Information for You on HB-148 - Family and Personal
How Did Your Representative Vote Yesterday?
Last night ISRA issued news on the vote that took
place on the House floor yesterday on HB148. The
vote was 65-52 with consideration postponed.
What that means is that no record is kept of the vote
by the Illinois General Assembly, and keeps the bill
alive for further consideration.
Many, if not most of you, following the progress of
Right-To-Carry in Illinois have strong personal
feelings about the success of this effort. This
has been a long road, and the mission is not complete.
ISRA members answered the call of several alerts
issued in this past week to reach out and communicate
with your Representative, and this resulted in a great
showing when the vote was taken, but that vote was
short of the supermajority that was needed.
Without an official recording of the vote, some of you
are left wondering how your Representative voted on
the bill, perhaps depending on who your Representative
is or where your district is located.
Thanks to coverage of the Illinois General Assembly by
Illinois Statehouse News, you can see how the
votes were cast yesterday before being pulled from
consideration, in the image below. Green is "Yes", Red
is "No" in the votes cast. This picture is
taken from a screenshot of a very
short video that you can watch at Illinois Statehouse
News' YouTube Channel.
Now that you've seen how your Representative voted,
what to do?
If your Representative voted for HB-148, please take
the time to thank them.
you are disappointed with their vote, of course you
will want to share your disappointment, but please use this
information in a constructive manner, try to use it to
build a rapport with your Representative to bring them over to
your viewpoint. Please don't burn any bridges
with your elected officials. Remember, not
everyone can be brought over to our way of seeing this
issue, even though it revolves around a civil right.
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.