2019 Legislative Spring Session Recap
The past four and one half months comprising the 2019 Spring Session had many of the twists and turns we're so used to in the Illinois Legislature, yet it began in a very unusual way.
The current, 101st General Assembly began its term on January 9, 2019, followed by now Governor Pritzker's inauguration January 14. Days later, on January 18, a bill that had been held over from the previous 100th General Assembly under threat of veto by then Governor Rauner, was signed into law. This bill, SB337 of the 100th General Assembly, created both the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act and the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act. Most simply call it “Gun Dealer Licensing” - the law that has, and continues to drive Illinois gun stores out of business or out of state.
Following this dubious start to a new administration, gun owners were alarmed. Gun rights groups went into overdrive, watching every move in the legislature more closely than ever; warning of potentially catastrophic legislation to come. And come it did.
True to form, Senator Morrison wasted no time filing SB107 Assault Weapon Ban, a bill that would have banned or subjected to registration most modern firearms.
In the House, Representative Mayfield's HB174 Lost & Stolen Firearms – Penatly combined with Representative Cassidy's HB899 Firearm Owners ID – Revoke would have put the victims of firearm theft in the unenviable situation of having to choose to be a felon for reporting thefts too often, or for not reporting the theft at all. These bills, together, left no provision to remain a lawful gun owner when the stars aligned against them.
Representative Didech's HB888 FOID – Social Media Accounts would have subjected anyone hoping to own a gun in Illinois to scrutiny by the “thought police”.
Folks, these threats are real. With your help they've been held at bay, but anti-gun groups are continuing their work against our rights through the summer. Anti-gun legislators hope to move any and all infringements they can, as early as the Fall Veto Session. Chief among these will be SB1966 Fix the FOID Act, Representative Willis' and Senator Morrison's attempt to strike the final, fatal blow to the Second Amendment in Illinois. Whether in its current form or as an amendment to this or another bill, all of us, every gun owner in Illinois, must be ready to fight this legislation.
Just as we remembered those who fought for our freedom this Memorial day and will celebrate that freedom on Independence Day, remember too that freedom and liberty are not simply ideas of the past. We are today's patriots. We are the minutemen running to battle. We are the riders calling our neighbors to action.
Join us as we remember the patriotism of our ancestors. Join us as we write the history that will inspire our childrens' patriotism, and their children after them.