Two bills passed out of committee in Illinois yesterday, one was an assault weapons ban, and the other was a proposal to limit people to one-handgun-a-month purchases (like Virginia).
The debate was pretty much the usual attempts to portray semi-automatic rifles as “military style assault weapons”, amongst the usual hand wringing and histrionics that you’ve come to expect from such appeals to emotion.
A lot of the time, I think that Illinois is a lost cause, that Chicago area politics will dominate the rest of the state, and people in IL should just move to Indiana. In fact, I’d even put together a little “Welcome to the Hoosier State” packet for people fleeing Illinois to breathe free air (well, more free I suppose).
Then I remember that giving up sucks, and people shouldn’t have to abandon their homes and their states because some legislator has decided that he knows better than you. So contact your local representatives, Illinois residents. I know that the Chicago area does dominate a lot of Illinois politics, but there have to be enough rural and suburban gun owners out there to make a difference. Start calling, emailing, faxing, and writing letters. If you don’t know who your elected State reps are, this list has their districts and contact info.