In our last Call to Action we shed light on the legislative hypocrisy of those who say they want “gun safety”, but seek to impose taxes that work to prevent safety training and range time. The bill we spoke of, HB238 Sch Trauma – Ammo Tax, was sent to subcommittee in part because of Illinois gun owners' effort to protect our rights. Though nothing is guaranteed in Illinois politics, being in subcommittee bodes well for us.
But, despite the progress we've made, the threat has not ended. Anti-gun forces are doubling down with HB438 Use/Occ Tax - Ammunition. The name may have changed but the intent is the same - prevent gun owners, prevent you from getting the ammunition you need to not only train, but to fully enjoy the right that is yours, a right that was given you as a birth right, not as a gift from a political system based in the most corrupt city in the nation.
Joining in this disrespect is Representative Willis' perennial attempt to thumb her prodigious nose at the Supreme Court, HB552 Safe Gun Storage, and HB602 Firearm Owners ID – Fees, seeking to pass on the cost of an archaic and unnecessary FOID system that is more a part of the problem than the solution.
In stark contrast HB316 Use/Occ Tax – Gun Safes takes a different, more appropriate approach to safety. By reducing the sales tax on gun safes and locks, Representative Mason proposes to allow gun owners as a matter of free will, to more easily store their firearm in a manner many believe is appropriate to those guns that are not needed within arm's reach.
Please join us once again in filing witness slips to protect and advance our rights in Illinois.
On the Federal scene, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi plans to call two anti-gun bills for a vote in the House next week. Please contact your US Representatives, asking them to oppose H.R. 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and and H.R. 1446 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021.
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HB438 Use/Occ Tax - Ammunition
HB552 Safe Gun Storage
HB602 Firearm Owners ID - Fees
HB316 Use/Occ Tax - Gun Safes
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