SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) has joined with
fellow downstate lawmakers in fighting a slew of new anti-gun bills supported
by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Opponents of the anti-gun bills can make their
voices heard by signing the petition at www.OpposeChicagoGunLaws.com.
The bills, House Bill 5837 which would require all
handguns to be registered for a fee and House Bill 5167 which would tax
ammunition sales, were passed out of a House committee last week by a group of Chicago legislators.
"These bills are simply yet another attempt by
the City of Chicago to dictate policy for the rest of Illinois," Haine stated. "This scathing affront
to the Second Amendment rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners will not
be tolerated. We will work to ensure the defeat of this bill and we welcome the
opportunity to vote down this egregious infringement on our
"These bills do nothing to promote safety.
Criminals won't wait in line to register the firearms they use to commit
crimes," Haine added. "This is just another ill-conceived attempt to
undermine our right to keep and bear arms."
Haine is a proponent of concealed carry and is a
co-sponsor of a bi-partisan measure in the Senate.
"It is time that Illinois joins 49 other states in the Union in allowing responsible citizens to exercise their Second Amendment
rights and protect themselves and their families," Haine said.