The first of three public hearings on the so-called Protect Illinois Communities Act and its gun registration component will take place THURSDAY at 9:30a.m.  The in-person meeting will take place in Springfield (Room D1 in the Stratton Building) in a room that will hold about 80.  Expect a crowd “well in excess” of the room’s seating capacity.  There’s good news though:  you don’t have to fight the crowds.  You can watch online.

Here are the links, courtesy of TCS:

The Thursday hearing in Springfield will be streamed live at 9:30 a.m. on The Center Square. The second hearing will be in Chicago Friday morning and also streamed live on The Center Square.

Thank you Greg Bishop for making this happen.


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:








4 thoughts on “PICA Hearing #1 with Illinois State Police takes place THURSDAY at 9:30a.m.”
  1. Thank You Mr Boch for the link, Am listening live and so far it’s a state owned stooge woman spitting out one lump of horse shit after another.

  2. That was awful. The crappy sound. The buzzing noise. The shitty camera work (do we really need to see the ceiling with half of the image?) The idiot from ISP there supposedly to answer questions but who didn’t answer anything.

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