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KATHLEEN WILLIS’ RACIST GUN CONTROL: SB 1966 House Amendment 1 – Makes Gun Ownership Onerous and Expensive

May 16, 2019

Kathleen Willis hates black people.  And poor people.   Her latest gun control proposal, Senate Bill 1966 (House Amendment One), effectively prices gun ownership right out of the reach of poor residents of Illinois.  It would require spending upwards of $150 or more just to receive a FOID card.  Once again, the poor, inner city residents suffer the greatest disparate impact.

Willis’ bill will effectively price poor folks out of exercising their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in the home.  But that’s likely a feature for Kathleen Willis and not a bug.

Check out all these Democrats, including African-American Democrats who are championing this racist gun control bill…

  5/15/2019SenateChief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Julie A. Morrison
  5/15/2019SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
  5/15/2019SenateChief Co-Sponsor Changed to Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. John Connor
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan Carroll
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Karina Villa
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Barbara Hernandez
  5/16/2019SenateSponsor Removed Sen. Dale A. Righter
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Bob Morgan
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary Edly-Allen
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Ann M. Williams
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
  5/16/2019HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch

We wrote about a draft bill floated by Willis.  We weren’t authorized to release it then and it’s moot now.  I haven’t taken the time to compare and contrast in detail (working on GunNews and other pressing matters) but it looks similar.  The draft was 127 pages long, give or take.

Here’s the synopsis (emphasis added):

SB 1966 (HCA 0001)
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Director of State Police shall (rather than may) establish a statewide multi-jurisdictional Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force. Provides that the Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force shall also conduct enforcement operations against persons whose Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards have been revoked or suspended and persons who fail to comply with the revocation or suspension requirements of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, prioritizing individuals presenting a clear and present danger to themselves or to others under that Act. Provides that the Task Force shall collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to enforce provisions of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act, and the Deadly Weapons Article of the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the Director of State Police may establish intergovernmental contracts written and executed in conformity with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall establish a portal for use by federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies, including Offices of the State’s Attorneys and the Office of the Attorney General to capture a report of persons whose Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards have been revoked or suspended. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Modifies definition of “clear and present danger”. Provides that an applicant for the issuance or renewal of a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card shall include a full set of his or her fingerprints in electronic format

That will cost you $75 to $100 per person.  Plus your time and travel to one of a handful of electronic print vendors.  Add in about $32.50 for the ISP to run a background check.

to the Department of State Police, unless the applicant has previously provided a full set of his or her fingerprints to the Department under the Act or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card issued under the Act shall be valid for the person to whom it is issued for a period of 5 years (rather than 10 years) from the date of issuance, but provides that any person whose card was previously issued for a period of 10 years shall retain the 10-year issuance period until the next date of renewal, at which point the card shall be renewed for 5 years. Provides that a person who receives a revocation or suspension notice under the Act (currently, only revocation notice) shall, within 48 hours of receiving notice of the revocation or suspension: (1) surrender his or her Firearm Owner’s Identification Card to the local law enforcement agency where the person resides; and (2) complete a Firearm Disposition Record on a form prescribed by the Department of State Police and place his or her firearms in the location or with the person reported in the Firearm Disposition Record.

Pretty much standard…

Provides that any transfer of a surrendered firearm must be conducted under the firearm transfer provisions of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act.

Translation:  You have to pay an FFL to run a background check on the person the guns are transferred to.

Provides that nothing in the firearm revocation or suspension provisions of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act prevents a court from ordering an individual to surrender his or her Firearm Owner’s Identification Card to a law enforcement agency of the court’s choosing in a timeframe shorter than 48 hours after receipt of the notice of revocation or suspension. Provides that the Firearm Disposition Record shall contain a statement to be signed by the transferee that the transferee: (1) is aware of, and will abide by, current law regarding the unlawful transfer of a firearm; (2) is aware of the penalties for violating the law as it pertains to unlawful transfer of a firearm; and (3) intends to retain possession of the firearm or firearms until it is determined that the transferor is legally eligible to possess a firearm and has an active Firearm Owners Identification Card, if applicable, or until a new person is chosen to hold the firearm or firearms. Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the State Police Revocation Enforcement Fund and the School-Based Mental Health Services Fund in the State treasury and defines their purposes. Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that an applicant for renewal need not resubmit a full set of fingerprints if the applicant has previously done so under the Act or the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful sale or delivery of firearms when he or she transfers ownership of a firearm to a person in violation of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. This offense is a Class 4 felony. Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and the Unified Code of Corrections. Modifies requirements for transfer of firearms to a law enforcement agency as required under those Acts. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Willis’ racist gun control package goes before the House Judicial Committee next Tuesday.

No doubt Kathleen Willis has told House leadership that she has the votes to pass this bill, otherwise it wouldn’t be getting a hearing.  Some on our side think passage is likely.

At the same time, Kathleen Willis has a well-earned reputation for misrepresenting things.  A couple of years ago, she told leadership she had the votes to pass a gun control bill and when the vote was called, the bill barely crested 40 of the 60 needed to pass.  That, folks, was a humiliating defeat.

The Witness Slips were opened in just the last few hours for HOUSE AMENDMENT ONE

Click here to file a witness slip in opposition to the bill.

Click here to see who’s filed slips for and against, as well as the count.


The following day, Wednesday, is the Moms Demand Action’s latest lobby day.  They’ll be swarming the capitol complex with scores of red shirts.  No, it’s not the 8,000 gun owners that came back in March, but they are like ticks – persistent and blood thirsty.

If this bill should catch a floor vote (it will get through the committee, folks.  That much is pre-ordained) on Wednesday, that could give the antis some much needed momentum going into a senate vote.

Watch this one.  The ICHV folks are all excited that this one might pass, urging gun grabbers nationwide to call and submit witness slips.

Oh yes, and the REPUBLICANS reportedly are crafting their own “Fix the FOID” bill.  Even though the FOID doesn’t need fixed, the ISP does.

The Illinois State Police screwed the pooch on the Aurora killer, not once, but twice.  They issued the guy a FOID even though Mississippi had entered the killer’s information into the national crime information computer system.  Then ISP approved the sale of a gun to the same convict.

And now, not letting a made-up crisis go to waste, Willis wants to saddle gun owners will racist gun control.  And some Republicans think they need to get onboard.

Call your state representatives – even if you think they are pro-gun.  Tell them to oppose this latest Racist Senate Bill 1966 House Amendment 1.  Tell them to tell the Republican leadership that supporting gun control will not win them elections.  Just ask Peter Breen about that one.

Tell them to tell their leadership to sprout a pair and oppose these racist gun control measures.  Or the alternative is to watch their caucus shrink even further as conservatives grow even more disillusioned with the Republicans in Illinois politics.

10 Responses to KATHLEEN WILLIS’ RACIST GUN CONTROL: SB 1966 House Amendment 1 – Makes Gun Ownership Onerous and Expensive

  1. DALE LOCK on May 16, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    So you would have to run a person to person sale through an FFL who are prohibited from charging more than $10 for the process? Which means the FFL will not want to do it. This is another “feature”, not a defect.

  2. peewee on May 16, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    So why do we need the FOID card law again?

    So had the man in question stolen the gun or bought it from a street corner vendor then we wouldn’t be having this issue. But since the state was involved we must punish ALL gun owners?

    What about the fact the shooter may have been influenced by the Jussie Smollett, fake assault?

    So why are the Republicans wanting their own fix when we do not need the law in the first place.

    Sounds like a compromising is coming and gun owners will pay the price.

    Illinois $tinks! Spend your money out of state every chance you have

  3. Joe on May 18, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Fat bastard

  4. Otto on May 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Her face is wider than my 69 Dodge

  5. Bill on May 19, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I bet she eats her cats

    • old buzzard on May 22, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Mo money needs to be floating around Springfield so her fat ass and the Prickster can fill their faces with jelly donuts.

  6. Alpha Co. on May 20, 2019 at 7:40 am

    My only recommendation is this, either move out of Illinois like I did or support the idea of letting Chicago separate from Illinois. Either one you choose is a win for you!! Just don’t move to a blue state!! Personally, I’d like to see the US become two countries at this point. One Blue and one Red! The Red portion can be in the south with the nice weather and the Blue can have the north with its miserable cold. Misery fits the liberal personality! And blue fits the color of the liberal man’s …. I’ll let you fill that part in!

  7. old buzzard on May 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Check this out. Did you know there was a Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law?
    The Prickster and law in the same sentence just ain’t right!

    Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D)
    17th District

    Years served: January 2019 – Present

    Committee assignments: Appropriations-Human Services; Elem Sec Ed: School Curric Policies; Higher Education; Judiciary – Civil; Mental Health (Vice-Chairperson); Commercial Law Subcommittee; Family Law Subcommittee; Medicaid & Managed Care Subcommitte.

    Biography: Full-time legislator; human rights attorney; B.A., Indiana University, J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, L.L.M, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; former litigation attorney at Winston and Strawn; founding member and co-chair of the Illinois Unaccompanied Children’s Task Force; former Director of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic; former board member of the Glenview Education Foundation; lives in Glenview with her husband and three sons.

  8. Jim MCGRATH on May 28, 2019 at 8:34 am

    If guns save lives, why are so many people each year killed by guns?

    • Scott Prevett on June 1, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Not downstate, they aren’t. Funny how the places with the most restrictions against guns have the most people get killed by guns, right? That’s what happens when you make it harder to own a gun – the good people comply, while the bad people don’t. That’s gun control.