From IllinoisCarry.com – Firearm Alert Vol. 10, No. 1
Call to Action – Illinois Witness Slips Needed
The 99th Illinois General Assembly has begun and already the anti-Second Amendment crowd is introducing new legislation to further restrict our rights. Witness slips opposing these bills are needed.
In our first call to action of the year, we ask our members to voice their opposition to two bills scheduled to be heard on Wed., Feb. 18, 2015 in the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee at 3:30 p.m.. Please file witness slips in opposition to the two following bills before the scheduled hearing time.
HB148 Lost & Stolen Firearms – OPPONENT
Sponsor – Rita Mayfield (D) – Waukegan
Illinois law has required FOID card holders, but not persons illegally in possession of firearms, to report lost or stolen firearms with 72 hours of knowing of the loss since the 2013 Gun Safety and Responsibility Act was passed. Now, as predicted, with HB148 anti-Second Amendment sponsor Rita Mayfield, wants to add even more severe penalties via FOID revocation and felony convictions.
HB265 Firearm Protect Order – OPPONENT
Sponsor – Natalie Manley (D) – Joliet
There are many forms of orders of protection available in IL ranging from orders regarding property, pets, and a number of other orders unrelated to physical or verbal threat against a petitioner. Of the tools available to a judge, a firearm protection order as it currently exists in law, is one of the most important when determined necessary by a court of competent jurisdiction.
HB265 proposes to subvert the judicial discretion by prohibiting the subject of any order of protection from purchasing or transporting a firearm even when the order is unrelated to physical or verbal threats and may pertain only to property or pet arrangements.
When restricting a core fundamental right such as the Second Amendment, it is essential those rights be given a fair hearing before a judge.
What Is A Witness Slip?
It is a paper or electronic form filed with a committee clerk stating support or opposition to a bill scheduled to be heard in committee. The number of slips is reported and read into the record of the bill.
Even though bills may be sent to a committee that is “weighted” to make sure they pass out of committee, having overwhelming numbers of witness slips, either for or against, sends a strong message to the bill’s sponsors and the leadership in the General Assembly of what kind of battle they are facing with law-abiding citizens. We favor hitting a bill hard as soon as it is scheduled for a hearing, and letting our legislators know whether we support it or not.
How Do I File a Witness Slip?
If you are new to filing witness slips, it is helpful to log onto the ILGA website and create an account for filing the slips. By doing this, each time you log in to create a slip, your information is automatically filled in on the slip and all you have to fill in is whether you are a proponent (support) or opponent (against) of the bill and check the box for “record of appearance only”. If you choose not to create an account, you will need to fill in all your information every time you file a slip.
How Do I Fill Out a Witness Slip?
For complete instructions on how to fill out a witness slip, click here! When filling out witness slips, we ask our members to indicate they represent only themselves unless they are an official spokesperson for a particular group, business, or agency.
Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day
Wed. March 18, 2015
Prairie Capitol Convention Center
10:30 a.m. – Doors Open
11:00 a.m. Concessions Open
Noon – Legislative Briefing
1:15 p.m. March to the State Capitol!!
3:00 pm Rally At The Rotunda
Please note the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the march, and the State Capitol are “no carry” zones.
Reserve your seat on one of the many IGOLD buses and avoid all the traffic and having to search for parking!!
Mark this important date on your calendar. If you need to reserve a vacation day before the end of the year – DO IT NOW! This may be one of the most important IGOLD events so far. We know gun free zones are killing zones. It is important we show our new legislators and new governor, Bruce Rauner, that we oppose any further restrictions on our Second Amendment rights and that we support:
*Less restrictions in where we can legally protect ourselves and our loved ones
*The carry licensing fee is too high for many to afford
*The 16 hr. training requirement is excessive, especially when compared to our neighbors in Indiana where no training is required.
*We need reciprocity with other states in order to protect ourselves when we travel in those states.
If you have already received your carry license, this is NOT the time to sit back and become lax!
Those who have taken the training and gone through the licensing process are crucial to the fight and we need you to stand with us and be heard at IGOLD! Save the date! Be there!