HB148 - A personal message from Colleen and David Lawson
Dear ISRA members,
As you may know, my husband and I were two of the
four Chicago resident plaintiffs in the historic
McDonald v. Chicago lawsuit that the ISRA and SAF
successfully brought against Chicago’s draconian
Unfortunately, that has not stopped our family from
being victims of armed crime outside of our homes.
Even with that legislation, all of our children have
been victims of armed criminals; not once, but
numerous times. Now that we can legally possess
handguns in our homes, David and I are actively
pushing for Right-to-Carry in Illinois.
Currently we have a Right-to-Carry bill in front of
our state legislators. This bill is numbered HB-148
and is titled “The Family and Personal Protection
HB-148 is expected to be voted on in less than a
week. As the only state in the entire country
without any legislation allowing any form of right
to carry provision for law-abiding citizens, David
and I cannot stress enough how critical this vote
will be for us and for you and your families.
This is the closest we have ever come to a
possibility of having this civil right finally
restored in our lives.
In order for the bill to pass into law, we must have
a majority of 71 votes of “Yes!” from our State
Governor Quinn has vowed to veto HB-148 if it should
pass the house, though lately he has come away from
that position and says he will give our bill its due
With 71 yes votes, Governor Quinn’s veto cannot
stand, and we who live in the only American state
that guarantees its victims to be legally powerless
against criminals - can finally remove that
guarantee and defend ourselves and our families on
the streets of Illinois.
How can we get these yes votes? There is only one
way: And that is for YOU to call. And call again.
And call again. It is no secret that Chicago area
legislators are the ones who have consistently
stopped RTC. But with the Heller and McDonald
decisions, more Chicagoans than ever are waking up
to the fact that RTC is a civil right, and a vital
legislation, and that denying it to Illinoisans is
wrong and harmful. David and I plead with you now:
Don’t let Chicago’s wake-up call go unanswered.
At many of our 2nd Amendment speaking opportunities,
Illinois gun rights supporters have promised to
stand with us in our battle against Chicago’s
anti-gun tyranny. Now is the time for us to call in
those markers. We desperately need Chicago area
state Representatives to hear from pro-gun
The lobbyists and volunteers from NRA, ISRA and
IllinoisCarry have spent many, many hours working
with pro-2nd-amendment legislators on HB-148. The
lobbyists, volunteers and sponsoring legislators
have spent further time talking with the
representatives who are undecided. I personally
spent two days in Springfield last week, speaking
with as many senators and reps as I could reach, and
from those who were undecided – or against – this
bill, I heard the same two responses time and again.
1) I’m afraid it will bring the ‘wild west’ and
2) My constituents don’t want it.
You already know that RTC does not bring the ‘wild
west’. Now please take the time to call your IL
State Representative and tell him or her that you DO
want RTC in Illinois – you DO want HB-148.
Our family resides in IL House District 15, which is
the district for Representative John D’Amico. This
district encompasses parts of northwest Chicago,
Lincolnwood, and Morton Grove, and other
Rep. D’Amico called me directly this week and told
me that my husband and I are his only two
constituents in favor of Right-to-Carry (HB-148) and
that every other constituent is opposed.
He also told assured me that “no one is walking
around carrying handguns in my district!” despite
the fact that he and I had just minutes before
discussed several instances where my family members
were robbed at gun-point, directly across the street
from D’Amico’s Chicago district office and before
that, just one block east of his office.
I would like D’Amico to receive enough of your
calls, on the record, that he cannot possibly say
that he has never received a call in support of RTC.
If you are in the 15th District, please call John
D’Amico at (217) 782-8198.
For those in other districts, you can find your
Remember to be polite, as you will most likely be
speaking to an over-worked admin and also, you are
all 2nd Amendment Ambassadors.
Now is the time to stand up for our 2nd Amendment
rights as we only have a few days remaining before
the vote will be called on HB-148.
Thank you so much,
Colleen and David Lawson
ISRA needs your continued support. McDonald v
Chicago was not the end of the fight but the beginning.
The ISRA is the front line in the battles for your
firearm rights here in Illinois, such as the new lawsuit
to prevent Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan from
forcing the Illinois State Police to release your FOID
information to the Associated Press.