During her last session in the Illinois House of Representatives, State Rep. Jeanne Ives voted against what is called “Red Flag” gun control legislation.
The Sunday night that she and Republican primary opponent Evelyn Sanguinette spoke to Algonquin Township Republican Precinct Committeemen, I asked about her reported willingness to support such legislation now that she was running for Congress.
Here is her reply:
“If you want to really solve [the problem of gun violence], you have to look at what [Cook County State’s Attorney] Kim Fox is doing letting two-time defendents out and pleading out gun offenses.
With regard to gun dealer licensing bills, Ives explained that there are problems with five dealers in suburban Cook County.
“If you have a dealer with more than five [violations] in three years, then they should be subjected [to the stricted regulations in the new gun dealer licensing law],” Ives said.
“When I offered a commonsense amendment on the gun dealer licensing
that would apply only to a Federal Firearms Licensee who has been found by the federal or State government to have three or more firearms used in the commission of criminal offenses sold or transferred by the licensee within the 5 years prior to his or her application for certification of his or her license, the Democrats rejected my bill.
“They are not interested in commonsense laws, only laws that hurt law abiding citizens.
She said she was “open” to a Red Flag law “if you can make it very narrow.”
She argued that there should be “due proces within three days” and police “can’t take guns before due process.
“If you narrowly trailored it” and require[d] that complaints be made by “someone very close to that person who knows he’s very dangerous” such legislation would be acceptable.
“It would be a very narrow case,” she concluded, pointing to this National Review article.
She added later, “The Illinois version of the ‘Red Flag law’ is overly broad and unconstitutional in my eyes, as it asks for due process weeks after confiscation.”
Ives opposed all gun legislation presented in Springfield except for a ban on bump stocks, which she voted for.
“All of the legislation would do nothing to take guns out of the hands of criminals,” she explained in an email.