NRA Voices Concern Over Illinois Gun Bill to Increase Penalties for Gun Crimes

Post Date: October 18, 2013

( — Everyone agrees that the level of gun-related violence in Chicago is unacceptable.  The question is, what can lawmakers do about it?  

From Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s perspective, along with innovative police strategies and community outreach, increasing penalties for gun crimes is one way to save lives and curb the violence in the Windy City.

However, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action sees HB 2265 as being problematic for law-abiding gun owners, arguing that it leaves the door open for them to be unfairly prosecuted.

“If passed and enacted into law, HB 2265 could subject a new Illinois resident carrying a firearm for self-defense who may be unfamiliar with the state’s strict gun control laws to an overly harsh multi-year prison sentence,” wrote the NRA-ILA in a press release.  Read more