It’s very important that you make these calls. We realize that you’ve been called upon to act many times so far this year. But your continued support is crucial.
1. Call your state representative and politely tell them you are a law-abiding gun owner who objects to magazine bans. Politely advise them to vote NO on Amendment 12 – the magazine ban. If you do not know who your state representative is, then the Illinois State Board of Elections has a new interactive search page here:
I fired off an email to all of them this morning.
If I get a chance to call during my lunch break I will call a couple. My rep is on our side!
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March 19, 2013, 10:38 AM
Everyone should call their reps, now if possible, but hopefully before 12:00 noon because the representatives will be on the Floor of the House at 12:00 CST. As bad as Illinois is - we don't have a magazine ban / firearm capacity limit, but that could all change today.
March 19, 2013, 03:05 PM
I emailed EVERY rep this morning. I've received about 12 replies. Mostly from the folks on our side, but I got a couple of the "thanks for your concern" replies.
March 19, 2013, 03:52 PM
Amend 47 to HB1155 - a registration scheme for sales failed
Amend 48 to HB1155 - a scheme that requires a person to train with the specific firearm they carry and only carry a firearm they have been qualified on - failed
Amend 49 to HB1155 - limited people to just one CCW failed
March 19, 2013, 04:09 PM
Amendment 50 - vague bill forbiding firearms in any places or areas where alocohol is served - passed
March 19, 2013, 04:22 PM
Amendment 51 to to HB1155 requiring gun owners to carry $1 million in insurance - failed
Amendment 52 to HB1155 that creates a system that triggers a "may issue" hearing by LEA based on arrests (not convictions) - passed
Amendment 53 to HB1155 asking Illinois to postpone enacting gun legislation until it is determined that the Illinois State Police dept is ready to process CCW applications. - failed
March 19, 2013, 05:05 PM
House stands adjourned
March 19, 2013, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the update. I had to leave the office before they voted on the stupid insurance amendment.
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March 19, 2013, 05:28 PM
I'm shocked! In Illinois? Say it isn't so? :barf::barf::barf::barf::barf:
March 19, 2013, 06:13 PM
I think they sensed that they couldn't get the mag ban done today and it didn't come up for a vote.
Madigan now knows that there is support for banning firearms at places that primariliy serve alcohol and there is support for setting up a "may issue" system for people that have had 5 arrests.
Interestingly enough - the 5 arrest thing would trigger a may issue hearing for the Reverend Jesse Jackson (if he wanted a gun). It would also trigger a may issue hearing on people who have been arrested but not convicted during protests or any other kind of thing you could imagine.
March 19, 2013, 09:05 PM
Thanks for the update. I was on the road all day and missed this altogether.
I think you can also get a replay of this from LiveStream
March 20, 2013, 11:02 AM
Excerpt of an update from NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde
Staff had indicated late Monday that the magazine ban would be part of the special order on firearms on Tuesday. Your calls and our lobbying efforts thwarted that as they did not call the ban for a second vote. We believe they failed to call it because your calls are making the difference and they are still short votes.
While leadership is attempting to twist arms to find votes, your calls and emails are making the difference. Keep it up. We know that hearing that there is an impending vote at any minute, gets to be frustrating only to have the vote not take place. But such is the nature of the beast that we are forced to deal with. Chicago politicians control the process and can move things at a moment’s notice. All we can do is try to keep you, the members, informed as to the latest happenings at the capitol.
The fact that they schedule the magazine ban for a vote then don't follow through is a testament to your effectiveness and fact that you are among the most dedicated Second Amendment supporters in the country. The fact that you have held back the Chicago machine should be a badge of honor.
Keep it up and keep making those calls. Together we will prevail.
March 20, 2013, 11:56 AM
Here are the e-mail addresses of Illinois House representatives who made anti-2A / anti-gun votes recently, or people who voted P or NV - MINUS the hard core anti gunners (Acevedo, Cassidy, Currie, Zalewski, etc...) There probably are some hard core gun control politicians here as well as some who simply voted for political cover, but somewere in this list are the e-mails of the politicians that may be convinced to change their vote if enough pressure is brought to bear.
We want to politely point out that magazine bans do nothing to curb violent crime and ask that they oppose any magazine ban or magazine capacity limit.
House adjourned - meaning the antis figured out they didn't have the votes (yet) to push more gun control bills and didn't expose their amendments to defeat.
There are more than a dozen anti-gun amendments and bills waiting in the wings, including 2 magazine bans.
They'll try to regroup, see where money needs to be allocated and pressure applied, but this is very encouraging because they've been racking up losses on the gun issue since January.
The only thing they have to show for it is support for some kind of provision prohibiting guns in places that primarily make their income from alcohol and a provision that would cause an automatic "may issue" hearing for people applying for CWP that have had 5 arrests (but not convictions).
March 20, 2013, 03:49 PM
Rumor is that the desire for mag bans is actually coming from Chicago City Hall - it's something that Rahm Emanual wants to see happen.
The Speaker of the House Mike Madigan has turned this in to a long-drawn out protracted battle.
There several anti-2A amendments and bills waiting in the wings - including 2 mag ban provisions.
March 21, 2013, 02:10 PM
I sent emails and got several vague replies - we all need to be working together on this - thanks for being on top of things countzero
March 21, 2013, 03:22 PM
It looks like one thing that anti's will try today is pass legislation that would fine law-abiding gun owners $10,000 for allowing their FOID to expire.
Considering that the ISP currently has an estimated 75,000 person backlog for fulfilling FOID applications, and it's taking anywhere from 90 to 150 days for people to get their FOID cards - this is just another attack on law-abiding gun owners.
The ISRA is asking people to call their reps right away and ask them to oppose HB2265
March 21, 2013, 07:10 PM
Don't think the FOID backlog isn't intentional. Imagine a future where they only get to a few hundred foid applications a year. Yes you have the legal right to own a gun...just have to apply and wait...years. eventually they'll increase the FOID fee to a prohibitive level. What a mess you all have there. At least you got concealed carry...sort of.
March 21, 2013, 09:49 PM
I heard a rumor the NRA was contemplating suing the ISP for not processing FOID applications within the legal time limit. Anyone know if this is true?
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March 22, 2013, 12:03 AM
By state law the ISP has 30 days for FOID applications,,,,,,,but when they made the law there was no penelty for noncomplience.
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