Illinois State Secretary prohibited large gatherings of people in the State Capitol to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The prohibition came into effect just when Illinois gun rights advocates were preparing to converge for a citizen's lobby day to advocate for more gun rights.
"Permits for all scheduled tours of the Illinois State Capitol Building and all events scheduled to take place at the Capitol Building have been canceled," The State Secretary's office message read. "In addition, lobbyists who have lobby days or other events at the Capitol Building are being encouraged to alert them to these cancellations."
The gun-rights lobby day event organizer and the Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director, Richard Pearson, concurred with the official statement that they had to cancel the event, which was to take place on April 1, 2020.
"I think about all these disabled people who come in there that aren't healthy anyway," Pearson said. "I can understand why they did it, you know."
However, plans to hold the gun rights lobby day later are still under consideration. The organizers plan to have the event take place on May 13, 2020. Pearson urged the Second Amendment rights supporters to lobby their representatives virtually. He argued gun lovers to email politicians and call them on their telephones.
Another lobby day organizer of the biker group ABATE of Illinois, Josh Witkowski, urged the activists to visit their lawmakers in their offices during the spring break. Witkowski said face-to-face interaction was preferable to virtual lobbying. He noted that personal interaction had been responsible for many useful pieces of legislation. The bicker group organizer added that physical presence made a better impression than a phone call or an email conversation.
Apart from Democrats' obsession with taking advantage of every situation to limit people's rights, it appears that COVID-19 is also a significant barrier towards citizens' rights to hold rallies in support of the Second Amendment.
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