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    Illinois House rejects ban on firearms

    From SJ-R Online

    By Doug Finke

    A bill to ban the devices that increased the firepower of the Las Vegas shooter fell short in the Illinois House Thursday.

    The House voted 48-54 to ban devices known as bump stocks, which are used to greatly increase the rate of fire of weapons. House Bill 4117 needed 71 votes to pass.

    Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was in possession of several of the devices when he fired into a crowd killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others.

    “Bump stocks do not have a legitimate purpose,” said sponsoring Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines. “The only function of bump stocks is to quickly kill as many people as possible.”

    However, gun rights proponents from both parties said Moylan’s bill went too far. In addition to banning bump stocks, the proposal would ban weapons that had trigger modifications that increased their rate of fire. Several representatives said that competitive shooters often modify the triggers of guns to fire faster in timed competitions.

    “With this bill, you’re turning law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville.

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  • WLDS Davidsmeyer, Republicans file bill to stop taxpayer-funded abortions

    By Blake Schnitker on October 17 at 7:27am

    Among the group of Illinois Republicans fighting back against the recent legislation that funds abortions through taxpayer money is local State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer.

    On Friday, Davidsmeyer and colleagues of his party filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in an attempt to repeal House Bill 40 and disallow taxpayer-paid elective abortion in Illinois.

    Davidsmeyer explains what House Bill 40 did for Illinois, and why he and his colleagues are now filing this bill.

    “House Bill 40 that was recently signed into law made us the first state in the nation that has a law that says the state will pay for abortions. The reality, whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, is that we all know the state of Illinois is broke. Over seventy percent of the citizens of the state of Illinois have said that taxpayers should not be funding abortion, the state should not be paying for it. So that’s what this bill does; it reverses (a portion of House Bill 40) and takes it back to what we were about a month ago,” says Davidsmeyer.

    The Jacksonville-based Representative says he objects to taxpayer-funded abortions not just morally, but also financially.

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  • Davidsmeyer Files “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

    State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and his Republican colleagues have filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which will repeal taxpayer-paid elective abortions in Illinois.

    “House Bill 4114 prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent on elective abortions,” said Davidsmeyer.

    With the signing of House Bill 40, Illinois became the first state in the nation to legalize taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

    “The number one issue that constituents have been discussing with me as I travel the district is the travesty and unprecedented - first in the nation - taxpayer-paid abortions,” said Davidsmeyer. “I morally cannot justify why taxpayers should be forced to cover the cost of abortions in our state.”

    Over 35,000 abortions occurred in Illinois in 2015 according to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

    “It is estimated that Illinois could spend between $30 million to $60 million covering elective abortions through Medicaid. Illinois politicians should not force taxpayers to spend more money - especially when it comes to state-sponsored abortions,” said Davidsmeyer.

    Davidsmeyer’s legislation, House Bill 4114, mirrors the federal Hyde Amendment, which only allows for abortions in the case of rape, incest and the life endangerment of the mother.

    “I have a fiscal and moral obligation to fight to ensure that taxpayers will not be forced to pay for abortions, especially when Illinois has a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Abortion is wrong and I hope Speaker Madigan calls this legislation for an immediate vote during veto session later this month.”

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  • Rep. Davidsmeyer Urges Governor to Veto Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Bill

    State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is urging Governor Rauner to veto legislation that would vastly expand access to elective, taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois.

    “This week the Illinois Senate transmitted House Bill 40 to Governor Rauner for final action. HB 40 will expand abortions on demand and require taxpayers to pay up to $60 million more every year in Medicaid costs for this life-ending procedure,” said Rep. Davidsmeyer.

    Representative Davidsmeyer voted ‘NO’ on House Bill 40 back in April, but the bill narrowly passed the House and Senate and was transferred to the Governor’s desk this week.

    “I am morally opposed to abortion and the taking of innocent life. Likewise, I see no reason why Illinois should spend $60 million more every year for elective abortions when we already owe $16 billion in unpaid bills to our hospitals, health care providers and social services,” said Davidsmeyer.

    “It is hard to think that with as much money and research that we put into saving lives and caring for our most vulnerable citizens, we would work to expand a life-ending procedure at taxpayers’ expense. Now is not the time to be spending more money to expand abortion. I remain strongly opposed to this legislation and again call on the Governor to veto HB 40.”

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  • Davidsmeyer to seek re-election as 100th District State Rep.

    JACKSONVILLE, IL – State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) has announced that he is running for re-election as State Representative for the 100th House District.

    “Today, I am announcing my intent to continue to fight for the people of west central Illinois as your State Representative. After talking with friends and constituents, I have been encouraged by the number of people asking me to continue to serve. As your voice in Springfield, I am working hard to bring fiscal responsibility and conservative principles back to Illinois,” said Rep. Davidsmeyer.

    As our State Representative, C.D. Davidsmeyer opposed wasteful spending and repeatedly voted against the Democrats’ unbalanced budgets. He authored legislation to cut politicians’ pay if Illinois’ bills are not paid and voted to block legislative pay raises.

    “Despite the recently-passed state budget, Illinois still has nearly $15 billion in unpaid bills. We’ve got to do more to cut spending and pay our bills on time. We need to protect social services for our most vulnerable citizens. To help balance the budget, I support meaningful welfare reforms, including putting a stop to taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants,” said Davidsmeyer.

    As a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights, C.D. Davidsmeyer sponsored and helped pass the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (P.A. 98-063), making Illinois the final state to allow Concealed Carry for its citizens.

    “I fought to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in Illinois, by passing Concealed Carry for responsible gun owners. I worked to ensure that veterans received credit for their weapons training. My office has assisted hundreds of constituents with their Concealed Carry License and FOID Card applications,” added Davidsmeyer.

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