UPDATE at end of this post…
We have it on good authority that House Speaker Michael Madigan will allow leftist Chicago Democrats an opportunity to pass the same legislative language recently “postponed” in the Illinois Senate for a lack of votes for passage.
The Illinois House will take up the measures Sunday evening at 5:00pm when they convene.
The gun-grabbing statists surely have a tentative headcount indicating they believe they can pass the measure or they wouldn’t be bringing it up for a needless embarrassing defeat.
No doubt they are hoping that if they can sneak it through the Illinois House on Sunday night when people are thinking about football or family instead of their civil rights, that perhaps the currently absent Illinois Senate members supportive of the measure will have returned in time to hold a vote to pass the measure in the Senate as well.
What to do?
It’s time to warm up their phone lines. Start calling today.
Start off by calling House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office. Melt his phone lines with calls.
Here’s Madigan’s office number in Springfield: (217) 782-5350
If his voicemail is full, call his district office here: (773) 581-8000
Let them know: We oppose restrictions on our firearm civil rights. We oppose gun bans, mag bans, and range restrictions.
After calling Madigan’s office, call your local State Representative. Don’t have the number handy? We can help. Click here.
Friday, Jan 4, 2013
* The Senate Democratic leadership did not have a good week…
On guns, the Senate Wednesday advanced out of committee two bills that would ban an array of automatic and semi-automatic weapons plus the ammunition they need to operate.
But the measures withered under a furious pushback from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates, who told the Sun-Times Thursday that neither measure had more than 27 or 28 votes in the Senate, shy of the 30 needed for passage.
Cullerton acknowledged the votes weren’t there for either gun bill but said “we learned about potential ways to enhance those bills. Those bills, of course, will be taken up in the next General Assembly.”
Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, said the failure to call the gun bills also was because some supporters were absent.
“The reality is, in order to get it passed, we have to have people in their seats,” he said.
Gun rights supporters said the assault weapons ban, as written, would outlaw the sale of far more guns than military-style assault weapons. A second bill to ban the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines would be unworkable, they said.
* But it’s not over. yet House staff has reportedly contacted the NRA to let them know that Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Emanuel will attempt to push a gun and magazine ban when the chamber reconvenes for the lame duck session this coming Sunday.
Senate President Cullerton has said he will call his chamber back on Tuesday if there’s anything to do. But attendance issues are going to be a problem then as well.
…Adding… IR has ISRA’s take on the Senate proposals…
– The Illinois State Police would be given full control over the design and operation of commercial gun ranges in the state. That control would extend from the design of the bullet backstops to qualifications of range employees and even to the color of the paint on the walls of the men’s room. The State Police would determine the hours of operation, what types and calibers of firearms could be discharged at the range, and even a minimum number of square feet. Every range customer would have to undergo a background check and each customer’s visit would be logged by the range operator. Any Illinois law enforcement agency could conduct unannounced and warrantless inspections and searches of ranges at any time. Those searches and inspections would extend to range customers and their property. That means that the Chicago Police Department would have the authority to raid a range in Peoria and roust the customers of that range. The bottom line is, this range regulation proposal has the sole objective of running commercial shooting ranges out of business. We had never seen anything like this before, but the intent was clear.
– All semi-automatic firearms would be either banned outright, or be so severely taxed and restricted that ownership would be impractical. We expected to see attempts to ban or regulate AR and AK type firearms, but what we saw in Cullerton’s proposal carried that to an extreme. Cullerton’s gun ban would extend to all semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns. Additionally, many pump action rifles and shotguns would be banned as well. This ban would include such classics as the 1911 and the M1 Garand. Of course, all Glocks, Sig-Sauers, and other popular pistols would be banned as well. Estimates are that about 50% of rifles and 80% of handguns lawfully-owned by Illinois citizens would be subject to ban and confiscation under the Cullerton gun ban.
– A bizarre and convoluted scheme to register all “ammunition feeding devices” capable of holding more than 10 rounds – including magazines, stripper clips, drums, etc. Since none of these devices possess serial numbers, owners of these devices would essentially register them under the “honor system.” Of course, we all know how well criminals stick to the honor system.
Senate Bill 2899 (click here) seems to be the one in play for the Illinois House come Sunday evening.
Here’s the House Amendment that’s in question… (Click here) it’s a doozy and they are slowly learning from past mistakes.
Each call you make, each witness slip you submit, is another snowflake in this monumental pushback by Illinois gun owners against this Draconian move to disarm your family from violent attack.
Also worth noting, the dark side is also encouraging their useful idiots to make calls to demand legislators limit their own civil liberties. (Gullible idiots, perhaps?) Direct cut and paste. All errors retained.
Hi all! Greetings from Nicole Anderson Cobb, ICHV Outreach Coordinator in Central Illinois. There are many fast-moving events occurring within our state legislature regarding gun violence. PLEASE review the information below, SHARE WITH OTHERS and contact YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES AS SOON A POSSIBLE and let them know you support this legislation! Thanks in advance for your assistance! —NicoleTake Action NOW!!!Illinois House of Representatives to Vote to Ban Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines!
Call your State Representative and tell them to vote YES on SB2899
The Illinois House of Representatives will be considering legislation as soon as SUDNAY designed to save lives and protect Illinois residents from the types of massacres that took place in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO.
Please call your Representative NOW and tell them to vote YES on SB 2899!
Senate Bill 2899, sponsored by Representative Acevedo, will ban the possession and sale of military style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois. Recent mass shootings across the country have led to a groundswell of support for banning these weapons of mass destruction plaguing our community.
Gangbangers and drug dealers also use these assault weapons often times directly at law enforcement officials. They do not belong in our communities!!!
The Illinois Senate did not take up this important measure this week so the focus is now moved to the Illinois House. Please take a minute to call and urge your Representative to vote YES on this strong gun violence reduction policy that puts our safety first. Thank you!
As usual, the other side employs all sorts of half-truths and outright deception and obfuscation.
Weapons of mass destruction? Plaguing our community? Hammers kill more people than rifles.
The Illinois Senate didn’t take up this issue? Now, there’s wishful thinking!
Just another reason to make those calls just like people in Chicago vote: early and often!
Don’t be surprised if this bill passes the House Sunday night. Don’t panic. Just keep making phone calls to your Reps through Sunday and then call your Senator on Monday and Tuesday.
Here’s a list of representatives on the House Committee that will hear this proposal, thanks to our friends at the ISRA.
(Give them a call, but the outcome is likely to be a party-line split of Democrats for the gun bans and Republicans against…)
1. Rep. Elaine Nekritz,. (217) 558-1004 and (847) 257-0450
2. Rep. John Bradley, (217) 782-1051 and (618) 997-9697
3. Rep. Jill Tracy, (217) 782-8096 and (217) 223-0833
4. Rep. Michael Connelly, (217) 782-8028 and (630) 579-4848
5. Rep. Dwight Kay, (217) 782-8018 and (618) 307-9200
6. Rep. Lou Lang, (217) 782-1252 and (847) 673-1131
7. Rep. Sid Mathias, (217) 782-1664 and (847) 222-0061
8. Rep. André M. Thapedi, (217) 782-1702 and (773) 873-4444
9. Rep. Arthur Turner, (217) 782-8116 and (773) 277-4700
10. Rep. Ann Williams, (217) 782-2458 and (773) 880-9082
11. Rep. Michael Zalewski, (217) 782-5280 and (708) 442-6500