Now,at the eleventh hour, the ISP is pushing SB1034 as amended by HCA#2. It calls for much broader definitions of Domestic Violence than the federal laws do and adds more misdemeanor offenses to the list of DV convictions that prohibit firearm ownership. It also allows the ISP to enter into the judicial review process where they couldn't before. It would cause those that have had convictions reduced to non DV misdemeanors to lose their FOID cards and become prohibited persons for the rest of their lives simply because the altercation was between them and a relative.
Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with prohibiting firearms from wife beaters and those that habitually commit violence on family members. But for the guy/gal that got charged with DV by an over zealous State's Attorney in a nasty divorce case, and later plead to a non DV misdemeanor because he/she couldn't afford the fees or the time to fight it, this could mean the forfeiture of the FOID and no gun ownership ever again.
What needs to happen is to kill this bill that goes way over the top, and do a rewrite of the DV portion of the IL law to bring it more into line with the Federal statutes as concerns Domestic Violence. Instead, the ISP is ginning up support for thier agenda by waiting until the last minute and then screaming that gun sales will be shut off if SB1034 is not passed.
Please, contact your Representative AND your Senator and tell them to oppose SB1034 as amended and instead push for a rewrite of the DV portion of our IL laws to bring them into compliance with the Federal laws as they pertain to gun ownership. This thing is on the fast track, it can go from the House to the Senate in one hour. It's imperative that we oppose it!!
Call now and every day until it's defeated!!
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