Illinois State Rifle Association executive director says bad gun bill was 'pounded through' General Assembly
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, has said that all group members should have their eyes narrowed on Gov. Bruce Rauner.
In a recent message to members, Pearson said that “the 2018 spring [legislative] session is now over, and as expected, a very bad gun dealer licensing bill (SB 337) was pounded through the General Assembly in the closing hours. Now we will have to wait to see what the governor does.”
Pearson theorized that Rauner’s most likely options include either vetoing the bill in its entirety or turning to some sort of amendatory veto. In either case, the matter would then be held over until after November’s upcoming general election.
“We wouldn’t want to hold anyone accountable, would we?” Pearson added in the bulletin.
In the bulletin, Pearson also shared the plight of California farmer Jeffrey Kirschenmann, whose guns were confiscated after attempting to comply with the state’s new registration policy.
The case is now in the state court system.
Finally, Pearson reminded members that the ISRA/NRA Open House will be held on June 16.
“I am amazed at how fast these events come around," he said in the bulletin. "It seems a year only has about 265 days in it anymore. Nevertheless, we are ready, although we could use more volunteers.”