NRA warns members against gun control bills
The Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is encouraging NRA members to contact Gov. Bruce Rauner and urge him to veto Senate Bills 337 and 3256, and House Bill 2354.
Both Senate bills were recently concurred and are now scheduled to be delivered to Rauner’s desk, along with HB 2354.
SB 337 would establish a firearm registry and stymie operations at local gun stores with regulations, while SB 3256 would expand the 72-hour waiting period to all firearms. In a bulletin to members, the organization described HB 2354 as a bill that “would allow Second Amendment rights to be revoked without due process.”
As amended by Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Northlake), SB 337 would also direct state police to create an electronic transaction form for firearm transfers, which would amount to a registry, according to the NRA.
“This solution in search of a problem will not only waste taxpayer-funded resources, but it would also not improve public safety,” the ILA added in the bulletin. “Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law and acquire the vast majority of their firearms illegally such as by theft, on the black market, or by straw purchase. A registry would not affect criminals as it could only include lawful transactions.”
HB 2354 is also sponsored by Willis, while SB 3256 is backed by Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-Buffalo Grove).
“The right to keep and bear arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted consistent with the constitutional requirements of due process,” ILA officials said.
ILA is the lobbying arm of the NRA and was established in 1975.