State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) fought legislation this week that would have turned law-abiding citizens into felons just for possessing common firearm modification equipment.

“This legislation was overly broad and vague,” said Rep. Halbrook. “It’s another example of a poorly and hastily drafted bill trying to take advantage of a tragic event that would make good people into criminals. I am happy to be a part of the defeat of this bad legislation!”

The broad scope of House Bill 4117 would have required a FOID (Firearms Owner ID) card for the purchase of certain common chemical items and outlawed the sale or possession of many basic trigger modification devices. Outlawing so many common trigger modification devices would turned law-abiding citizens across Illinois into felons because some of the most commonly owned firearms frequently use trigger modifications to improve accuracy and safety. Halbrook joined many other members of the House expressing serious concerns about these, and other, aspects of the legislation.

Illinois already has the 4th most restrictive gun laws in the US, according to the Cato Institute and 60% of the guns used to commit crimes in Chicago from 2009 – 2013 originated OUTSIDE of Illinois.
 House Republican Leader Jim Durkin announced today that State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) has been appointed to the Agriculture & Conservation Committee in the Illinois House of Representatives effective immediately.

“I’m pleased to be appointed to the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee, serving Illinois’ largest industry,” said Rep. Halbrook. “Many families are tied to farming and agricultural jobs and we need to be sure that public policy continues to recognize this and support a strong, healthy agricultural industry.”

Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans, corn and swine. The state's climate and varied soil types enable farmers to grow and raise many other agricultural commodities, including cattle, wheat, oats, sorghum, hay, sheep, poultry, fruits and vegetables. Illinois also produces several specialty crops, such as buckwheat, horseradish, ostriches, fish and Christmas trees.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS), as of February 2017, Illinois had 72,200 farms. Illinois farmland covers nearly 27 million acres -- about 75 percent of the state's total land area. Most farm acreage is devoted to grain, mainly corn and soybeans. Nearly 10 percent of Illinois farms have swine. Beef cows are found on about 23 percent of farms, while about 3 percent have dairy cows. Some farms produce specialty crops and livestock, including alfalfa, canola, nursery products, emus and fish. Many farming operations also support recreational activities such as hunting and fishing.

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R- Shelbyville), announced today that his district office operations has saved the taxpayers of Illinois $15,998.61 and will be returning that amount back.

“I think that government bureaucracy has grown too large and spends too much of our residents’ hard-earned money,” declared Rep. Brad Halbrook, a small businessman and member of the Cities & Villages Committee as well as the Counties & Townships Committee in the Illinois House. “I feel that I need to continue to set an example and make cuts in spending if I am expecting other government entities to do the same.”

Rep. Halbrook established shorter hours of operations in his district office while maintaining the Springfield staff Monday through Friday. Though his district includes all or parts of seven central Illinois counties reaching to the Indiana border, Halbrook feels that constituent concerns can be handled efficiently with the increased use of technology.

“Most people can reach the office through phones and emails today and the volume of postal mail is not what is used to be,” added Halbrook. “Also, constituents can stay apprised of what is going on in Springfield through my web blog at RepHalbrook.com and through social media like Facebook.”