(Received: 05/29/2016, Posted: 05/29/2016)
ISRA Legislative alert
Movement on HB 1016 and SB 206
Things are moving swiftly in the Illinois General Assembly as we are down to the last scheduled days.
If you recall HB 1016 with Amendment #6 was voted down on Friday. It was expected to be called for a vote again today, but that did not happen. However the anti-gunners, the ARS, the Bloomberg Moms and others were combing the halls today trying to pick up votes for this thinly veiled attempt at curtailing your Second Amendment rights.
It is expected that it will be called for a House vote again tomorrow. Yes, you are reading it correctly, the Illinois General Assembly will be in session on Memorial Day.
There is no additional amendment, so there are no witness slips to be filed, but please call your Illinois State Representative and your Illinois State Senator tomorrow urging them not to support HB 1016.
SB 206 came out of the House Judiciary Criminal Committee hearing today on a favorable vote of 9 to 5. It will be back in committee soon to address the suppressor amendment to the bill, now House Amendment #2. This is a bill to allow suppressors in Illinois as long as there is NFA compliance, and to be able to use them while hunting with long arms.
At this point there is no committee hearing to fill out witness slips for, so please call your Illinois State Representative and your Illinois State Senator to urge their support of SB 206 as amended. There is a possibility that the bill number may change, so make sure that that your legislators know that you are in favor of suppressors in general.
Here are a couple of quick talking points for suppressors when you call your legislators:
- They can decrease noise complaints that are increasingly used as an excuse to close lands to hunting.
- They help prevent hearing loss among those hunting or accompanying.
If you do not know who your Illinois State Legislators are, please use the website of the Illinois State Board of Elections and access their lookup app for elected officials based on your street address and/or 9 digit zip code.
Thank you for giving this your attention during the holiday weekend.