A Republican lawmaker has introduced a unique bill that he perceives to be a good way to reduce challenges to Illinoisans’ Second Amendment rights. Neil Anderson, R-Moline, introduced a piece of legislation that, if passed, would prohibit other lawmakers from introducing bills to further regulate firearms and ammunition unless the person has received firearms training required under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Act, according to SB173. The legislator must also prove he or she has received range safety officer training and has “a basic knowledge test of calibers and gauges of firearms.” It’s understandable that those who support gun rights would try to protect their interests, but the law Anderson has introduced seems a lot like saying only addicts should be able to introduce laws to combat drug use because of their expertise.

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