ISRA director applauds Second Amendment victory in preventing passage of expansive new gun bill

ISRA director applauds Second Amendment victory in preventing passage of expansive new gun bill

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Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) executive director Richard Pearson is commending members for the battle they successfully waged in preventing "one of the most expansive gun control measures in recent history” from becoming law. “The spring session has come to an end and Second Amendment supporters can breathe a sigh of relief,” Pearson wrote to members in a bulletin posted on the organization’s website after their actions proved instrumental in stopping Senate Bill 1966 in its track. “I appreciate the hard work so many people put in to stop this legislation. The phone calls and emails from Second Amendment supporters across the state made a big difference. Our voice was definitely heard in the Illinois State Capitol.” ISRA Executive Director Richard A. Pearson In addition to drastically raising the cost of a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card, the bill that passed the House by a 62-52 vote aimed to require gun owners to submit to fingerprinting before obtaining a FOID card at a maximum service cost of $30. Card renewal costs were also set to be raised from $10 for a 10-year term to $20 every for a five-year term. “There is no doubt this legislation would have dramatically increased the cost of owning a firearm in Illinois, and for many families it would definitely have been a hardship,” Pearson added. “The fact this bill did not move to the governor’s desk this spring is a big win.” Still, Pearson warned members to continue to stand up for their […]

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