Kirk Dillard on FOID and Mandatory Sentencing

JailIn reports last week, it was discovered that Kirk Dillard is open to an assault style weapons ban.

Dillard indicated it’s possible he could support the ban depending on how the law was drafted.

“As a dad with young children, I’m concerned about high-capacity weapons and public safety,” Dillard wrote.

Several comments in the reaction to this provided information about another gun related bill sponsored by Sen. Kirk Dillard.  The bill was HB5832.  This bill was passed in April 2010.

DillardSponsorHB5832Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that a first offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon committed with a firearm by a person 18 years of age or older where both: (1) the firearm possessed was uncased, loaded and immediately accessible at the time of the offense; and (2) the person possessing the firearm has not been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card is a Class 4 felony, for which the person shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 3 years.

There were a couple highly unintended consequences to this bill.

  1. If you accidentally forget to renew your FOID card and go hunting.  You could be arrested and go to jail for a minimum of 1 year.
  2. If you come to Illinois for military training at the Great Lakes Naval Base they can’t get a FOID card without asking their mommy and daddy’s permission. If they decide to go hunting without a FOID card, they too could be arrested and go to jail for a minimum of 1 year.

The question is also, how did Bill Brady and Dan Rutherford vote on this bill?  Rutherford joined Dillard in support while Brady did not vote at all.



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Small Business Owner, Education Watchdog, FOIA expert, Founder of For Our Children's Future


  1. It is always interesting how supposedly educated in the Law people support and underwrite legislation that is a direct and outright violation of the Constitution. It is even more amazing that these criminals get elected over and over again by the people.

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