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ALERT: Attempted Illinois gun grab *without* any due process (submit witness slips!)

March 12, 2017

Chicago Tribune photo

The anti-gunners not funded by Bloomberg sound increasingly desperate to keep their doors open and meet their payrolls.  They need a win in their quixotic quest to saddle the good guys with more gun control.  No win means fewer income dollars.  That means more layoffs.  This year, they think they have a winner in the Lethal Violence Order of Protection.

Otherwise known as the "Disarm your abused spouse so she can't fight back" law, or the "mother-in-law's revenge" act, the bill would strip gun owners of their Second Amendment rights without ANY due process.  In short, it's B.S.  Sadly, too many low-information politicians would support just such a measure.  No matter that this bill is a problematic solution in search of a problem.  Dangerous people can be disarmed under existing statutes.

Check out the Witness Slip link after the ISRA's write up on this onerous trainwreck proposal.

From the Illinois State Rifle Association…






The gun-grabbers in the Illinois General Assembly are moving full speed ahead with their plans to empty your gun safe.  This time, they're hiding behind the important social issue of "domestic violence" to justify their attacks on your right to keep and bear arms.

HB2354, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison,  (217) 782-3374), would allow any family member of yours swear out a "Lethal Violence Order of Protection (LeVOOP)" against you.  Once the LeVOOP is sworn out on you, your FOID will be revoked as well as your carry permit and then your local police will be forced to come confiscate your guns and ammunition.

So, what justification would your family(s) member need to be successful in getting a LeVOOP sworn out on you?  The answer is simple, they only must "think" that you are dangerous.  To get LeVOOP-ed, you don't have to commit any overt act such as smacking someone, boosting a liquor store, or baying at the moon naked on a street corner.  No, all you must do is have a relative think you are "dangerous" and YOUR GUNS ARE GONE.

If your meddlesome mother-in-law thinks you made a "dangerous" choice for President last year – your guns are gone.

If your spoiled kid thinks you're "dangerous" for not buying him that new video game that he wants – your guns are gone.

If your slacker brother-in-law thinks that you're "dangerous" just for owning guns, he can get you LeVOOP-ed and your guns are gone.

HB2354 is a prime example of a dangerous new tactic being deployed by the gun-grabbers.  They have failed miserably so far in outright gun bans, so now they're seeking to greatly expand the envelope of "prohibited persons" while shrinking the envelope of what constitutes a "lawful gun owner."  

Latching on to emotional social issues as cover, the gun-grabbers will use unfounded suspicion as a tool to dismantle our Constitution.  And, in the end, the grabbers will just shrug their shoulders and tell you that it is your fault that you lost your guns – not theirs.


1.  Contact your State Representative and politely tell him/her that you are a law-abiding gun owner and that you expect them to vote against HB2354 should the bill come to a vote.  To verify who your State Representative is, use the lookup apps available at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. (click here)

2. HB2354 is scheduled for a hearing before the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee on Tuesday, March 14th. The members of the Judiciary – Criminal Committee are listed below. If you want to save your gun rights, call each of the representatives listed below at their Springfield and District offices and politely tell them that you are a lawful gun owner and you oppose HB2354. Start calling and emailing the committee members on Monday, March 13th. 

  1. Rep. Elgie Sims, (217) 782-6476, (773) 783-8800, esims@repelgiesims34.com
  2. Rep. Kelly Cassidy, (217) 782-8088, (773) 784-2002, repcassidy@gmail.com 
  3. Rep. Brian Stewart, (217) 782-8186, (815) 232-0774, repstewart@gmail.com
  4. Rep. Terri Bryant, (217) 782-0387, (618) 242-8115, staterepterribryant@gmail.com 
  5. Rep. John Cabello, (217) 782-0455, (815) 282-0083, cabello@ilhousegop.org   
  6. Rep. Will Guzzardi, (217) 782-1032, (773) 227-9720, will@repguzzardi.com  
  7. Rep. Rita Mayfield, (217) 782-1012, (847) 599-2800, 60thdistrict@gmail.com 
  8. Rep. Christian Mitchell, (217) 782-2023, (773) 924-1755, MitchellDistrict26@att.net 
  9. Rep. Elaine Nekritz, (217) 558-1004, (847) 229-5499,enekritz@repnekritz.org
  10. Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, (217) 782-5981, (815) 523-7779, parkhurst@ilhousegop.org 
  11. Rep. Justin Slaughter, (217) 782-0010, (773) 445-9700,slaughterj@ilga.gov 
  12. Rep. Juliana Stratton, (217) 782-4535, (312) 291-9443,repstratton5@gmail.com 
  13. Rep. Barbara Wheeler, (217) 782-1664, (847) 973-0064,wheeler@ilhousegop.org 

3.  Pass this alert on to all your friends and family and have them make calls too.

4.  Post this alert to any and all Internet blogs, bulletin boards, and social media sites to which you belong.


Witness Slips:

File a witness slip in opposition to this farce.


HB2354 Lethal Order of Protection – OPPOSE 

19 Responses to ALERT: Attempted Illinois gun grab *without* any due process (submit witness slips!)

  1. JM on March 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I just checked, and for the first time ever on one of these, the other side has outnumbered us on witness slips    Call your friends!

  2. Steve on March 13, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Need are weapons protected from this shit

  3. Kevin Hanink on March 13, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Vote no on HB2354

  4. Patrick Peterson on March 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    3/13/17 @ 12:45 – we are behind on the slip count.  Where is everybody?

    • Jk on March 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      What is it???

      • Patrick Peterson on March 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm

        JK, as of 4:25 PM 3/13/17 – Proponents 906;  Opponents 599.

  5. Jim Small on March 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    The lack of due process will allow misuse of this idea. Of course, truly violent people need to be vetted to make sure that weapons are not readily available to them, but to just take the word of someone who might be the problem or just upset at the person accused is totally not only wrong, but unconstitutional.

    Vote NO on HB2354.

    • John on March 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      I moved out of that state in june… I suggest you think about doing the same

  6. Lou on March 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    What a piss poor turnout by the 2a community, this is embarassing !  where is ISRA,SAF,NRA and the rest ?  We cant get 2500-3000?

    • jboch on March 15, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      ISRA and NRA both sent out email alerts.

      The committee was stacked STRONGLY against us, so GSL didn't get too riled up about it.

      I thought it particularly curious that Mike and Valinda Rowe, lobbyists for Illinois Carry (but no longer ISRA) did not file witness slips in opposition to this or the worst of the other anti-gun bills.

      Curious indeed as to why that was.

      And while the NRA-ILA, Guns Save Life, ISRA, the NSSF, IFMA and everyone else on our team were present at the Lethal Violence Order hearing, Illinois Carry was conspicuously absent from that hearing as well.

      Things that make you go hmmm.


  7. Michael Lee Atkinson on March 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    This is ridiculous, but i am not surprised by our states democrates who are on a never ending quest to take our guns….

  8. William A Harrison on March 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I have submitted my opposition to HB 2354, SB1291 & SB1657.

    If you are reading this thread and have not yet submitted a witness slip, PLEASE do so.

    Thank you, 


    • Proud Deplorable on March 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Witness slips sent along with an email to each of the 13 reps on the committee.

      Bill and John, the importance of witness slips should be stressed at all of the regional meetings along with instructions for those who don't know how.

  9. Bill1 on March 14, 2017 at 1:21 am


    *If your slacker brother-in-law thinks that you're "dangerous" just for owning guns, he can get you LeVOOP-ed and your guns are gone.

    I have such a person in my family. Doesnt think anyone should own an AR15!

  10. Bo on March 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Did my witness slips. We need to keep up the fight against those that are ahainst the 2A.


  11. david richards on March 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    fuck you gun grabbing bastards

  12. Patrick Peterson on March 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Our side did not show up for witness slips.  We were short by about 500 of breaking even. Roughly 2500 proponents to 2000 opponents  It was passed out of committee.  

  13. Bill1 on March 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Old FOID card law being used against gun owners again is it?


  14. markthesignguy on March 15, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    The committee was stacked against gun owners. The result was not unexpected. Vote of 8 – 4 most likely around party lines, with 8 northeastern metro area democrats and 5 republicans. Couldn’t find a vote tally, just a count. Four of the dems were co-sponsors before the committee hearing, and they picked up simms after the hearing as a Chief co-sponsor.