Columbus, OH –-(Ammoland.com)- House Bill 1294, introduced by Rep. Edward Acevedo (D- Chicago), would prohibit acquiring new firearms that are classified as “assault weapons.”
The new definition for “assault weapon” would include many commonly used hunting firearms such as semi-automatic shotguns with a thumbhole stock or a pistol grip.
An exemption in the bill would allow a person to possess a so-called “assault weapon” while hunting and traveling to or from hunting. However, this is no relief for sportsmen or gun enthusiasts as the exemption would not include target shooting or the possession of “assault weapons” while at home.
The bill has been passed out of the House Committee on Rules and could be voted on by the full House soon.
“House Bill 1294 would ban many firearms that are commonly used by hunters in the state,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services. “Sportsmen need to call their representatives today to protect their right to own a firearm.”
Take Action! Illinois sportsmen and gun owners should contact their state representatives and ask them to oppose House Bill 1294. Tell them that many firearms commonly used for hunting and target shooting will be banned under the bill. To find your state representative’s contact information, visit www.ussportsmen.org/LAC.
For more information on this and other issues, contact the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance at 614-888-4868 or email [email protected]
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. Visit www.ussportsmen.org.