Following a vote by the Illinois House of Representatives to pass one of the most restrictive gun laws in the county, Senate Bill 1966, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) called it an attack on constitutional rights.
“This latest act of the Illinois Democrats is another example of Illinois government at its worst,” said Skillicorn. “It doesn’t seem to matter to them that the 2nd Amendment is a constitutional right or that SB 1966 does absolutely nothing to improve public safety. Instead, this bill is a clear attack on citizens’ rights meant to push an agenda to make Illinois the most ‘progressive’ state in the country. I would oppose this legislation no matter what and I look forward to the Supreme Court striking down this oppressive law should it be signed by the Governor.”
During debate, Skillicorn questioned the sponsor as to how a database of gun owner fingerprints would stop criminals and the constitutionality of collecting such a database. In addition to mandatory fingerprinting, SB 1966 increases FOID card fees by 400% and cuts the length of FOID cards in half.