Senator Sullivan strongly opposes Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to create a statewide registry for handguns. Emanuel's proposal mirror's a plan already in place in Chicago that requires gun owners to register each gun for a fee and to renew that license every five years for an additional fee.
“I will continue to fight for the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms—a right protected by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” said Senator Sullivan. “And I will work diligently to stop Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s anti-gun legislation.”
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From the Illinois State Senate
State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 09, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION: (217) 782-0663
Sullivan: Chicago gun registry not right for the rest of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) strongly opposes a plan announced today by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to create a statewide registry for handguns. Emanuel’s proposal mirrors gun ordinances currently in effect in Chicago that require handgun owners to register each gun (for a fee) and renew the license every five years (for an additional fee).
“This law is excessive, especially given the fact that under current law in Illinois, gun owners already must obtain a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card that requires a gun owner’s name, address and a background check,” said Sullivan. “And the fees for a registration certificate could be financially burdensome for people who own several guns.”
Ironically, Senator Sullivan and many of his downstate colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been working to pass a “concealed carry” bill in Springfield. Illinois is the only state in the nation that does not have some form of “concealed carry,” and the Mayor of Chicago’s statewide registry proposal would be a step in the opposite direction.