State Representative John M. Cabello, R-Machesney Park, issued the following statement today after the Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Bill 1966, legislation to require mandatory fingerprinting of all FOID card and concealed carry license (CCL) applications and renewals, among other changes to state law:
“The answer to government’s failure is not more government, and that’s exactly what this bill does. What the sponsors of the bill fail to acknowledge is that criminals by their very nature don’t abide by the law. This bill targets law-abiding gun owners by charging them more and infringing on their constitutional rights; yet does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or dangerous persons. I am a firm believer that we should have teachers and more law enforcement officials in schools that will be able to defend our students. We also need to do a much better job of funding mental health, because that will help to curb the problems that many incidents of gun violence begin with. Law enforcement can’t be everywhere and they can’t be everything. Simply put, this bill will not prevent future mass shootings.”
Senate Bill 1966 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 62-52.
Representative Cabello serves the 68th District, which includes portions of Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park and Cherry Valley.