Are you following HB0997 in the Illinois House of Representatives? This is Rep. Brandon Phelps' bill about concealed carry, now sponsored by 45 Representatives (out of 118).
The bill has moved from the Rules Committee to the House Judiciary Committee. Note that the Judiciary Committee is addressing more than just concealed carry. Can you be in Chicago at 10:00AM on Friday?
From the Illinois State Rifle Association comes the following announcement:
"The Illinois House Judiciary Committee has announced a pair of hearings on proposals to eliminate 2nd Amendment rights here in Illinois. Information on these two committee hearings is as follows:
"1. Tuesday, 19 February, at Noon in Room 114 of the State Capitol Building, Springfield.
"2. Friday, 22 February, at 10:00 AM, Room 600, Bilandic Building, 160 North LaSalle St., Chicago
"During each of these hearings, committee members will be debating just how they plan to eliminate private firearm ownership in Illinois. They will certainly be discussing means to ban and confiscate 85% of the firearms currently owned by Illinois citizens. They will also be discussing how to confiscate magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Other topics of debate will also include universal licensing and registration, shutting down gun shows, and restricting concealed carry.
"It is critically important that law-abiding firearm owners flood both committee meetings. Otherwise, anti-gunners will take control of the meetings with disastrous results for freedom loving citizens. Be sure to get to the meeting rooms at least a half hour early to ensure that you get a seat. Be sure to wear IGOLD shirts and hats. If you see members of the media there, approach them and tell them you are a law-abiding gun owner and you do not support further gun control.
"If you cannot attend either of these meetings, they please complete an on-line witness slip for each meeting by going to these two sites:
Witness Slip for February 19 hearing and Witness Slip for February 22 hearing