IL – The spring session has come to an end and 2nd Amendment
supporters can breathe a sigh of relief as one of the most expansive gun
control measures in recent history failed to win support in the Illinois
appreciate the hard work so many people put in to stop this legislation,” said
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
“The phone calls and emails from 2nd Amendment supporters across the
state made a big difference. Our voice was definitely heard in the Illinois
The legislation (SB 1966) passed the
House by a vote of 62-52 but failed to win support in the
Illinois Senate and with no more days left in the legislative session, the bill
is effectively dead.
Senate Bill 1966 would have substantially
increased the cost of a FOID card and would have complicated the process by mandating
fingerprinting as a requirement to obtain/renew a FOID card with a maximum cost
of $30 for the service. The legislation also raised the FOID card renewals to
$20 every 5 years (currently $10 for a 10-year license). Finally, it required private
firearm sales/transfers go through a licensed dealer and would have imposed a
Class 4 felony for FOID card violations, which comes with a maximum of three
years in prison.
is no doubt this legislation would have dramatically increased the cost of
owning a firearm in Illinois and for many families, it would definitely have
been a hardship,” Pearson said. “The fact this bill did not move to the
Governor’s desk this spring is a big win. However, it is just a temporary
victory. There is no doubt this legislation will come back and we as 2nd
Amendment supporters need to be ready. Now more than ever we need 2nd
Amendment supporters to stand with us because our Constitutional rights are constantly
under attack in our State Legislature.”
information, log on to www.isra.org.