Cullerton is going kicking and screaming and not letting Maigan's bill advance. Instead he's pushing his own even worse crap of law. This is despite Maigan telling him no and an angry fight in Cullerton's own caucus.
So if you live in Illinois you really should contact your Senator and tell them No on HB 183, no on any magazine bans and yes on 2193 (see earlier arguments about the cliff and the like).
What the Senate wants to do is remove the good things that Maigan's bill had, especially the preemption.
Now those of you unfamiliar with Ill's machine politics may not grasp what Cullerton is doing.
Cullerton stormed out of the meeting a very unhappy camper, but when you’re going up against the guy who has been Speaker of the House for decades and rules with a pragmatic iron fist, it’s difficult to thwart the Speaker’s will. Defying Madigan can be very “painful” for those who elect to do so. In fact, speaking of elections, those who don’t follow Madigan’s wishes without a “pass” from him might face a difficult time at the next election.That's the level of their hate. As Sebastian points out in his own post.
Apparently, like Darth Vader, they appear to be altering the deal. I would work to kill anything worse than what they offered. What’s likely happening is they realized that while the previous offer wasn’t everything we wanted, it was strategically beneficial to us over the long term. They likely don’t find that acceptable. If you live in Illinois, call your Senators, and make sure they understand that you are not at all happy with this crap. Tell them to oppose Amendment 4 to HB183.
It’s been instructive watching this unfold, because it shows you how committed these people are to the hate. From a political standpoint, they’ve been backed into the corner by the federal courts, and not by us. You can always go back to constituents and tell them your hands were tied, and the court forced us to make those changes. Additionally, you can use weak gun laws forced on you by the courts to deflect blame for your own failures, as Philly politicians are expert at doing. Politically, this wouldn’t really hurt them, yet the obstinance continues. Why? Because they hate us.
These are not the actions of a rational political player. Even one that hates guns should bow to outside reality. See Madigan for some semblance of that.