Skillicorn: HB 4117 Would Turn Law-Abiding Citizens into Felons

Today, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) applauded the failure of House Bill 4117 to clear the Illinois House of Representatives. Skillicorn said the overly broad and vague nature of the legislation would have made law-abiding citizens across Illinois felons simply for possessing common firearm modification equipment.

“House Bill 4117, as so often happens, was too hastily and poorly crafted in response to a terrible situation,” said Skillicorn. “Because of this, the bill failed to address the fear it was attempting to protect against and instead would have turned law-abiding citizens into felons had it not failed in the House today.”

HB 4117’s broad scope would have required a FOID card for the purchase of certain common chemical items and outlawed the sale or possession of many basic trigger modification devices. Skillicorn said outlawing so many common trigger modification devices would turn law-abiding citizens across Illinois into felons because some of the most commonly owned firearms frequently use trigger modifications to improve accuracy and safety. Skillicorn, like many other members of the House, expressed serious concerns about these, and other, aspects of the legislation.

“When legislation is being created that impacts our constitutional rights, we need to be sure it is neither excessively broad nor vague so that the rights of Americans are not infringed. To do otherwise would be un-American,” Skillicorn concluded.