Rep. Terri Bryant Blasts Unconstitutional Gun Control Bill


Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is the ranking minority member and spokesperson on the Illinois House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee. Bryant was appointed to the leadership post this Session, but has served as a member of the Committee before.

“I have unfortunately seen a lot of gun control bills during my time serving on this particular Committee,” Bryant said. “But, today’s passage of SB 1966 through the House’s Judiciary Criminal Law Committee is the most aggressive frontal assault on Constitutional Rights that I have seen to 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.  

“This bill isn’t about stopping crime,” Bryant said. “SB 1966 aims to stifle the rights of anyone that might want to purchase or transfer a gun for the infinite future,” Bryant said. “It is obvious that the sponsor and supporters of SB 1966 want gun ownership to either be too expensive, too much of a hassle, or just plain too embarrassing in the State of Illinois. 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?”

Bryant closed her questioning of the bill’s sponsor by forcefully expressing opposition to the State taxing and regulating poor and middle class US citizens out of being able to afford to exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms.

“We have in rural areas, folks that I represent that really have to have a firearm to protect themselves,” Bryant said. “And, we’re going to require them to come up with money that they don’t necessarily have just to afford to protect themselves? No!”

Ultimately, SB 1966 passed the Committee on a 9-6 strict party-line vote. The legislation now awaits a House Floor vote with just 9 days to go before the House’s scheduled May 31 adjournment. Bryant says the time is now for Second Amendment supporters to exercise their First Amendment Rights.

“Call your legislators and then call the House and Senate Leaders and stand up against this gun-grab, Bryant said. “I will not support this encroachment in to the Constitutional rights of my constituents and fellow Americans. I encourage all 2nd Amendment supporters, all civil liberty supporters, and personal-privacy-protection supporters to call Speaker Madigan, and call the bill’s sponsor and urge that they abandon this all-out gun grab and work with Republicans on bipartisan legislation.”
                                                                            
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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.  


“This bill isn’t about stopping crime,” Bryant said. “SB 1966 aims to stifle the rights of anyone that might want to purchase or transfer a gun for the infinite future,” Bryant said. “It is obvious that the sponsor and supporters of SB 1966 want gun ownership to either be too expensive, too much of a hassle, or just plain too embarrassing in the State of Illinois. 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?”

Bryant closed her questioning of the bill’s sponsor by forcefully expressing opposition to the State taxing and regulating poor and middle class US citizens out of being able to afford to exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms.

“We have in rural areas, folks that I represent that really have to have a firearm to protect themselves,” Bryant said. “And, we’re going to require them to come up with money that they don’t necessarily have just to afford to protect themselves? No!”

Ultimately, SB 1966 passed the Committee on a 9-6 strict party-line vote. The legislation now awaits a House Floor vote with just 9 days to go before the House’s scheduled May 31 adjournment. Bryant says the time is now for Second Amendment supporters to exercise their First Amendment Rights.

“Call your legislators and then call the House and Senate Leaders and stand up against this gun-grab, Bryant said. “I will not support this encroachment in to the Constitutional rights of my constituents and fellow Americans. I encourage all 2nd Amendment supporters, all civil liberty supporters, and personal-privacy-protection supporters to call Speaker Madigan, and call the bill’s sponsor and urge that they abandon this all-out gun grab and work with Republicans on bipartisan legislation.”
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