LEGISLATIVE NEWS

There are bills in the State Legislature and Congress that affect gun owners and shooting sports. When we get information on these bills we will post it here.

Here are links to Illinois State and Federal legislators so you can contact them to let them know your opinions of these bills:

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Senate Bill SB 1985 - Wildlife CD - Lead Ammunition

On March 16, the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee passed Senate Bill 1985 by a 5-3 vote.  SB 1985 now heads to the Senate floor where it could be heard at any time. Please contact your state Senator and politely urge them to OPPOSE SB 1985. The bill is scheduled for a second reading on March 28, 2017.

SB 1985 would ban the use of traditional lead ammunition while hunting in State parks or protected natural areas.  As we have seen with attempts to ban the use of lead ammunition in other states, arguments in favor of these bans are based on faulty science made by anti-hunting advocates.  It is important to fully understand the facts concerning traditional hunting ammunition so Illinoisans are not misled into adopting a ban that could negatively impact the rich hunting heritage of Illinois.  There has been no sound scientific evidence stating that traditional ammunition is having a population-level impact on any species in Illinois.  To ensure proper conservation of species, wildlife must be managed with a fact-based approach.

There is also a paragraph on page 6 of the bill that would ban the use of suppressors while hunting:

"(s) It is unlawful to use a silencer or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun."


Senate Bill SB 0050 - Suppressors

The Illinois suppressor bill is still active.  Only the scheduled hearings for it were cancelled. This bill would allow the use of suppressors on rifles and pistols for use on the range.

Please call, email, and write your state senator and representative telling them that you support the passage of this bill.

Here is a link to a PDF file from the National Shooting Sports Foundation about suppressors


Hearing Protection Act Needs Your Help

Advancing the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) introduced earlier this month by U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and John Carter (R-Texas). The Hearing Protection Act is strongly supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and will require the active grassroots support of Americans who understand the benefit to gun owners of reducing the long wait time and burdensome paperwork now required for a law-abiding citizen to acquire a suppressor. The long road to eventual passage in the Senate will likely take several months, perhaps years, and is not assured. For that reason, it is not too early to contact your Senators and Congressman to ask them to support the Hearing Protection Act (S.59 in the Senate / H.R.367 in the House). Become informed. See the NSSF factsheet on suppressors. Email your Senators or Congressman today. The NSSF will keep you informed of all developments, but contacting your Senators and Congressman early in the legislative process will help establish that there is a large and growing base for the Hearing Protection Act.


From Todd Vandermyde, NRA-ILA lobbyist for Illinois:

Illinois Senate Bill 9 with Amendment #2

The bill would impose a 5% tax on any membership or access fees for a shooting range or gun club.

That would include: Gun club and hunt club membership, Range access fees (commercial range/gun shops), and range rental fees. There would be a tax on training classes and match fees to the extent they apply to range access and not ammunition or training costs.

The 5% tax is assessed and collected like sales tax. It is imposed on the payment made, charged to the buyer, collected by the vendor, and remitted to the state. Returns would be filed on a monthly basis, though tax revenues under $50 per month would be filed annually and tax revenues under $200 per month would be filed quarterly.

The bill would also require all providers to register with the state and pay an annual registration fee of $75.

The tax applies to a broad category of amusements, and does not singularly target gun clubs. It includes, country clubs, golf, swimming, tennis, fishing and yachting clubs, gym membership, sporting events, movie theaters, live-music venues, etc.

What are the practical effects of this tax:
1. A tax on all gun club memberships
2. A tax on any range rental. Whether individual at a commercial operation or rental for a concealed carry class or a Boy Scout merit badge.
3. A tax on match entry fees
4. A tax on field exercises for hunter education classes that take place on a range
5. A tax on training classes that use ranges. From concealed carry to premier classes offered by Shrek & MacNamara.
6. A tax on hunt club memberships
7. If you are a concealed carry instructor and use a private range, you will have to register, pay the $75 fee and then charge a tax on at least a portion of your class if not all of it and remit it to the State.

Please call your senators and urge them to oppose SB-9 with its taxes on ranges, training and gun & hunting clubs. They will be home all next week in their district offices.

 


 

 

 

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