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Opponents say Illinois gun-ban bill misses target

Opponents say Illinois gun-ban bill misses target

December 19, 2022

Opponents of legislation that would ban the sale and ownership of assault-style weapons in Illinois are concerned not only with the scope of the bill, but with the haste they say Democrats are moving it through the legislative process.

Hearings on House Bill 5855, also called the “Protect Illinois Communities Act,” took place Monday and Thursday in Chicago with a third hearing scheduled for Tuesday. As of noon Friday, 13,300 witness slips have been filed in favor of the bill, and 20,693 opposed to the bill. Witness slips for or against it can be submitted at

“I am absolutely 100% opposed to it,” said state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville. “We disagree fundamentally on what the U.S. Constitution says. Some think the Second Amendment was about hunting rights, but they were trying to get away from a king, a tyrant; that was the original purpose of that amendment.”

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“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.”


“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