So the Illinois State Police Hearing on the Protect Illinois Communities Act. First thoughts: the annoying buzz and the fact that only Suzanne Bond and a Captain from Illinois State Police as the only people there tells me they aren’t taking the seriously. The buzzing on the video is a nice “F-You” as well to those who care about this hearing.
This is supposed to provide answers to Illinois residents and organizations seeking answers to dispel vagueness in the law and in the Emergency Rules.
Susan Bond might as well as be a damn parrot. “Answers to this question can be found on the ISP website on the Protect Illinois Communities Act page.”
In other words, they aren’t dispelling jack poop.
Glenn Sanders of the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen Association had some great questions and Bond kept tossing out the “Answers to this question can be found on the ISP website on the Protect Illinois Communities Act page.”
Roger German had a long letter read into the record. It was very unmemorable and largely irrelevant to the discussion in play. They aren’t going to litigate this in a hearing, sir.
Well, Bond has now apologized repeatedly for not being able to read their FAQs and the law itself…
Brad Halbrook did a nice job trying to nail them down and they squirmed. Brad, they’re not going to return any seized guns if the law is ruled unconstitutional. Those guns will be destroyed.
Josh Witkowski from the Illinois Federal for Outdoor Resources tried to nail them down on more vagueness. Bond’s response: “We tried to make it as expansive as possible…”
He had some great questions…
“I will need you to submit that question in writing. I don’t know the answer to that question. I apologize,” she said.
He then slaps her hard over an answer to Glenn Sanders’ written question about extended magazine tubes not being regulated.
Now her new answer has suddenly become: “I will need you to submit that question in writing. I don’t know the answer to that question. I apologize.”
Is an extension tube be considered an accessory as it extends the capacity of the shotgun over five rounds.
This is cringeworthy. Bond CLEARLY isn’t a gun person.
Witkowski knows his stuff and he’s running circles around her and she’s utterly clueless.
“This is why were asking for clarification,” he said.
New line of questioning: “Do you have to register parts, if you don’t own the gun?”
Oh, now he’s getting into Airsoft. “If an individual only has Airsoft devices, does the possession of a forward grip that will also fit on a banned firearm, does that have to be registered as an accessory.”
“That is not our intention…” Even though the previous question the answer that you must register accessories even if you don’t have the guns.
He hammered her hard and they called time on him to end the verbal beat-down. Great. The first guy (in person) with real questions about what’s covered and what’s not and ISP can’t answer the damn questions at a hearing that was specifically held to answer questions.
Another gent shared some good questions about vagueness. Of course, she didn’t have answers to those questions either.
Magnuson spoke last today! That’s it? Four speakers? It was largely about him, and largely an opinion piece.
People: this isn’t about your opinion. This is about getting clarification.
The hearing is over.