Bourne, McMillan announce Second Amendment referenda for General
CARLINVILLE (Aug. 9, 2018) – This week, State Rep. Avery Bourne and State Senate candidate Seth McMillan of Taylorville announced an effort to place an advisory question on the General Election ballot in Macoupin, Montgomery and Christian counties regarding gun legislation.
The question will read, “Should the General Assembly pass any additional legislation that restricts a citizen’s ability to own and possess guns or firearms?” Voters will be able to vote “yes” or “no” on the measure, with a “yes” vote indicating support for additional gun control legislation and a “no” vote indicating opposition to such legislation; both Bourne and McMillan indicate they will vote “no.”
“Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, yet politicians in Springfield keep passing anti-gun legislation that doesn’t crack down on the true cause of gun violence,” said Bourne. “I’ve been proud to stand with law-abiding gun owners in opposing these efforts. This referendum will allow voters, regardless of their opinions on the Second Amendment, to send a direct message to Springfield on where they stand on gun control.”
“The Second Amendment is under attack in Springfield and Andy Manar has been siding with gun-grabbing Chicago Democrats over the law-abiding, gun-owning citizens of central Illinois,” said McMillan. “We need to send a strong message to politicians in Springfield that gun owners vote and we oppose gun control. This referendum is the best way to do it. I will be proudly voting ‘no’ on additional gun control and I urge Manar to do the same.”
Asked for comment, Manar said, “I support protecting Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens.”
Monday morning, Macoupin County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Polo and Bourne submitted petitions containing 1,600 signatures of Macoupin County voters to Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan. The minimum signature requirement to place an advisory referendum on the ballot via petition is 8 percent of the total vote for gubernatorial candidates in the preceding gubernatorial election; for Macoupin County, that minimum is 1,256 signatures. If unchallenged by opponents of the advisory question and certified by Duncan, the question will appear on the ballot for Macoupin County voters in the November General Election.
The Christian County Board approved the referendum unanimously on Tuesday, July 17. The Coordinating Committee of the Montgomery County Board approved the referendum on Tuesday, July 31; the full Montgomery County Board is set to vote on the referendum Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Pictured, from left, are Macoupin County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Polo, Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan and State Rep. Avery Bourne.