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NRA lobbyist breaks Illinois law, helps change it

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  • Todd Vandermyde, the powerful Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said he was only exercising his rights as a citizen when he intervened to push legislation to loosen restrictions on transporting crossbows and enlisted the House Republican leader to tighten authority for police to enter private land.

      Todd Vandermyde, the powerful Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said he was only exercising his rights as a citizen when he intervened to push legislation to loosen restrictions on transporting crossbows and enlisted the House Republican leader to tighten authority for police to enter private land.
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The powerful lobbyist for the National Rifle Association is helping rewrite an Illinois law he broke.

Todd Vandermyde tells the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1iZQ9n3) he was only exercising his rights as a citizen when he intervened.

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Vandermyde was ticketed by Illinois conservation police officers and fined $120 in December for having a loaded crossbow on an ATV on private land.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy -- a Chicago Democrat who has clashed with Vandermyde over guns -- says if she tried to change state law because of a ticket, "people would be screaming bloody murder."

A bill allowing uncased crossbows while driving cleared the House and awaits Senate action. An initiative that curbs police officers' ability to enter private land -- sponsored by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin -- awaits a House vote.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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