SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - Illinois State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Muphysboro) voted no on a gun control legislation that passed anyway. She says the legislation could impact residents right to bear arms.
The legislation known as the “Fix the FOID Act” didn’t make it out of the last Senate session on Friday night.
The law would mandate mandatory fingerprinting for all FOID and CCL applications and renewals (unless the person has previously provided fingerprints) — begins 180 days after effective date.
Bryant says SB 1966 forces unfunded mandates on over-burdened State Police officials, massive increases in fees for FOID applications and Concealed Carry License costs, and forces costly mandates on law-abiding gun owners.
According to Bryant’s office: “It was not called in the Senate. We expect negotiation this Summer. (We are) hoping to craft a bill that will more appropriately deal with the deficiencies identified through investigation after the Aurora shooting.”
“This bill isn’t about stopping crime,” Bryant said. “SB 1966 will strangle the rights of anyone that might want to purchase or transfer a gun for the infinite future,” Bryant said. “Supporters of this legislation aim to make gun ownership too expensive and too big of a pain. Where else in America do we see legislators introducing bills that make followers of the Bill of Rights jump through hoops to enjoy their God-given freedoms?”
The Illinois House passed SB 1966 by 10 votes, However Bryant was not pleased with what she calls unfunded mandates on over-burdened state police officials, increase in fees for FOID applications and concealed carry license costs, and costly mandates on gun owners.
“I have unfortunately seen a lot of gun control bills during my time serving on this particular Committee,” Bryant said. “Today’s House action on SB 1966 is the most aggressive frontal assault on constitutional rights that I have seen to date.”
The bill passed the House 62-52.
The lawmaker says the law will likely be challenged in court.