An Illinois state senator has filed an amendment to a measure that would ban many semi-automatic firearms in the state under the guise of “assault weapons.”
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the addition to Senate Bill 556 is vaguely written and contains decades old language that attempts to enhance the penalty of unlawfully carrying a wide spectrum of semi-automatic firearms in Illinois. “The real effect of this legislation would be to finally implant this damaging and dangerous language into Illinois law that could potentially pave the way for future registrations, bans and confiscation,” NRA-ILA reported in a legislative update.
In a nutshell, the amendment contains language to define commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms as so-called “assault weapons” simply because they look scary to untrained individuals.
Use Your Power!
Illinois gun owners are encouraged to contact their members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to oppose Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 556 when it comes up for a vote. To contact them,click here.
Chicago Sun-Times Still Doesn’t Understand The Gun Issue
When Chicago alderman on Wednesday relaxed some of the city’s stringent rules on where shooting ranges can be located and who can use them, it was a positive step forward. What wasn’t positive, however, was the Chicago Sun-Times’ ridiculous coverage of the matter, proving the publication just doesn’t understand guns or law-abiding gun owners.
On Thursday, the newspapers’ feature began: “Chicago aldermen on Wednesday put aside their fears of appearing to be soft on crime and relaxed the city’s rigid rules on where shooting ranges can be located and who can use them.”
In real life, lawful shooting ranges, and the people who use them, have nothing to do with violent crime or with Chicago’s violent crime problem. The newspaper further reported on the city’s “unrelenting gang violence that has caused homicides and shootings to soar,” which also has no relation to lawful gun ranges operated and frequented by law-abiding citizens.
NRA Endorses Luther Strange In Alabama Special Election
NRA-PVF has announced its endorsement of Luther Strange for the United States Senate. Strange served as attorney general of Alabama from 2011 until 2017, when he was appointed to temporarily fill the Senate vacancy left by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. To permanently fill the seat, a special election will be held on Dec. 12, with the primary scheduled for Aug. 15.
During his career, Strange has fought tirelessly for the rights of gun owners, opposing every attempt to ban lawfully owned firearms and magazines. He voted to confirm pro-gun Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, and to strike the Obama administration Social Security gun ban. During his short time in the Senate, Strange has cosponsored measures concerning national Right-to-Carry reciprocity and the deregulation of suppressors.
Due to his sterling record, NRA-PVF has awarded him an A+ rating. “As a champion for gun owners … Sen. Strange is the right person to succeed Jeff Sessions as U.S. senator,” said NRA-PVF chairman Chris W. Cox.
Canada’s Gun Control Failure
For a country with extremely restrictive gun control laws, Canada sure does have lots of illegal guns!
According to a report from CBCNews, there are more than 1 million restricted and/or prohibited guns in private hands in Canada right now. That represents an increase of 5.5 percent since last year.
According to the report, “While the number of prohibited firearms are, in theory, supposed to remain the same or gradually decline over time as owners whose guns were grandfathered die or give them up, the number of prohibited firearms actually rose.” Which leaves us wondering: What’s the point in restricting or prohibiting guns if there’s going to be a million of them out there anyway?
Georgia Homeowner Fatally Shoots Invader Who Had Just Robbed A Store
Stockbridge, Ga., police on Tuesday went chasing after a man who had just robbed a Dollar General Store, and who had fled by jumping into an accomplice’s truck.
Robert MacDonald, 26, held a knife on a Dollar General employee while taking money, then fled. When officers tracked down the escape vehicle, the suspect jumped from the truck bed and ran. Unfortunately for the robber, a homeowner—who had a gun—found him first.
While officers were in pursuit of the robber, police were called to a nearby home invasion with a suspect matching MacDonald’s description. The homeowner told WTOC-TV he heard breaking glass, then someone entering the home. After he was discovered by the homeowner, MacDonald approached in a menacing manner, so the resident drew his gun and yelled. That caused the homeowner’s father to come down the stairs with his own firearm, and he shot MacDonald in the chest, killing him.