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August 9, 2022

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

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On February 14, 2020

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 Comments
  • Dan
    Posted at 21:30h, 14 February

    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!

  • Dave
    Posted at 21:35h, 14 February

    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

  • Dave
    Posted at 21:43h, 14 February

    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.

  • Jim
    Posted at 23:02h, 14 February

    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?

  • Paul Roper Sr.
    Posted at 08:19h, 15 February

    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!!

  • Curt
    Posted at 09:32h, 15 February

    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.

  • Richard Bazzarone
    Posted at 09:43h, 15 February

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

    • ruhroh
      Posted at 19:07h, 20 February

      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.

  • Dave
    Posted at 09:51h, 15 February

    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.

  • Kris
    Posted at 15:11h, 15 February

    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?

  • Lady Lark
    Posted at 16:23h, 15 February

    Time to leave Illinois if this ever happens!

  • Lady Lark
    Posted at 17:04h, 15 February

    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!

  • Clarence Corky Mezo
    Posted at 20:03h, 15 February

    ‍♂️You just cant fix stupid people.

    • Char
      Posted at 20:01h, 18 February

      Right. But we can vote stupid out.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 20:37h, 15 February

    Not only does the FOID card is used for guns, you need to show a FOID card to buy certain knives.

    • Rick Matheson
      Posted at 23:32h, 16 February

      Wrong. You do not need a good card to buy knives of any kind.

  • Curt Kimbrell
    Posted at 11:17h, 16 February

    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 .

  • Shanon St. Arbor
    Posted at 13:49h, 17 February

    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..

  • Vince Daniels
    Posted at 18:03h, 17 February

    If you like this the keep electing these liberal dumicrats

  • Sara
    Posted at 13:31h, 19 February

    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?!?!

  • voob toob
    Posted at 19:22h, 20 February

    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…

  • Roger
    Posted at 21:20h, 29 February

    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”.

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