The 100th General Assembly brings a Fury of Anti-Gun Legislation proposed in Illinos

The Illinois 100th General Assembly (State Representatives and Senators) were sworn in on January 11th, 2017. Immediately bills began to be filed of various topics, including your gun rights. Here we are 3 weeks later and we have a virtual shopping list of proposed anti gun legislation in Illinois.

True to the prediction of Todd Vandermyde, Liaison for the National Rifle Association in Illinois, the anti gun politicians and their financial backers know they won’t be able to get much of anything done at the federal level. Therefore they have focused their attention at the state and municipal levels. We can expect a non stop attack against our gun rights in Illinois.  The currently proposed anti gun legislation brings a multitude of taxes which will affect your ability to buy a firearm or take part in the shooting activities.

  • HB271 Handgun Ammo Serialize – This bill is  hold over from the 99th general assembly which went nowhere. It is an impractical bill which would require each and every bullet manufactured and sold in Illinois to have a unique serial number laser engraved. Other states have enacted such laws which have cost tax payers millions and done nothing to curb, nor solve crime.
  • HB329 Concealed Carry Prohibit Place – Adds video gaming establishments to the list of prohibited areas. Currently the only gambling establishments are horse and dog tracks as well as off track betting facilities and casinos. This also makes it illegal to carry a concealed firearm in ALL residences in Illinois unless a welcoming sign is posted.
  • HB504 FOID Card Terrorist Watchlist – Illinois very own “No Fly, No Buy”, which again is a hold over from the 99th general assembly and is a clear violation of due diligence guaranteed to us in the United States constitution.
  • HB521 Lost & Stolen Firearms Penalty – Creates a penalty if you do not report your firearm lost or stolen. This is similar to the penalty introduced by Cook County in 2013.
  • SB009 Amendment 2 – creates a 5% tax on shooting ranges, gun clubs, hunting clubs and just about any other recreational activity outside of the shooting sports within Illinois.
  • HB1810 TAX-FIREARMS – creates a 3.75% tax on firearms and firearm parts in Illinois.

Some of the above bills are currently scheduled to go to committee. Your opposition is required to ensure your continued gun rights in Illinois. 2017 is the year for you to get active and fight for your gun rights in Illinois. We can expect a non stop attack for at least the next 4 years. Don’t let down your guard.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky calls for guncontrol in wake of Paris attacks

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of the 9th district of Illinois has repeatedly called for more gun control since the terrorist attacks stating “we should make, as a top priority, reducing the easy availability of the kinds of weapons that can and have been used in mass shootings.” on her own website press release dated November 16th.  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was also calling for more gun control on Sirius XM radio stating “I think it ought cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun safety laws.”

Because Ms. Schakowsky is my congresswoman I have communicated with her numerous times. I will say upfront that while most of my other politicians whom I write often as well, her replies seem to not be canned template responses. Her responses seem be be direct either by her or one of her staffers, even referencing previous emails in her correspondences.  Therefore I shall be writing another letter to Ms. Schakowsky, as follows:

Ms. Schakowsky ,

I write to you in response to your calling for sensible gun laws in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.  I have once heard of another Illinois politician stating “Never let a good tragedy go to waste.” and while I did not verify the authenticity of this quote, I did think you were above the practice.

As I have previously told you, I feel you are an intelligent person. Otherwise how could you have risen to the seat in which you find yourself today? However it frustrates me when I hear or read you calling for more gun control.  The exact words posted on your website in regards to the Paris tragedy state “If we are to address violence, terrorism and security at home, we must enact sensible gun safety laws.”

As a constituent of your district I request you to elaborate. What gun law, sensible or otherwise, would have prevented this tragedy? We don’t know the origin of the firearms used in the attacks, however we do know they did not come from France because France  has banned these types of firearms.  What sensible gun laws would you enact in the United States which would have prevented this mass attack by terrorists?

Let’s expand upon the proposals thrown about by anti gun (dare I say Anti Freedom?) politicians…

Universal Background checks…  Would a back ground check stop a prohibited person from obtaining a firearm? No, because it does not work now. Straw Purchasers buy and sell firearms and pass back ground checks.  Criminals steal firearms.  The study between Duke and the University of Chicago in conjunction with the Cook County Jail system concluded that criminals don’t obtain their firearms legally.

Would an all out 100% gun ban work?  Absolutely not, and France is proof. Their all out ban has failed their citizens.  Criminals will always have weapons of evil (including explosives, which terrorists actually utilize more than firearms.)

The Taliban was known for crafting AK 47’s on mountain sides with rocks and hammers.  Philippine gunsmiths make firearms in the jungles with hand tools such as files and hack saws from recycled metals. You can not un-invent technology which has been around for hundreds of years.  Finally guns can be smuggled across borders, as they were in France.

I please ask you to lay out what “sensible gun law” would have stopped the France terror attacks?

Your constituent,

Thomas C Kral
Niles, IL 60714

If you are in the 9th district of Illinois ( Illinois’ 9th Congressional District consists of all of Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Norridge. It is also made up of parts of Wilmette, Northfield, Glenview, Golf, Rosemont and Des Plaines, as well as much of the north side of City of Chicago.) I encourage you to contact Ms. Schakowsky at the following information. However if you are not in the 9th district, please contact all your elected officials and ask them to vote for your freedom by not backing any new gun control proposals.   Ms Schakowsky  may be reached at

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/janschakowsky

Chicago Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 506-7100
Fax: (773) 506-9202
Washington D. C. Office
2367 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2111
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Evanston Office
820 Davis Street, Suite 105
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 328-3409
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Glenview Office
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Glenview, IL 60025
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Jan Schakowsky & Obama photo from NPR.org