Liberal Chicago Democrats and their continued assault on common sense individuals rights. Dan needs your vocal, written and financial support. Also, your important vote in November.
The current political make up of Illinois government continues to be difficult,
especially for sportsmen and hunters. Liberal Chicago Democrats are leading our
State and their attitude to infringe on our Second Amendment Rights has not
Lawful gun owners continue to face increased efforts to erode their rights. Year
after year, legislation is proposed to make it more difficult to buy and possess
Legislation has been introduced which would create a state licensing system for
firearm dealers. As you know, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
already licenses firearm dealers. Under this new Illinois system, ALL firearm
owners would be required to register their guns with the Illinois State Police.
Last year, our efforts started to pay off. Licensed conceal carry legislation
was finally heard in a substantive committee, rather than being bottled up.
Unfortunately, the conceal carry bills are assigned to committees made up,
primarily, of anti-Second Amendment Chicago Democrats and was defeated.
Conceal carry legislation has been introduced again this year. I believe if we
keep up the effort, we will have licensed conceal carry in our state at some
point in the not too distant future.
Unfortunately, most lawful gun owners in Illinois do not know about the negative
or positive legislation. They do not know the efforts hard working supporters of
the Second Amendment are putting in.
A number of years ago we launched the 'Committee for Legislative Action' (CLA)
with the express purpose of helping bring sunlight to certain legislative
initiatives. CLA has agreed to help get the word out about the Legislature's
negative and positive efforts in regard to your Second Amendment Rights.
Though a State Senator, I am putting together an 'independent' effort (no tax
dollars will be involved) to encourage other lawful gun owners and hunting
enthusiasts to be involved. We want them to be informed about what is going on
in the halls of the Legislature.
We have identified thousands of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts ALL REGISTERED
TO VOTE IN ILLINOIS, but not engaged in the process. Our assumption is that
these voters will not be supportive of the negative legislation. We need them to
be informed and help in the fight.
Will you join with us by making a contribution to CLA to help fund this
outreach? We are asking you to donate a minimum of $44 to help pay for a roll of
stamps; larger amounts are very welcome and any amount is appreciated.
If you would like to help support CLA and its efforts, you can donate by credit
card at: https://egon.cmititestbank.com/cla/contribute/contribute.asp BE SURE TO
MEMO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION: "Gun" and we will know the specific purpose of
your donation. To contribute by mailing a check, please make it payable to
Committee for Legislative Action (CLA), c/o Senator Dan Rutherford,
220 West Howard Street, Pontiac, IL 61764.
As resources come in, CLA sends an outreach mailing of that many letters. Timing
is very important. Legislation is being considered and reviewed by the General
Assembly right now, as my letter arrives in your mailbox.
Your donation will help us keep you, and others, up to date on Second Amendment
issues in Springfield, first hand, from a Senator actually in the thick of it.
Together, we can make a difference.
220 W. Howard St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
P.S. I asked Barb to send this email to you from her account since I am in
Springfield at the moment.