To help Illinois businesses compete on a level playing field with out-of-state companies, state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, voted to pass legislation allowing valid FOID card holders to purchase mail-order ammunition from suppliers in Illinois, disregarding the Governor’s changes.
“Earlier this year the Illinois House and Senate passed this commonsense legislation with strong majorities to help Illinois businesses retain in-state customers who might otherwise take their business across the border to conveniently purchase ammunition by mail,” Verschoore said. “The Governor in his amendatory veto, turned what was simple, sensible legislation into a completely new legislation, jeopardizing this business-friendly measure.”
State law allows individuals to purchase ammunition through the mail from dealers who operate outside of Illinois, but dealers operating in Illinois are not allowed to mail ammunition to Illinois residents without being in violation of FOID regulations. Under Verschoore’s legislation, lawful gun owners will be allowed to purchase ammunition through mail-orders from dealers in Illinois.
“It is unfortunate that instead of supporting legislation to help Illinois businesses, the Governor attempted to bypass the legislative process and create an assault weapons ban that would infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Verschoore said. “I am pleased that my colleagues and I were able to take this step to remove the roadblocks that are preventing business opportunities in Illinois.”
Senate Bill 681 is backed by the National Rifle Association, Illinois State Rifle Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association. The bill now moves to the full House.
For more information on this legislation, please contact Verschoore’s constituent service office at (309) 558-3612.