From our friends at Illinois Carry.

Witness Slips Filed Prior to 3/1/2015 Must be Filed Again

In our call to action this week, we add 10 new bills to the existing ten bills from last week. Since none of the previously listed bills were heard in committee, witness slips filed for those hearings no longer apply and will need to be redone.

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GSL Comment:  Once you create your account at the Illinois General Assembly Dashboard, you are basically two clicks away from submitting a witness slip.  For our piece on the great importance and significance of those “electronic” witness slips, see our story GUN RIGHTS ACTIVISM MADE EASY: Witness slips.



HB148 Lost & Stolen FirearmsOPPONENT
Illinois law has required FOID Card holders, but not persons illegally in possession of firearms, to report lost or stolen firearms since the Gun Safety and Responsibility Act became law effective 8/9/2013. HB148 seeks to deny otherwise law abiding citizens their right to own firearms via FOID revocation and felony conviction.

HB265 Firearm Protect OrderOPPONENT
There are many forms of protection order available to the courts in Illinois, from granting occupancy of the family home to giving custody of the family pet to one spouse or another. Of the tools available to a judge a firearm protection order, as it currently exists in law, is one of the most important when determined necessary by a court of competent jurisdiction.

HB265 proposes to subvert the judicial discretion so necessary to our system of governance by prohibiting the subject of an order of protection from purchasing or transporting a firearm, even when that order is simply in regard to animals, property, and a number of other orders unrelated to a physical threat against the petitioner.

While enough to oppose on its own merits, HB265 also creates a frightening potential synergy when taken in context with HB399 Protection Order Issuance. Though not the subject of the current call to action HB399 proposes to empower the States Attorney, and courts on their own motion, to impose an order of protection on behalf of a petitioner even against the petitioner’s wishes. This combination of ill conceived legislation, both bad in their own right, establishes an untenable system of potential rights denial under the most unusual of circumstances.

HB359 Firearm Concealed Carry SignsOPPONENT
Inverts the signage requirement. Establishes a precedent of allowing private property owners to passively deny the exercise of all civil rights under color of law.

HB419 Firearm Concealed Carry Prohibit PlaceOPPONENT
Adds places licensed under the Video Gaming Act as prohibited locations, including fraternal & veterans establishments, and truck stops, whether or not alcohol is served. Changes privilege to post a location any person lawfully in possession and control. Changes private residences to presumptively prohibited.

HB1405 FOID Act Private SalesOPPONENT
Prohibits private sales of concealable firearms

HB1442 Firearm Concealed Carry BarOPPONENT
Prohibits carry at any establishment serving liquor. Establishes penalties for failure to post.

HB1467 3D Firearms ProhibitOPPONENT
Prohibits use of printers for firearm manufacture

HR140 Urge GA Explosive LawOPPONENT
Urges the General Assembly to adopt a law similar to Virginia Code Title 18.2, Chapter 5, Section 18.2-85


HB319 Concealed Carry Parking LotPROPONENT
Removes dangerous unloading requirement from safe harbor parking lot provision

HB367 Concealed Carry Public TransitPROPONENT
Removes the carry prohibition on public transportation

HB433 Wildlife Use of SuppressorsPROPONENT
Removes the prohibition on hunting with a suppressor

HB481 Concealed Carry Rest AreaPROPONENT
Permits a licensee to carry in rest areas

HB482 FOID & Crim Cd Concealed CarryPROPONENT
Permits firearms transfers to a person displaying a valid FOID or FCCL

HB483 Crim Cd Firearm Waiting PeriodPROPONENT
Eliminates the waiting period for persons licensed under the FCCA

HB1411 FOID Possess Conceal Carry LicensePROPONENT
Elimates need to physically posses a FOID when an FCCL is physically possessed

HB1427 Concealed Carry GatheringPROPONENT
Eliminates the prohibition on carry at a public gathering or special event

HB1428 Concealed Carry DOT Rest AreaPROPONENT
Permits a licensee to carry in rest areas

HB1435 Concealed Carry Privacy – PROPONENT
Limits privacy waiver to determining license qualification

HB1447 FOID & Crim Cd Firearms & Ammo – PROPONENT
Elimates need to physically posses a FOID when an FCCL is physically possessed, including stun guns

HB1457 Concealed Carry Cook County ForestPROPONENT
Eliminates prohibition on carry in Cook County Forest Preserves

4 thoughts on “ACTION ITEM: Witness slip round-up, refile those filed before March 1”
  1. How late can you file a slip? I noticed that the hearings started today at 2:30 PM. I saw John’s call to action after the posted start times, and filed my slips anyway – luckily they were counted! Can we get updates as to whether the bills are heard in committee on a given day, and if we need to refile? I would hate to miss a chance to file a slip!

  2. I really don’t know. I just filed mine this afternoon as well.

    Like most, I’m still new to this electronic witness slip adventure, but loving it nevertheless!


  3. You have to watch the schedule every day, as Committee hearings are rescheduled quite frequently. Even if the Committee hearing is held, a particular Bill that was scheduled may not be called. So check every day and let your voice be heard.

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