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