Following three legislative hearings held in Chicago this month by lawmakers considering a ban on many firearms commonly used by law-abiding gun owners, State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is calling for more committee hearings to be scheduled throughout Illinois to provide residents the opportunity to voice their opinion on the latest firearm ban.
“I am opposed to this legislation as it would ban many firearms commonly used by individuals to protect their family at home and themselves,” said Rep. Meier. “The three hearings held in Chicago this month were not convenient for most Illinoisans to attend. That is why I am asking the committee chairman and House Speaker to schedule more committee hearings to discuss this bill as it will impact most law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in our state.”
In Rep. Meier’s letter to the Chair of the House Judiciary Criminal Committee, the committee tasked with considering the legislation to ban many of the common firearms used by law-abiding citizens, Meier requested at least three additional committee hearings to discuss the firearm ban (House Bill 5855) to be held in the Metro East, Southern Illinois and Central Illinois.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to return for a lame-duck session on Wednesday, January 4th, 2023. Lawmakers could vote on the firearm ban sometime after the New Year upon their return to business.
State Representative Charlie Meier’s letter to request additional committee hearings in opposition to the firearm ban can be viewed here.