SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
It was inevitable – the Mark Kelly/Gabby Giffords medicine show rolled into the Illinois Capitol with a wagon-load of gun control snake oil to peddle to the General Assembly. "Buyer beware" is the ISRA message to legislators who dare answer the call of the gun control faithful.
Mark Kelly – astronaut turned gun control evangelist – adeptly talks out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to the issue of private firearm ownership. On one hand, Kelly claims to be a "gun owner," yet, on the other hand, he lauds Hawaii for that state's supposed control of so-called "gun violence." However, he forgets to mention that very few Hawaiians are even allowed to own firearms. Kelly proudly describes himself as a "supporter" of the 2nd Amendment, yet he is quick to trumpet Hillary Clinton as the candidate with the "best" platform on gun control. Let us not forget that Clinton supports "Australian-style" gun control which, if implemented in the U.S., would effectively nullify the 2nd Amendment. Under the Clinton/Kelly plan, better than 90% of the firearms owned by American citizens would be banned and confiscated. Kelly is nothing short of a slick sideshow hawker bent on exacting penance from law-abiding gun owners.
In recent days, Kelly has been in Springfield stumping for his latest assault on lawful gun owners – the "Gun Dealer Licensing Act." The purpose of this bill is to make it more difficult for lawful citizens to acquire firearms by making it extremely difficult for legitimate firearm dealers to stay in business. If enacted, HB1016 would allow Chicago Machine bureaucrats to harass federally-licensed firearm dealers across the state. Kelly claims that his bill would crack down on so-called "bad apple gun dealers." In reality, Kelly's bill would give lawful firearm retailers a whole host of new regulations and technical requirements to inadvertently violate.
"Legislators would do well to ignore Kelly's dealer harassment scheme," commented ISRA executive director, Richard Pearson. "The legislature has never deemed it necessary to issue state licenses to firearm retailers in the past, and there's certainly no impetus to do so today. It's clear that Kelly and his pals in the general assembly are determined to regulate, intimidate, and eventually eliminate lawful firearm retailers. This type of legislation doesn't sit well with Illinois firearm owners. Any legislator who supports Kelly's scheme will be outed and then subjected to scrutiny by his or her gun-owning constituents."
"We really don't need carpetbaggers like Mark Kelly and his wife popping into Springfield to tell us how to run our state," continued Pearson. "The fact that Kelly and spouse are here to muscle Illinois gun owners is an insult to every citizen of the state. It's time for Kelly and Giffords to pack up their wagon and head back to New Jersey or Arizona or Outer Space or wherever they're claiming to be from these days."
The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.
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SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association