Hundreds of gun owners rally at Illinois Statehouse

(The Center Square) – Illinois gun owners rallied at the state capitol to show their displeasure with the state’s gun laws, and express hopes for success in the courts.  

In January 2023, Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted a ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms. The measure faces federal lawsuits. Thursday in Springfield, the Illinois State Rifle Association hosted Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day where Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb was the keynote speaker. 

After addressing the crowd at a convention, Gottlieb told The Center Square Illinois is key to impacting gun laws in other states. 

“Because the anti-gun people in the state of Illinois, the politicians, keep passing more and more anit-gun laws which allows Illinois to take things to court and get court victories and decisions that create precedence in all the other 49 states,” Gottlieb said. 

He said gun control advocates are using rhetoric like “assault weapon” and “weapons of
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