(Received: 08/20/2016, Posted: 08/20/2016)
Witness Slips Needed Oppose SB2130
Witness Slips Needed
When the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA98-0063) was passed in 2013, negotiations involved agreed language removing the power of local government to arbitrarily define "assault weapons", and proceed to ban them. Every city, town, and village was given a 10 day opportunity to enact such bans, if desired, before the 10 day window closed.
This important protection is now being challenged by SB2130 FOID - Assault Weapon. This bill, if passed, would allow an ever growing patchwork of municipal ordinance where firearms can be defined differently from place to place, and banned in some locations while not being banned in others. The resulting confusion is an invitation to the unnecessary prosecution of citizens known to be law abiding here, but re-labeled as criminals "over there".
This violates not only the protections afforded us under the Second Amendment but, as importantly, the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteeing each of us equal protection under the law.
Illinois' rate of incarceration is already among the highest in the world, by some reports surpassing that of Iran. This bill must be opposed.
Please file slips opposing this bill now!
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SB2130 FOID Assault Weapon - OPPOSE
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