|Knife Rights’ bill to partially repeal Illinois’ switchblade ban, SB 607, is being heard next Tuesday by the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee.
If you live, work or travel in Illinois, please fill out a Witness Slip form supporting the bill.
Once on the Committee Hearing page, SCROLL DOWN to “Items Posted To Hearing” and CLICK on the “Create Witness Slip” icon for SB 607 (on the far right – outlined in red in the photo of the page below):
Skip section II. REPRESENTATION
In section III. POSITION, CLICK on the RADIO BUTTON for “Proponent”
In section IV. TESTIMONY, CHECK the BOX for “Record Of Appearance Only” unless you intend to actually attend the hearing and want to speak to the Committee in favor of the bill, in which case CHECK the BOX for “Oral.”
Fill out the CAPTCHA box, then CHECK the BOX for “I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement,” and then CLICK the “Create(Slip)” button in the lower right-hand corner.
That’s it, that’s all you need to do.
If you want to attend the hearing in person, it is being held on Tuesday, May 9, starting at 2:30 PM in Room 122B of the Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.
SB 607 allows possession of automatic knives by those who have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card, which allows the individual to purchase firearms and ammunition. This is not a possession with CCW bill, as some have suggested. The bill also allows for manufacture and sale of automatic knives by those not holding a FOID card.
Illinois currently has a complete ban on switchblade (automatic) knives, including manufacture and possession by anyone. Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, in 2013, and remains one of the most restrictive states in terms of Second Amendment rights.
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