed to clarify the unlawful use of weapon statutes to avoid cases where innocent gun owners are arrested and charged for handling firearms in homes other than their own. As we’re sure you’d agree, this is an entirely sensible piece of legislation. Apparently, 72 members of the Illinois House, on both sides of the aisle, agree with you as well.
Well, once the HB182 passed the House, it moved over to the Senate for consideration. Now, Senate President John Cullerton and his gun grabbing pal, Sen. Don Harmon (D- Oak Park) have latched on to HB182 and are attempting to destroy the bill by adding hostile amendments.
HERE’S THE PROBLEM . . .
If Cullerton gets his way, this is what could happen to you:
Let’s say your Aunt Betty is throwing your Uncle Joe a 50th birthday party. You go over to Uncle Joe’s house for cake and ice cream. Uncle Joe begins opening his birthday gifts – one of which is a nifty .45. Uncle Joe asks if you’d like to see the pistol and hands it over to you. Bad move! Under the Cullerton/Harmon hostile amendments to HB182, you could now be arrested, tried and convicted of unlawful use of a weapon. It doesn’t matter if you have a FOID card, or that you are not committing any other crime. The mere fact that you touch a firearm in Uncle Joe’s house could get you arrested and tried. Does that sound reasonable to you?
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR GUN RIGHTS:
1. Call your Illinois senator IMMEDIATELY and politely tell him/her that you are a law-abiding Illinois firearm owner and that you would like your senator to vote “NO” to any amendments to HB182. If you need to find out who your senator is, you can find out at this link on the State Board of Elections website:
2. Pass this alert on to all your gun-owning friends and tell them to make calls as well.
3. Post this alert to any and all Internet blogs or bulletin boards to which you belong.