Today is the day to call your Illinois Representative in Springfield and ask that s/he vote against HB5849.
This bill is designed to undermine a 2009 decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, when it decided last year that the center console in a vehicle fit the requirement as a 'case' (or "container") as proper storage of a firearm in a car. That decision, Illinois v. Diggins, made it possible to carry a gun in your car for your defense. Unloaded, probably, but you could have a clip or speedloader handy, so that you'd be ready and capable of defending yourself within 2-3 seconds.
This bill in the State legislature would requir a "case" to be "designed for the SAFE (emphasis added) transportation of firearms."
This moves the bill language into an impermissible realm of discretion, depending on what a police chief, county sheriff or prosecutor decides is "safe". What kind of case? hard? soft? locked?
To me, "safe" means in my hands, not in the hands of a criminal.
Call today and ask your Representative to vote against HB5849. Then follow up and find out how he or she actually voted!