Rep. Willis Introduces Measure Prohibit Raffling of Assault Weapons as Prizes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, has introduced legislation that would prohibit organizations from using assault weapons as prices for raffle games.

“In the wake of such deadly shootings as those in Las Vegas and more recently a high school in Florida, we need to step up and do something to enact some common-sense regulations,” said Willis. “This measure is a good step in the right direction to bring some sanity to our gun laws.”

In Illinois, organizations have held raffles to raise money for varying causes by raffling assault weapons as prizes. Under current law, if a raffle for an assault weapon is conducted the winner must possess a valid FOID card, must be 21 years old, must be a law abiding citizen and have a background check conducted.

“The time for action is now, because thoughts and prayers will not stop the next mass-shooting,” said Willis. “We need to say ‘enough is enough’ and act.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.