Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz – $1,000,000.00 of insurance to apply/renew Firearm Owners Identification Card

Springfield (ECWd) –

First, they want to prohibit you from pumping your own gas. Then they want to ban your gas-powered leaf blower.  And just when you think they can’t get any crazier, they now intend on infringing on people’s constitutional rights, however, this one is beyond the imagination, with the exception of State Representative Gong-Gershowitz.

HB-5170 – Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that an applicant for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card or for renewal of that Card must submit to the Illinois State Police that he or she has proof of liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000 for accidental injuries caused by a firearm. Provides that the Illinois State Police may require annual proof of the person’s liability insurance coverage and may suspend a person’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card for failure to maintain that coverage or for failure to provide the Illinois State Police with proof of that coverage. Provides that the proof of liability insurance coverage required under these provisions is required for both an initial application for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and for renewal of that Card.

Note that the proposed legislation does not say gun owners have to have $1,000,000.00 of liability insurance but rather anyone that simply applies for a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID Card).  Representative Gong-Gershowitz may not realize that there are people that have FOID cards that don’t own guns.  Regardless, the intent appears to be clear, make it as difficult as possible for people to exercise their Constitutional Rights.

If passed this legislation would create a financial burden on anyone that simply wants a FOID card, let alone those wanting a gun or to keep their guns.

This is a clear attempt to trample people’s Constitutional Rights to bear arms, both State (State Bill of Rights – Section 22)  and Federal (US Constitution – 2nd Amendment).

We urge everyone to flood the phone lines.

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22 replies »

  1. This is law is going to hit the Chicago area gang-bangers hard in the pocket book… wait, what? They don’t get FOID’s? That would mean they wouldn’t get the required insurance coverage either. Does this qualify as another Chicago “exemption”.

  2. Only a certain kind of stooopid can be elected to the legislature who creates laws that clearly violate the Bill of Rights. There should be a license and insurance policy, with each politician that wants to run for office, to guarantee that they know the Bill of Rights. IF ELECTED, they should have to be SWORN IN under oath to uphold and protect those rights… Oh! wait a minute…

  3. I’ll go along Rep. Gershowitz’s proposed bill just as soon as I get the same 24/7/365 kind of police protection she and the other members of Illinois’ state legislature receive (courtesy of my tax dollars, of course). I keep my firearms loaded at all times,BUT they are also under lock and key in my home. What more do people like her want from us anyway?!?!

  4. I’ve seen stupid but this is really out there.. seems like everyone wants defenseless people so the corrupt government can just walk on them. You people in Congress should be ashamed of how stupid your new bills are. Only a retarded fucking moron of people can concoct these types of senerios. Call yourself legislation for the people I bet to differ all you do is collect a fat salary great health benefits and fuck the American people who pay your salaries. Oh try to put rules back on the corporate assholes who are side stepping the laws and feed your pockets. Legislation is a joke in the US anymore because of the lack of common sense..

  5. Please do not consider infringing on our rights to bear arms. Think about maybe more safety class requirements. If this would happen the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will go broke. I have not thought about leaving our state until now . This is BS .

  6. Rep Gong-Gershowitz defies constitutional law by infringing upon our protected right to keep & bear arms. She is seeking to create a police state. The unlawful proposed state statute in Illinois can not amend the constitution!

  7. Racist laws, what about the law abiding citizens in Englewood, or some of the south suburbs that can’t afford the insurance. Only rich or middle class people should be able to exercise their rights?

  8. I think people without guns should have to take a 1,000,000 dollar policy out and when someone with a gun saves them, they have to pay the gun owner 1,000,000 dollars.

  9. Ok .as soon as she puts a 1000000 million dollar cash bond to keep her honest in public government

    • Politicians should have to put up a $1,000,000 insurance policy against creating useless stooopid legislation that wastes our tax dollars AND violates any US Constitution.

  10. No. Absolutely not. This is b.s. I guess I’m gonna have to be put in the same class as a criminal. The average everyday law abiding citizen cant afford such an insurance policy because the insurance companies are going to steal everyone’s money because under the law they would be allowed to. In my opinion a whole lot of law abiding Illinois citizens are about to become criminals.

  11. Ludicrous thousands of people have to have FOID cards for work in security, couriers, etc.. most making 8-15 dollars an hour get real!! This will never pass!!

  12. and now you know why I am against the legalization of marijuana LMAO! Obviously she is stoned……But seriously, does she not know that there are many single moms packing heat for self protection. C’mon!!! What is it with these people? Win election get a white horse?

  13. Rep Gong-Gershowitz defies constitutional law by infringing upon our protected right to keep & bear arms. She is seeking to create a police state. Your unlawful proposed state statute can not amend the Illinois constitution.

  14. Article One, SECTION 22. RIGHT TO ARMS
    Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.~ (Source: Illinois Constitution.)

    From Black’s Law Dictionary:

    What is POLICE POWER?
    The powers granted by the state constitution to the state government in order to govern, establish, adopt as well as enforce laws that are designed for the protection as well as preservation of the public health. The government also gets the constitutional authority to make use of private property for public usage.

    The communist democrats in the Illinois state legislature are trying to over-regulate and tax away our constitutionally protected RIGHT to keep and bear arms.

    SCOTUS stated the power to tax is the power to destroy a constitutionally protected right. The very reason why government cannot tax religion, churches. The same must apply to the right to keep & bear arms.

    Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz is tyrannically subverting the Illinois constitution and has obvious contempt for our Bill of Rights contained within. Rep Gong-Gershowitz is a freedom stealing tyrant, yet another one from Crook county. We must push forward for a New Illinois

  15. Leave to great state to run even more people out, two of my three children have already fled. Not good folks everyone has a breaking point and this state just keeps creating new ones!