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February 26, 2004

Head's up for Illinois gun owners.

Ya'll might want to come to turret defilade and start firing off the letters. I dunno if this is an annual ritual for you guys or if this is new. No, I don't know what what "...and any one of five additional characteristics" references.

Illinois Senate Bill 2561 Would Outlaw Virtually All Semiautomatic
Firearms -- And Would Seize The Guns You Now Own!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

February 26, 2004

Just when it seems likely that Congress may sunset the
unconstitutional federal ban on new semiautomatic firearms, anti-gun
members of the Illinois Senate in Springfield are pushing
legislation that would make Washington, D.C., look pro-gun by

Illinois Senate Bill 2561, sponsored by anti-gun zealot Senator
Antonio Munoz, would outlaw virtually all semiautomatic firearms --
whether or not covered by the federal ban -- and would require that
all banned guns be immediately relinquished.

What would be banned under the Illinois law? Under section 5 of the
bill, banned firearms would include:

* any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine of any size
and any one of five additional characteristics;

* any semiautomatic pistol with a detachable magazine of any size
and any one of five additional characteristics;

* any semiautomatic shotgun with a folding or telescoping stock, a
protruding pistol grip, a fixed magazine capacity exceeding five
rounds, or an ability to accept a detachable magazine.

After 90 days, possession of all of these firearms would be
outlawed. If you fail to turn in, remove, or incapacitate your
semiautomatic firearm, the police could come and seize your firearm
-- at gunpoint, in the presence of your family -- and you would be
guilty of a Class 3 felony and subject to imprisonment.

ACTION: Contact your state senator. Tell him or her to oppose the
unconstitutional gun ban contained in Illinois Senate Bill 2561. A
roster of senators and phone numbers, as well as a pre-written
message, appear below. If you do not know your district, you can
find it at by
plugging in your zip code. Note: Illinois state senators do not
normally maintain public e-mail addresses.