Following the Senate passage of House Bill 218, Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement:
“Gun violence is a public health epidemic, and those who encourage unlawful use of a firearm or target sales of firearms to minors worsen the scourge of gun violence in our communities. This legislation finally protects Illinoisans from predatory actions by the firearms industry. My thanks and congratulations to Attorney General Raoul, Senate President Harmon, and Representative Gong-Gershowitz for championing this bill. I intend to sign this bill into law and clarify the Attorney General’s ability to hold reckless manufacturers and advertisers accountable for their actions.”
The bill makes firearms manufacturers and dealers subject to the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, restricting them from using certain marketing strategies.
“The Firearm Industry Responsibility Act, House Bill 218, is designed to hold gun manufacturers accountable and ensure that families devastated by gun violence have a path to justice in Illinois civil courts,” Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, the bill’s lead sponsor, said during floor debate.
Manufacturers and others involved in the firearms industry will be held civilly liable if they market any firearm, accessory or component to people under the age of 18 or in a way that appears to support or encourage unlawful militia activity.