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Call to Action 1/23/2022! Witness Slips Needed!


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Call to Action 1/23/2022! Witness Slips Needed!

 

Today's alert focuses on a single bill, the importance of which cannot be overstated.

 

Last year, during the Spring '21 Session, HB2769 proposed to fund the purchase of “miscrostamp ready” firearms for Illinois law enforcement. On the surface it sounds almost innocent. Why not buy guns for law enforcement, even if they aren't the kind we would buy for ourselves? As with many things in the world of gun control, the proposal is far more sinister than it appears.

 

The bill speaks of low arrest rates for homicides and assaults committed with firearms. While the statistics cited may be true, it is not true that the desire to solve those crimes has anything to do with the firearms law enforcement purchases. Law enforcement is not the source of the violence plaguing our cities.

 

Nor can it be true that the bill speaks of the criminals who commit the violence. Those criminals will ignore microstamp laws just as they ignore all law. That is, by definition, the nature of being a criminal.

 

No, the bill seeks to create a market for microstamping when no such market can naturally exist. It uses tax money, our money, to promote the creation of firearms no one wants. Microstamp capable firearms would already exist if law enforcement wanted them. They would already exist if consumers wanted them. They would already exist if anyone wanted them, yet they do not exist in the market place.

 

It isn't hard to see the underlying purpose, the sinister ulterior motive at work. One needs only read the words of Representative Ford, one the co-sponsors:

 

The legislation would use tax dollars to create the funding for the distribution of the micro-stamped firearms to law enforcement officers, but Ford said if everything goes smoothly, lawmakers could see it expand to other gun owners.”

 

"”We use microstamping to trace shootings, and if we get it approved through law enforcement, then maybe we should expand it to other gun owners," Ford said.”

 

Those “other gun owners”, of course, are you and me. They are the very folks who are not committing crimes. They are the folks proven to be law abiding by not just the FOID Act, but by the FOID Modernization Act sponsored by Representative Hoffman and Senator Koehler, the act that now requires de facto background checks for ammo purchases and that creates a private sale gun registration.

 

What they will not admit is that other states which have tried ballistic fingerprinting schemes have abandoned them as costly experiments that solved not a single crime. Maryland, in particular, learned a $15 Million lesson in how not to solve crime.

 

What they will not tell their colleagues is that a 2012 Iowa State University study shows that differences in primer hardness adversely affects the reliability of marking that part of a round.

 

What they will not tell their colleagues is that the same study states, “... it is clear

that the use of lacquer has significantly degraded the ability to achieve total identifier transfer.” Lacquer is a common sealant used by some ammunition manufacturers and hand loaders, to prevent the entry of water and humidity into the round.

 

What they will not explain is that hand loaders often use previously fired brass picked up at firing ranges or purchased online. They will not explain that purchased brass is commonly sourced from police department ranges so that, even if the primer imprinting problems are avoided by imprinting the brass case instead, the previous user of that brass can now be implicated in crimes because of multiple identifiers appearing on that brass.

 

They will not explain, perhaps they don't know, that their reliance on marked casings left all over a crime scene can be defeated by simply using a revolver.

 

This legislation is poised to move quickly through the House if the votes are available. Join us in stopping Amendment 4 it in its tracks. Illinois wastes plenty of money already, even without this microstamping nonsense.

 

 

File Witness Slips Now!

Detailed Witness Slip Instructions

 

Log On to the ILGA Dashboard

 

In order to avoid completing each field manually, at the top right Log on to your ILGA Dashboard or Create a New Account if you haven't already created one, then return to this email and click on the links for each witness slip.

 

 

 

 

 

HB2769 HFA 4 Microstamp Funding Program Act

 

OPPONENT!


Read More About This Bill

 

File an OPPONENT Witness Slip

 

Track the Witness Slips

 

 

 

Join us, IllinoisCarry, a group that reliably defends your right to keep and bear arms. A group that still understands the meaning of “shall not be infringed”. A group that will stand by that principle without capitulation.

 

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Did this one. 

 

Will there be calls to action on any of the bills currently scheduled to be heard in the Judiciary - Criminal Committee on Tuesday the 25th?

 

https://my.ilga.gov/Hearing/HearingDetail/18941?HCommittees1/30/2022-page=1&HCommittees1/30/2022-orderBy=&HCommittees1/30/2022-filter=&committeeid=0&chamber=H&nodays=7&_=1642995620024

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On 1/23/2022 at 9:48 PM, EdDinIL said:

Did this one. 

 

Will there be calls to action on any of the bills currently scheduled to be heard in the Judiciary - Criminal Committee on Tuesday the 25th?

 

https://my.ilga.gov/Hearing/HearingDetail/18941?HCommittees1/30/2022-page=1&HCommittees1/30/2022-orderBy=&HCommittees1/30/2022-filter=&committeeid=0&chamber=H&nodays=7&_=1642995620024

 

During the 1/19/2022 hearing the Chair said that no bills would be heard in the immediate future.  With our opposition on record already we felt it would be better to concentrate our efforts this time on only the microstamping bill.

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On 1/24/2022 at 5:36 AM, mauserme said:

 

During the 1/19/2022 hearing the Chair said that no bills would be heard in the immediate future.  With our opposition on record already we felt it would be better to concentrate our efforts this time on only the microstamping bill.

So the bills are on the schedule but won't be heard in the committee?  Ok, if you say so, but call me skeptical. 

 

The NRA-ILA just sent out an alert about the bills.

 

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Tomorrow, the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee will hear a number of anti-gun bills. Please file witness slips against House Bills 2541, 3144, 3661, and 4296. The hearing will be held by video conference. 

 

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On 1/24/2022 at 2:40 PM, EdDinIL said:

So the bills are on the schedule but won't be heard in the committee?  Ok, if you say so, but call me skeptical. 

 

The NRA-ILA just sent out an alert about the bills.

 

 

 

We're not discouraging anyone from filing slips against those bills.  We oppose them enough to have included them in our first Call to Action.  There are considerations early in session, before folks are used to taking action again, like not overwhelming everyone with a long list of bills when there's an immediate threat that needs our attention.  Its a strategy.

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