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    Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Put Deer Herd Under Local Control
    Local control gives anti's the edge

    September 14, 2007 (Illinois)

    A new Illinois law will endanger hunting by stripping the Department of Natural Resources of its authority to regulate deer populations.

    On Aug 28, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed HB 3425. The provision will allow local governments to manage deer herds using methods other than hunting. A local government that conducts a DNR-approved study of alternative deer population controls in addition to hunting may now unilaterally implement the alternative methods deemed useful.

    “There is great danger in a law that diverts wildlife management decision-making away from the state, which has the resources and expertise to make such decisions,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. “Putting wildlife in the hands of local governments makes it easier for anti-hunters to strike against hunting, not to mention the fact that it creates a patchwork approach that will cripple successful wildlife management.”

    House Bill 3425 creates a slippery slope. Today, the call is for local control of deer herds, but anti-hunters will run with the concept and advocate local management of all hunting and trapping.

    House Bill 3425 passed the House of Representatives on April 17, by a vote of 70 to 40. It passed the Senate on May 31, by a vote of 33 to 23.
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella

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    Deadly Weapons Dealers’ Ordinance Could Prove Deadly to

    Deadly Weapons Dealers’ Ordinance Could Prove Deadly to Gun Owners.
    Cook County voters should act now!
    January 28, 2008 (Illinois)

    Chicago-area residents should take note of a series of measures recently proposed, by Commissioners Larry Suffredin and William M. Beavers, which would prohibit gun shows, while shutting down numerous firearm dealers.

    Two of the measures, known as the “Deadly Weapons Dealer Control” ordinances, would prohibit firearms dealers from operating within 10 miles of another gun store, even across county lines. One of the proposals would even increase that distance to 15 miles! The ordinances will prove deadly for numerous Chicago area businesses, including the newly opened Cabela's retail store at Hoffman Estates, putting at risk hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the local economy.

    In addition, the measures would limit the number of guns a person could buy in a month, require the registration of all firearms and firearms owners in Cook County, and prohibit the transportation of a firearm in any motor vehicle unless the gun is disassembled into a non-functioning state.

    Take Action! Cook County, Illinois voters should contact the commissioner’s office at 312-603-6127 to voice their opposition to these measures.
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella


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      llinois Bill Forces Firearm Owners to Get $1 Million In

      llinois Bill Forces Firearm Owners to Get $1 Million Insurance Policy Legislation Increases Costs to Law Abiding Residents

      A new Illinois bill represents another assault on the rights of law-abiding firearm owners in the state by forcing them to maintain a $1 million liability insurance policy or risk losing the right to own a firearm.

      Most individuals in Illinois, with some exceptions, must obtain a “Firearm Owner’s Identification Card” to legally own a firearm. House Bill 687, sponsored by Representative Kenneth Dunkin (D- Chicago), would force all of those individuals to obtain a $1 million liability insurance policy. This policy would cover any damages that take place from the use of a firearm owned by the individual.

      The bill also authorizes the Department of the State Police to revoke and seize the identification card from any firearm owner that does not supply proof of the liability coverage to the Department.

      Finally, not only will HB 687 increase the cost of lawfully purchasing a firearm, language in the bill puts owners at risk of liability should their firearm be lost or stolen. The bill states that a person shall be considered an owner until they report any stolen or lost firearms to their local police or sheriff’s department. This means that an owner could be held liable if a firearm is stolen or lost and used prior to their knowledge.

      “This is terrible legislation that will harm Illinois’ sportsmen community. Not only will the bill make it cost prohibitive for many to own firearms, it also runs the risk of criminalizing innocent owners,” stated U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance senior vice president, Rick Story.
      Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella