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January 04, 2013
Two Gun Ban Bills Stall in Illinois - 10

The state Legislature in Illinois is scrambling to pass two bills that would restrict semi-automatic guns and high-capacity magazines before its session runs out on Jan. 9. The Senate was expected to vote on these bills yesterday, but Democrats pulled the vote in face of mounting opposition.

One of the bills would restrict the possession, delivery, sale, and transfer of semi-automatic rifles and handguns. The NRA says this ban would take 50 percent of guns off the market in Illinois, according to the Quad City Times.

"I've never seen a piece of legislation that tramples on so many court decisions," NRA Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde told Foxnews.com.

Opponents of the bill say it's the assault weapons ban "on steroids."

The second bill would limit magazines to 10 rounds or fewer.

The two pieces of legislation have run into plenty of opposition from state and national gun rights groups. On the other side, Illinois House and Senate Democrats support the bills along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Both bills made it out of committee with votes down party lines.

From Foxnews.com: "The mayor of one of the most gun-controlled cities in the country, praised the committee passage and says even stronger regulations are required to protect communities. He added that there is a need 'for common-sense laws that provide the residents of our cities with the safety they deserve.'"

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

We are a nation that was built by hunters & warriors, not sheep herders. We all saw this gun ban coming back in 2008 so why not stand up to these control freaks trying to bring America crashing down. Stop acting scared & stop giving up inches to traitors, there shipping machine guns to Mexican drug dealers, there shipping machine guns to terrorist in Syria & there telling us we don't have the same rights as these criminals. If they want to send in UN troops to disarm us, I say let them try it so we can show the world how Americans can kick some A$$!! DJH

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Latest email from the NRA

Illinois: Votes Suspended in Senate—Anti-Gun Action Shifts to State House on Sunday

Anti-Gunners Seek to Exploit Tragedy to Advance their Anti-Freedom Agenda to Ban and Register Guns and Magazines – Contact your state Representative TODAY

Yesterday when Senate President John Cullerton was unable to garner thirty votes in the Illinois Senate to pass legislation banning firearms and magazines, he postponed the floor votes on these bills until next week. Now Governor Patrick Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have shifted their anti-gun focus to the state House of Representatives in an attempt to ban your guns and magazines during the Lame Duck session on Sunday through Tuesday.

As a way of distracting attention from his failure to control and reduce out-of-control violent crime in Chicago, Emanuel is once again actively seeking to restrict your Second Amendment rights. Emanuel is infamous for saying “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Convenience should never be used as a factor. No time should ever be considered a good time to attack the law-abiding public and strip it of its rights and civil liberties. As previously reported here, the Illinois Senate recently attempted and continues to try to pass two extreme anti-gun bills which, if enacted, will ban, tax and require registration for semi-automatic firearms or detachable magazines, impose severe restrictions on shooting ranges and create a myriad of new laws that will easily turn an entire class of law-abiding citizens into felons. After their efforts stalled yesterday in the Illinois Senate, thanks to your efforts to call and e-mail your state Senators, it appears that Emanuel and Quinn are still hell-bent on exploiting recent tragedies to achieve their goal of making YOU a felon by shifting their anti-gun focus to the state House. So they are now looking to introduce similar gun and magazine ban registration language in the House when it convenes on Sunday for the last few days of their lame duck session. It is critical that you call your state Representative TODAY and respectfully demand that he or she oppose any and all anti-gun initiatives and stand up for your rights!

While details are still emerging as to the particulars of this legislation, one thing is for certain: Anti-gun politicians are attempting to sacrifice your constitutional rights as a scapegoat for the criminal acts of violence in Chicago by gangs and drug dealers. While it might be convenient right now, it is irresponsible for these anti-gun politicians to launch an attack on your rights as a consolation prize just because they lost in their attempts to flout the Constitution and deny Illinois citizens their right to keep and bear arms.

They may not have not achieved success in courts or in the Senate thus far, but they are still determined to go after your rights. Don’t let them succeed in banning your firearms or magazines as an excuse for stopping criminals and lunatics from misusing them. Criminals—by definition—violate laws, especially gun control laws, including often: murder, rape, robbery, drug-dealing, gang violence, firearm theft, carrying concealed firearms without a license/permit, federal gun-free school zones. They do not obey gun bans, register their firearms, or get subjected to any gun control schemes (like the lone state ban on carrying concealed firearms for self-defense) that only affect and penalize law-abiding citizens like you. Your telephone calls TODAY to your state Representatives will determine the outcome of this very serious assault on your Second Amendment rights.

The NRA-ILA will continue to send legislative updates as details become available. However, it is of the utmost importance that you act NOW to stop this gun and magazine ban. Call your state Representative IMMEDIATELY and respectfully express your opposition to banning firearms or magazines, and urge them to vote against any and all measures that do so.

To reach the main line for the Illinois General Assembly, please call 217-782-2000.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

As I am writing this, the Illinois House is meeting and trying to ram through the same kind of bill over the weekend. Go to heartlandoutdoors dot com to read about it. If I type in the web address it won't let me post beacuse of spam.

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from Adam Locascio wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I do not live in IL or anywhere close to it. I have to say as an objective observer, when I read the details of that proposed IL gun ban, it honestly sounded like a joke. It really did read like a prank that someone was trying to pull on the people of IL. It was no more preposterous that saying we're going to take every single toilet stall out of every public bathroom in the state because we want to see what you're doing when you're in the bathroom. It was THAT obnoxious.

I read that more people die from gun violence in Chicago then they do in Afghanistan. How's your gun control working for you up there?

Puerto Rico wants to become a state. I say, let's hand IL over to Canada and bring in PR.... that way, we don't even have to change the flag. If you like America, come down here to FL. We have beaches and gun laws that actually RESPECT the Constitution.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I can honestly say I'm ashamed to live here...

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Twentyfive years ago, we had three State Assemblyman put in a bill, to ban bowhunting in New Jersey. The bill never got out of the Assembly Committee, and was shot down five votes to zero.
Those "three blind mice" politicians signed that stupid bill just to please, the Bambi Lovers.
This is why sportsmen, gun owners and hunters need Lobbyists, watching every move politicians make, in your State House or the Capitol Building.

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from sangcoacc wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I, too, am a resident. Born and raised here. There is no fix for Illinois. Liberals are in control with solid majorities in both chambers of our General Assembly. I think we will be the template for a National gun ban in the very near future. I've never seriously considered moving to another state....until now.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Too bad we can't just push Chicago and everything in it into Lake Michigan.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I live in Illinois, not in Chicago the good part. Bowhunting & fishing is comparable to the rest of the states. Guns in general are not. Illinois is in trouble on many different fronts. Business & people are fleeing. I live on the east side & tons are leaving for Indiana. The Chicago machine has the toughest gun laws and regulations in the nation, however 5 people have been murdered with guns this year already, following a record year of over 500. I vote, I am a member of the NRA and I make phone calls. I however do not try to understand anymore.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The amazing thingvto me is that Chicago's police don't want you to have a firearm to protect your home. But they know full well that they cannot protect you, your family, or your property. Sounds fair doesn't it? When seconds count the police are only moments away.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Too bad we can't just push Chicago and everything in it into Lake Michigan.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The amazing thingvto me is that Chicago's police don't want you to have a firearm to protect your home. But they know full well that they cannot protect you, your family, or your property. Sounds fair doesn't it? When seconds count the police are only moments away.

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from sangcoacc wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I, too, am a resident. Born and raised here. There is no fix for Illinois. Liberals are in control with solid majorities in both chambers of our General Assembly. I think we will be the template for a National gun ban in the very near future. I've never seriously considered moving to another state....until now.

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from Adam Locascio wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I do not live in IL or anywhere close to it. I have to say as an objective observer, when I read the details of that proposed IL gun ban, it honestly sounded like a joke. It really did read like a prank that someone was trying to pull on the people of IL. It was no more preposterous that saying we're going to take every single toilet stall out of every public bathroom in the state because we want to see what you're doing when you're in the bathroom. It was THAT obnoxious.

I read that more people die from gun violence in Chicago then they do in Afghanistan. How's your gun control working for you up there?

Puerto Rico wants to become a state. I say, let's hand IL over to Canada and bring in PR.... that way, we don't even have to change the flag. If you like America, come down here to FL. We have beaches and gun laws that actually RESPECT the Constitution.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

We are a nation that was built by hunters & warriors, not sheep herders. We all saw this gun ban coming back in 2008 so why not stand up to these control freaks trying to bring America crashing down. Stop acting scared & stop giving up inches to traitors, there shipping machine guns to Mexican drug dealers, there shipping machine guns to terrorist in Syria & there telling us we don't have the same rights as these criminals. If they want to send in UN troops to disarm us, I say let them try it so we can show the world how Americans can kick some A$$!! DJH

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Twentyfive years ago, we had three State Assemblyman put in a bill, to ban bowhunting in New Jersey. The bill never got out of the Assembly Committee, and was shot down five votes to zero.
Those "three blind mice" politicians signed that stupid bill just to please, the Bambi Lovers.
This is why sportsmen, gun owners and hunters need Lobbyists, watching every move politicians make, in your State House or the Capitol Building.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I can honestly say I'm ashamed to live here...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I live in Illinois, not in Chicago the good part. Bowhunting & fishing is comparable to the rest of the states. Guns in general are not. Illinois is in trouble on many different fronts. Business & people are fleeing. I live on the east side & tons are leaving for Indiana. The Chicago machine has the toughest gun laws and regulations in the nation, however 5 people have been murdered with guns this year already, following a record year of over 500. I vote, I am a member of the NRA and I make phone calls. I however do not try to understand anymore.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

As I am writing this, the Illinois House is meeting and trying to ram through the same kind of bill over the weekend. Go to heartlandoutdoors dot com to read about it. If I type in the web address it won't let me post beacuse of spam.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Latest email from the NRA

Illinois: Votes Suspended in Senate—Anti-Gun Action Shifts to State House on Sunday

Anti-Gunners Seek to Exploit Tragedy to Advance their Anti-Freedom Agenda to Ban and Register Guns and Magazines – Contact your state Representative TODAY

Yesterday when Senate President John Cullerton was unable to garner thirty votes in the Illinois Senate to pass legislation banning firearms and magazines, he postponed the floor votes on these bills until next week. Now Governor Patrick Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have shifted their anti-gun focus to the state House of Representatives in an attempt to ban your guns and magazines during the Lame Duck session on Sunday through Tuesday.

As a way of distracting attention from his failure to control and reduce out-of-control violent crime in Chicago, Emanuel is once again actively seeking to restrict your Second Amendment rights. Emanuel is infamous for saying “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Convenience should never be used as a factor. No time should ever be considered a good time to attack the law-abiding public and strip it of its rights and civil liberties. As previously reported here, the Illinois Senate recently attempted and continues to try to pass two extreme anti-gun bills which, if enacted, will ban, tax and require registration for semi-automatic firearms or detachable magazines, impose severe restrictions on shooting ranges and create a myriad of new laws that will easily turn an entire class of law-abiding citizens into felons. After their efforts stalled yesterday in the Illinois Senate, thanks to your efforts to call and e-mail your state Senators, it appears that Emanuel and Quinn are still hell-bent on exploiting recent tragedies to achieve their goal of making YOU a felon by shifting their anti-gun focus to the state House. So they are now looking to introduce similar gun and magazine ban registration language in the House when it convenes on Sunday for the last few days of their lame duck session. It is critical that you call your state Representative TODAY and respectfully demand that he or she oppose any and all anti-gun initiatives and stand up for your rights!

While details are still emerging as to the particulars of this legislation, one thing is for certain: Anti-gun politicians are attempting to sacrifice your constitutional rights as a scapegoat for the criminal acts of violence in Chicago by gangs and drug dealers. While it might be convenient right now, it is irresponsible for these anti-gun politicians to launch an attack on your rights as a consolation prize just because they lost in their attempts to flout the Constitution and deny Illinois citizens their right to keep and bear arms.

They may not have not achieved success in courts or in the Senate thus far, but they are still determined to go after your rights. Don’t let them succeed in banning your firearms or magazines as an excuse for stopping criminals and lunatics from misusing them. Criminals—by definition—violate laws, especially gun control laws, including often: murder, rape, robbery, drug-dealing, gang violence, firearm theft, carrying concealed firearms without a license/permit, federal gun-free school zones. They do not obey gun bans, register their firearms, or get subjected to any gun control schemes (like the lone state ban on carrying concealed firearms for self-defense) that only affect and penalize law-abiding citizens like you. Your telephone calls TODAY to your state Representatives will determine the outcome of this very serious assault on your Second Amendment rights.

The NRA-ILA will continue to send legislative updates as details become available. However, it is of the utmost importance that you act NOW to stop this gun and magazine ban. Call your state Representative IMMEDIATELY and respectfully express your opposition to banning firearms or magazines, and urge them to vote against any and all measures that do so.

To reach the main line for the Illinois General Assembly, please call 217-782-2000.

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