The Illinois State Police have announced the three hearings they’re holding at the direction of the Illinois Joint Commission on Administrative Rules.  They’re coming up in less than two weeks.

Folks, you need to go.  Give ’em hell for the vagueness issue.  Read them the riot act on how the law conflicts with the Rule of Law and Supreme Court precedent.  Ask them if they plan on doing home visits!  Remember, probably 95-98% of cops in Illinois oppose this law.  They don’t like how it disarms their family members just like it does for us and ours.  Who supports it?  The senior administration, oftentimes political appointees or promoted by political appointees.  That and young cops looking to get a promotion from those political hacks at the top.  So don’t harangue the “beat cops” in the Illinois State Police too much.

But those in senior positions at ISP?  If they’re going to toe the line, let them know what you think.  Feel free to make them squirm.  They need to internalize just how vigorously this law is hated and opposed by the productive members of society.

From the ISP website.

On January 10, 2023, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Public Act 102-1116, the Protect Illinois Communities Act (Act). The Act regulates the sale and distribution of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and switches in Illinois. The Act went into effect immediately upon signing. Individuals who possessed assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and other devices listed in the Act before it took effect are required to submit an endorsement affidavit through their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card account.

The Illinois State Police is holding three public hearings on the Protect Illinois Communities Act proposed rule. The hearings are scheduled at the following locations, but can also be heard via WebEx. Persons wishing to speak at the public hearing must do so in person and must submit a completed witness slip.

For more information, click here.


Thursday, November 2, 2023
9:30 a.m., Room D1 of the Stratton Building, 401 Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62704

Interestingly, this room holds about 100 people.  I think they’re off by an order of magnitude, but I suspect it won’t matter as they’ll cut it off before even fifty people can offer the ISP a piece of their mind about this new law.   So bring a (small) sign.

Greg Bishop covered it at The Center Square:

(The Center Square) – Three public hearings will be conducted by Illinois State Police to hear comments and take questions about the state’s banned firearms registry. The first is scheduled for a room in Springfield that seats less than 100. Gun rights advocates say that’s not going to be near enough.

As part of Illinois’ gun and magazine ban enacted earlier this year, those who previously owned the now-banned firearms must register them by Jan. 1, 2024, or potentially face criminal penalties. Tuesday, a legislative panel recommended Illinois State Police provide better definitions of what’s required to be registered and to hold three public hearings.

“ISP already has one public hearing scheduled regarding the Protecting Illinois Communities Act rule and is working to schedule two additional hearings,” an agency spokesperson said.

The first hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, inside Room D1 of the Stratton Building at the capitol complex in Springfield. While a total fire code occupancy limit for that room could not be found by several sources Wednesday, one source counted 87 public chairs.

Dan Eldridge with Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois said a small committee room for such a big issue makes no sense.

“I expect that attendance at these hearings is going to be well in excess of what they can fit into that room,” Eldridge told The Center Square. “These rules are serious business. There’s compliance risk for [federal firearms licensees]. There’s compliance risk for manufacturers and customers and gun owners. We’re talking about possible felony charges.”


Friday, November 3, 2023
9:30 a.m., Room C-600 of the Bilandic Building, 160 N. La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Perfect.  An opportunity to get carjacked or robbed in downtown Chicago.

Oh, River North is okay you say?  Yeah, I invite you to visit CWB Chicago and type “River North” into the search bar.


Monday, November 6, 2023
9:30 a.m., Caseyville Community Center at Village Hall, 909 South Main Street, Caseyville, IL 62232

Perfect… they chose a suburb of St. Louis and not something more centrally located like Marion or Mt. Vernon.

The good news is that there will be room for more than 100.  The bad new is you won’t all have a chance to speak, so bring a sign, my friends.  Bring a sign with black text on a neon background to communicate your message to the ISP and any pols present.  If you want to go larger than 8.5×11, Walmart has some foam-core with neon colors for just a few bucks.  Hold those up during the meeting for the hearing participants and the media.


I’d suggest:








F*CK YOU.  F*CK NO.  F*CK OFF.  In fact, you can download that one…

Please, feel free to chime in with your own thoughts for signs in comments!

5 thoughts on “DATES SET! IL State Police releases ‘hearing’ dates and locations related to the so-called ‘Protect IL Communities Act’… give ’em hell, folks!”
  1. Don’t harangue the beat cops too much? JBoch have you talked to ANYONE in Illinois since January 10?? I swear talking to a Republican/ISP apologist is like talking to a Martian. They appear to have NO IDEA how people feel about this law on this place on earth known as Illinois. While people continue to support their sheriff provided they aren’t from one of the handful of counties enforcing this, those same people DO NOT trust any given state trooper……….as in your beat cops or rank and file cops. Sure by far most cops don’t like this law but to hang your hat and future as a non-felon on that is naive beyond belief! The cops you give a pass to are the ones who will ruin your life for a paycheck. I’m sure they may not enjoy enforcing the law but when told to they’ll throw the average person under the bus in a second to keep their jobs. THE LAST THING we need is for supposed pro-2A people finding excuses for the troops on the ground who will be the one with the handcuffs. I thought GSL was a beacon of hope for an Illinois based gun rights group but now I’ve given that up. We need Gun Owners of America in here. They are for the 2A period! Not the system. Not making apologetic gullible excuses for the ones who will do material harm on the public. That is the troopers on the street. This is like talking to a wall. Battered wife syndrome runs freely here. No wonder IL is the shit state that it is.

    1. Everything you said is correct Travis but my question is what makes you seem so shocked at this? It’s not like people making excuses for the ones harming them is anything new. Look at the medical industry. Heathcare has been turned into an oxymoron. How many doctors out there said the covid “vaccine” for one, was a vaccine and two, said it’s good or works? MOST! They want to keep their paycheck and are willing to harm people to get it – just like the state troopers who are the rank and file or beat cops. Almost everyone now knows someone who got the “vaccine” then ended up diabetic or with some new heart problem. Even the nurse practitioner’s assistants who are new in the industry are willing to LIE to patients when the patient says a mask brings down their oxygen levels to unsafe levels. They don’t want to acknowledge that the industry of their choosing is HURTING people. People wear masks alone in the car, as in, willing to suffocate themselves for the cause. The “right” or Republicans whatever you call it can’t get past their police worship to the point they are willing to sacrifice their own interests to the point of felony convictions. Good points Travis. Just don’t act so bewildered about people claiming to be for the second amendment while simultaneously cheering on the ones who are out to destroy it.

  2. I have more faith in the Illinois State Police rank and file than Travis does. But I certainly respect his viewpoint. Yes, while most Troopers will probably do the right thing, there’s far too many who will do the wrong thing and break their oath over a dental plan and a pension.

    Does that mean I won’t help one if I see a bad guy winning a fight on the side of the road? No. Not yet anyway.

    But I’m not as pro-police as I was ten years ago, that’s for sure.

  3. I’m getting to be an old man, but I still would like to keep my AR-15. It’s a lot friendlier to my old bones than my 12 gauge.

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