SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle
State Rifle Association Blasts Legislative Retribution Against Lawful Gun
The ISRA is condemning attempts by leftists in the
Illinois General Assembly to exact post-election payback against lawful gun
owners. In the weeks since the November elections, gun control advocates
in both the House and Senate have introduced dozens of bills designed to
severely curtail the rights of lawful gun owners while doing nothing to halt Chicago's spiral
The most objectionable of bills introduced to date is
HB1810 sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan). If passed,
HB1810 would impose a special 3.75% sales tax on firearms and
accessories. Making this bill even more repugnant is that all proceeds
from the special sales tax will be funneled directly to radical Chicago-based
community activists. Ironically, under HB1810 lawful gun owners would be
forced to fund the very people intent on taking their guns away.
Another unacceptable legislative scheme to restrict
lawful firearm ownership is the recently introduced HB0745. Sponsored by
Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), HB0745 would force firearm owners
to submit to fingerprinting in order to retain the right to purchase firearms
and ammunition. In effect, Moylan's proposal places a $100 tax
on the constitutional right to own and use firearms. Of course, HB0745
offers no way forward on violent crime. All the bill does is promise to
hit hard at millions of law-abiding Illinois gun owners and hit
especially hard at good citizens who are economically disadvantaged.
"This is all about
revenge," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson.
"We're tracking about two-dozen gun control bills in the general assembly
and none of them, if passed, would have any impact on violent crime. On
the other hand, every single one of the bills promises to stifle the free
exercise of Second Amendment rights by the lawful citizen."
"But, then again, gun control
is all about punishing citizens who would dare to own firearms," continued
Pearson. "The effort to punish firearm owners is more determined in
2017 in light of the gun-control candidate's loss in the presidential
"The ISRA is poised to obstruct
and defeat any and all gun control legislation coming before the legislature
this session," said Pearson. "The good people of Illinois are
not going to accept political retribution in the form of restrictions on their
rights. It's understandable that the gun controllers are bitter over
their nationwide defeats last November. However, the gun controllers will
have to wallow alone in their bitterness because the rest of us will have no
part of it."
The ISRA is the state's leading
advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more
than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of
law-abiding firearm owners.
WEB SITE: http://www.isra.org
SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association