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Legislation

Why Do GUNOWNERS Need a Lobbyist?

The Illinois General Assembly is made up of 177 men and women with backgrounds that range from lawyers, realtors, school teachers, farmers, mayors, members of the military or full-time public servants. No single legislator is an expert on the thousands of bills that pass across their desk every year. In fact, most legislators become experts on only a handful of subjects, be it the state budget, health care, agriculture, or local government. The role of the ISRA lobbying team is to provide the expertise to these 177 men and women on the 2nd Amendment and related subjects. As lobbyists we are educators as much as we are persuaders. Because of the wide variety of backgrounds of legislators, we spend hours daily educating legislators and staff on the issues important to the ISRA membership and the potential effect that various bill might have. We work to break down complicated issues into smaller understandable parts and provide accurate and timely information to these decision makers.

Our job requires us to review and analyze each of the 4,000-7,000 bills introduced each legislative session to determine the impact, if any, they might have on our interests. We also review thousands of amendments to bills, always on the lookout for a bill that begins innocently as something we don’t care about only to be amended to restrict your 2nd Amendment rights. In addition to reviewing, analyzing and responding to legislation, the ISRA lobbying team examines Administrative Rules that are proposed to implement laws. The ISRA lobbying team has spent countless tedious hours analyzing proposed Administrative Rules, meeting with legislators and staff on the Proposed Rules and preparing comments on the Rules.

While being a lobbyist is a daunting, costly, time-consuming task, it is imperative the ISRA provide this service to its members.  As an ISRA member you can be assured that your Second Amendment rights are well represented in Springfield.

102nd General Assembly Representatives

Here is contact information for all Illinois Representatives serving in the 102nd General Assembly. The addresses & phone numbers for the district offices are provided, as well as those in Springfield. This information is from the Illinois General Assembly website and links to current info.

Remember, when you talk with your legislator’s assistant, please be courteous; they are there only to take messages and to tabulate the number of pro and anti-gun opinions.

Email: Some of you may look at this list and question its completeness if you don’t see an email address for your representative. Many of the legislators now list email addresses in this info. However, the current ISRA position is that email is not as effective as a phone call or snail mail in registering opinion with your legislators. You may want to send email, but please also follow that up with a phone call. If you’re not sure who your legislators are this session, you can look them up on-line.

For a link to all of the members of the Illinois General Assembly and their information click here

Illinois 102nd General Assembly Senators

Here is contact information for all Illinois Senators serving in the 102nd General Assembly. The addresses & phone numbers for the district offices are provided, as well as those in Springfield.   This information is from the Illinois General Assembly website and links to current info.

If you’re not sure who your legislators are this session, you can look them up on-line. Remember, when you talk with your legislator’s assistant, please be courteous; they are there only to take messages and to tabulate the number of pro and anti-gun opinions.

Email:  The current ISRA position is that email is not as effective as a phone call or snail mail in registering opinion with your legislators.  You may want to send an email, but please also follow that up with a phone call.

Senate Members:  For a link to all of the members of the Illinois General Assembly and their information click here

How Does the ISRA Advocate for You?

The ISRA is hard at work advocating for Gun Owners every time the Legislature is in session.  We spend a great deal of time and money carrying your opinions and defending your rights before our State Congress.

How Our Legislature Works

Informational Videos

ISRA: Support

ISRA: Oppose

ISRA: Monitor

“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”

SUSAN B. ANTHONY

“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe or to prevent the people of the United States from keeping their own arms.”

Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution THEY don’t like.”

Alan Dershowitz

“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”

Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997