Senate Bill 0009 (SB 0009)
is a wide-ranging revenue bill to increase dollars into the coffers
of the State Illinois. Page
29 of Amendment 2 to SB 0009 calls for taxes on gun clubs and hunt clubs.
The Illinois State Rifle Association objects to the inclusion of
these two entities because this is essentially a tax of a fundamental right and
is therefore unconstitutional. Sales
taxes on newspapers and poll taxes are examples of
taxes on a fundamental right that have been declared unconstitutional.
In Ezell v. Chicago, the court rightly pointed out that, the right
to possess a firearm for protection implies the right to acquire and maintain
proficiency in their use. The core right wouldn't mean much without training
and practice to make it effective. Please call your Illinois State
Senator and ask to have gun clubs and hunting clubs from removed from SB 0009.
Go to www.ilga.gov
Click on “Members”, under “Senate”.
Click on your
Senator, for contact information.