Bill would allow Illinoisans to sue gunmakers, dealers over gun violence

Bill would allow Illinoisans to sue gunmakers, dealers over gun violence

Gun and bullets. (WICS) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — A new bill (HB4156) filed in the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday, Sept. 28, would allow any Illinoisan to sue gun manufacturers, importers, or dealers whose guns cause injury or death within the state. The Protecting Heartbeats Act is modeled after the controversial Texas abortion bill , which allows private citizens to sue other citizens that aid or perform an abortion. Along with previously introduced legislation , some Illinois Democrats are continuing their effort to argue that if Texas is deputizing citizens against those that aid or perform abortions, then Illinois will do the same and allow citizens to sue manufacturers or dealers whose guns cause a death. “I’m exploiting essentially the argument that was made in Texas and the Supreme Court’s argument and applying it to a bill that I think will do a lot of good,” Rep. Margaret Croke, D-Chicago, said. Filed by Rep. Croke, the legislation would mandate that damages resulting from the lawsuits would start at $10,000. Some critics like the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) say the bill is a political ploy meant to garner publicity, and not to actually pass through the General Assembly. “The only way to stop those sorts of crimes is to arrest the person, convict them, and keep them in jail for a long time,” ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson said. ISRA has not taken an official stance on the legislation, yet. For Croke, she admits the bill faces an […]

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