For weeks, Guns Save Life has promoted a Tuesday, October 29th Mini-IGOLD (Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day) event in Springfield. Well, behind the scenes, the Illinois State Rifle Association has been busy lining up some logistics.
Working together, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, Guns Save Life and the ISRA have planned this event for the second day of the 2019 Veto Session in the Illinois General Assembly.
Senate Bill 1966 *will* be in play during the veto session as Rep. Kathleen Willis (now part of the House Democrat leadership) and Senator Julie Morrison (best known for her pledge to simply confiscate America’s favorite rifle in future legislation) have had all summer to lobby Senators to support their bid to hike the cost of FOID cards and require electronic fingerprints for applicants (including renewals).
Not only that, but the bill would also end private firearm transfers in Illinois, making it a felony to transfer ownership of a gun without going through a dealer to do so.
Because of this, gun rights orgs have come together to hold an unprecedented, first-ever fall Mini-IGOLD event during the Veto Session.
Obviously, SB-1966 is within a tiny handful of votes from passage. Furthermore, big gun control will be out in force with paid activists and lobbyists, along with Moms Demand Action radicals to do last-minute lobbying to pass 1966.
Credit to Rich Pearson and the people at the Illinois State Rifle Association for lining up much of the logistics while GSL has relentlessly provided public promotion to gun owners.
We have rented the Auditorium in the Howlett Building. Meet there at 9am for a 9:30am legislative update. The room has a capacity of 300-400. If we have more than 300 or so (and we expect we will), we will cycle two or more relays of gun owners through the update.
From there, we’ll be visiting our State Senators hot and heavy. Press the flesh and encourage them to oppose SB-1966, and fingerprinting requirements for a Constitutional right.
Remind them how this proposed bill would create an undue burden on the poor, people of color and other disadvantaged people.
After visiting the offices of Senators, we’ll encourage our folks to hit the offices of their state representatives.
Wear your gun apparel. Guns Save Life wear, NRA, ISRA, IGOLD, IGOT, gun manufacturer apparel… (avoid camo and blaze orange, please). We want everyone to know you’re a gun owner.
Why gun apparel? Because those Moms Demand Action types feel “anxious” and “intimidated” around gun owners. And we want gun grabbers to know that gun owners are engaged and active in the process. And if they feel a little intimidated, well, that’s on them. Gun owners are the nicest people.