On January 9, 2017, the
Illinois Legislature will go into session.
On Monday, the 99th General Assembly will finish unfinished business
from the last two years. While all of
the gun bills, both good and bad, are still under consideration, the only one
that might be called will be SB433, the suppressor bill. Then, at noon on Wednesday, January 11, the
100th General Assembly will be seated. There
are a lot of changes among the representatives and senators. It will take a while to figure it all
out. The real action will start in
It is going to be
interesting to see what it’s going to be like nationally, under President-Elect
Donald Trump. In Illinois, we are not
going to see any improvement unless it comes from Washington D.C. For us, it will be the battle, as usual. Many predicted that firearm sales would fall if
Donald Trump was elected. I have checked
with a couple of firearm dealers and firearm sales have not slowed down. I admit this is not a very good sample.
Of course, part of this
continuation of sales comes from reduced prices for firearms and ammunition. The optimistic future, increased availability
of products and lower costs may increase the number of visits to the ranges, and
more participation in shooting leagues and competitions.
The stock markets are
looking at certain gun companies as being very good investments. The top three of these include Smith &
Wesson, Sturm Ruger and the Vista Outdoor Group (Savage Arms, Blackhawk and
Bushnell). Notably, Savage Arms is
introducing a new Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR).
The competition among the firearm companies keeps improving every
product, I have to say. Colt is coming
out with a new updated 1911, with a new double spring recoil system that looks
All gun owners need to be
aware that Michael Bloomberg is pushing ahead full tilt with his anti-gun
campaign. It is my understanding that in
some states he had established offices before the General Election, and he
never closed them. Those offices are still
open, and undoubtedly, they are moving their anti-gun attacks to the state and
local levels. Please understand that
Michael Bloomberg has billions of discretionary income to put into the campaign
against law abiding gun owners. This
fight is not over; it is just beginning.
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January 14, 2017
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