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They are fighting hard for taking away your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 31 / U.S. Newswire/ -- The following
was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

Earlier this month, the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee
narrowly approved Senate Bill 1195 - the centerpiece of Chicago
Mayor Daley's 2003 gun control package.

Under that bill, law-abiding Illinois firearm owners would have
90 days to surrender their target rifles, muzzle loading deer
rifles, and 12 gauge shotguns to the police for destruction.

The bill's chief proponent, Daley ally Sen. Antonio Munoz
(D-Chicago), claims that Illinois citizens have no legitimate need
to own any of the firearms banned by SB1195.

Although SB1195 cleared the Judiciary Committee over 2 weeks
ago, it has not been called for a vote before the full Senate.
This delay is the direct result of the angry outcry voiced by the
state's gun owners over the bill's gun ban and confiscation
provisions. The public's strong negative reaction to SB1195 has
made many senators think twice about voting for a bill that would
result in the forced confiscation of lawfully acquired private
property.

Knowing that SB1195 stands little chance of passing before the
April 4th deadline, its supporters are desperately trying to write
an amendment that would make the bill more acceptable to moderate
legislators.

Just today, Amendment Number 2 to SB1195 was filed. This "2nd
Amendment" to the bill continues to prohibit law-abiding citizens
from owning certain types of firearms and accessories. Therefore,
SB1195 remains totally unacceptable to the state's law-abiding
firearm owners.

"Daley's people can wordsmith SB1195 all they want," commented
ISRA president Richard Pearson. "But there's absolutely no room
for compromise when it comes to the rights of law abiding citizens.
We'll never support any bill that infringes on the individual right
to keep and bear arms. Likewise, we'll keep a very close eye on
any senator who votes for SB1195 or its amendments."

"We're not going to let Mayor Daley transfer the blame for
Chicago's crime problem from himself to the state's lawful gun
owners," said Pearson.

More on SB 1195

Senate Bill 1195 (SB 1195), sponsored by Illinois Democratic Sen. Antonio Munoz, bans any shotgun that has a bore of .50 caliber or more. It outlaws 10, 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge shotguns and even muzzleloaders. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-4 and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) says even if the clause imposing bore restrictions is fixed, SB 1195 bans any shotgun that has threads inside the end of the barrel. The USSA says that means any shotgun with choke tubes would be illegal. The bill also bans shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than four shells. Illinois citizens would have 90 days to turn in their guns to authorities or face prosecution.

The USSA is encouraging sportsmen to contact their senators and ask them to oppose SB 1195. To find the name of your legislator, call (217) 782-8223 or click on the "Legislative Action Center" link near the bottom, right-hand corner of the USSA Web site, http://www.ussportsmen.org
 
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