Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) issued a statement following his vote against the Democrat’s firearm ban legislation adopted by the House of Representatives after 12:30 am on Friday:
“I voted against the firearm ban pushed through the House tonight because it diminishes our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. If this gun ban becomes law, it could make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners as it will require them to register their firearms that are banned for sale if they want to keep them. Criminals will always find a way to obtain guns illegally. The latest firearm ban is unconstitutional and it will further diminish a law-abiding gun owner’s right to keep and bear arms.
Furthermore, this bill will have ramifications to our state budget with the potential loss of many mom-and-pop gun stores. I’m still not seeing Chicago or their county prosecutor do anything to stop the gang violence in the city. The firearm ban approved tonight won’t prevent the gang violence in the cities across our state, however, it will unfortunately diminish law-abiding gun owners the right to protect themselves and their family at home.”