|Victory for Illinois Gun Owners
Gov. Quinn signs HB182 and HB3714
VICTORY FOR ILLINOIS GUN OWNERS!
You did it!! All your help and all your phone calls in support of HB182 and HB3714 have paid off and the bills have now been signed into law. The two new laws which IL firearm owners fought hard for will offer increased protection for law-abiding Illinois gun owners.
HB182 - Until HB182 was signed into law IL firearm owners could be in possession of a loaded firearm in their own home, on their own property, or in their own fixed place of business. HB182 will now extend lawful possession to other legal "dwelllings" to which you are invited such as a relative's or friend's home.
HB3714 - Until HB3714 was signed into law it was a mandatory condition of probation for a FOID card to be revoked. HB3714 states the mandatory revocation of a FOID card would apply only when the offense is a felony or involved intentional or knowing infliction of bodily harm or threat of bodily harm.
Thank you to NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde who went toe to toe with the opposition and fought hard to see this new legislation become reality. Another huge thank you to the Illinois State Rifle Association for their tireless efforts to see these bills passed and signed into law.
|Illinois sheriffs support concealed-carry handgun law
For the first time since it was founded in 1928, the Illinois Sheriffs' Association announced its support for a concealed-carry handgun law in Illinois.
The association represents the 102 Illinois sheriffs. The association held its winter training conference at the iWireless Center in Moline that concluded Tuesday.
The association also appointed Henry County Sheriff Gib Cady as its president for 2009. Sheriff Cady has been a strong proponent of concealed-carry in Illinois.
'We are constitutional officers for the people and the people want this,' Sheriff Cady said.
Greg Sullivan, executive director of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association, said the association wanted to weigh in on the issue.
He said there is a strong push from the National Rifle Association to back some type of concealed-carry handgun law in Illinois. The state is one of two (the other is Wisconsin) that has no form of concealed-carry handgun law on the books.
'The association is typically neutral on concealed carry,' Mr. Sullivan said.
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