New Illinois Bill Hopes to Force Sponsors of Anti-Gun Bills to Know Facts

Those who don't complete the training requirements won't be able to write bills infringing on gun rights

Published Friday, February 1, 2019
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

A new bill in Illinois by State Senator Neil Anderson exemplifies the fed up nature of gun owners in the state, by making it mandatory that anyone proposing new anti-gun legislation should first be trained in firearm fundamentals, as well as usage, storage, calibers and gauges, and to undergo range safety officer training.

The text of SB0173 is as follows:

Sec. 13. Firearm legislation; requirements.
Any member of the General Assembly who wishes to introduce a bill pertaining to a firearm must be able to produce proof, upon request, that he or she has completed:
  1. the firearm training requirements under Section 35-40 of the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004;
  2. range safety officer training; and
  3. a basic knowledge test of calibers and gauges of firearms.

Illinois gun owners over the past week and a half have had to deal with an onslaught of new gun control bills, pushed by an extremist leftwing agenda by those who clearly have no real understanding of firearms, or even of real crime statistics. It's not a stretch to suggest that if they had, Chicago wouldn't be in the mess it is with gun crimes on a daily basis.

Special thanks to David Campbell for the heads up on this bill.