ISRA director expects new legislature to introduce multiple anti-gun measures
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, is warning members that he believes Senate Bill 107, aimed at banning “assault weapons,” will not be the last attack on legal gun owners.
“With the election of Gov. Pritzker and many new members of the Illinois General Assembly that ran on an anti-gun platform, we expected to see numerous anti-gun bills filed,” Pearson said in a legislative alert bulletin posted on Facebook and sent to members on Jan. 24. “We are certain this will not be the last anti-gun measure we will see in the coming months.”
The latest proposed legislation comes courtesy of state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), described in the bulletin as a “long-time anti-gun” legislator.
SB 107 seeks to ban any person from possessing an assault weapon 300 days after the effective date of passage, with the only exception being instances in which the weapon is registered with the Illinois State Police within the allotted amount of time.
“I know I don’t have to remind ISRA members that elections have consequences,” Pearson added in the bulletin. “We must stay vigilant as these bills are a long way from passing. Should any pass and are signed into law, we intend to litigate in the courts even if that means taking our grievances to the United States Supreme Court.”