- The Washington Times
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Tough questions about gun rights prompted Illinois state Sen. Julie Morrison to taunt a constituent with possible gun “confiscation” policies in the future.

The Illinois State Rifle Association recently shared footage of the Democrat’s mocking response to a town hall participant who asked pointed questions about SB107, legislation that penalizes lawful gun owners with a fine.

“I’m not taking your gun away from you,” the lawmaker told her constituent on June 11. “You just can’t buy any new ones.”

“Unless I pay a fine for each firearm and register them, then I get to keep them,” the questioner replied. “So, if I get to keep it if I pay a fine and register it, then how dangerous is it in the first place and why do I need to pay it at all? Why do you need to try and ban my semi-automatic weapon?”

“Well, you just maybe changed my mind,” Ms. Morrison said. “Maybe we won’t have a fine at all. Maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine.”

“Excellent,” the man said, seemingly content that Ms. Morrison’s legislative ideal was revealed.

“It’s been interesting to see this push-back in Illinois,” NRATV’s Cam Edwards said in response to the exchange, Breitbart reported Wednesday. “Obviously, over the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of counties outside of the Chicago-land area have been very vocal in pushing back. But I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been really impressed by the number of gun owners in northern Illinois … who have been speaking out.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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