Harms concerned about Chicago and guns

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Josh Harms, Republican candidate for the new 106th house district, spoke out in opposition to Chicago’s attempt to take away gun rights.

“With the start of a new legislative session, Chicago politicians, once again, are trying to take away our right to keep and bear arms. They have introduced 3 bills designed to take away your rights," Harms said.

He pointed to:

• House Bill 1294 which would ban the possession, sale, manufacture or delivery of semi-automatic assault weapons and their attachments and also ban .50 caliber rifles and .50 caliber ammunition

• House Bill 1599, which adds new and enhanced penalties for possessing a semi-automatic weapon or high-caliber ammunition if arrested for another offense

• House Bill 1855 which allows for criminal penalties and the revocation of a gun owner’s FOID card for failing to report a lost or stolen weapon to the police within 72 hours

Harms said, “I oppose these bills! There are already enough gun laws on the books. Chicago has even more gun laws than the rest of the state does. If gun laws are good than why does Chicago have such a high crime rate? Gun laws don’t stop crime. When we outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. We need to block gun laws that restrict our rights and pass concealed carry. Illinois is the only state in the union that will not allow a person that passes a safety course to carry a concealed gun. The time for concealed carry in Illinois is now!”