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Chicago Restrictions To Gun Ranges Ruled Unconstitutional

The City of Chicago lost yet another court battle versus gun “rights.” From a news release yesterday on the website of the Second Amendment Foundation:

A three-judge panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today handed the Second Amendment Foundation a victory in its challenge of firearms regulations in the City of Chicago, striking down a zoning provision, reversing an earlier ruling that upheld “distancing” restrictions for gun ranges, and reversing an earlier ruling that upheld certain age restrictions.

Writing for the court, Judge Diane S. Sykes noted, “To justify these barriers, the City raised only speculative claims of harm to public health and safety. That’s not nearly enough to survive the heightened scrutiny that applies to burdens on Second Amendment rights.”

“We are delighted with the outcome of this lengthy case,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The extremes to which the city has gone in an attempt to narrow its compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago can only be described as incredible stubbornness. In the 6½ years since the high court ruling in our McDonald case, the city has had ample opportunity to modify its regulations. Instead, Chicago has resisted reasonableness.

“We had already sued Chicago successfully to knock down its outright ban on gun ranges within the city,” he recalled. “Then they adopted new regulations that included the zoning, distancing and age restrictions that we contested in this legal action, known as ‘Ezell II.’

“The city tried to severely limit where shooting ranges could be located, and they failed,” he continued. “The city put up arguments about the potential for gun theft, fire hazards and airborne lead contamination, and they failed. Even the judge’s opinion today noted that the city had ‘produced no evidentiary support for these claims beyond the speculative testimony of three city officials.’ This nonsense has got to stop

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The “nonsense” Gottlieb speaks of is well-documented on the Chicago Tribune website this morning. From the Associated Press article:

Chicago has suffered a string of defeats in its efforts to restrict guns, which top officials have cited as a major reason for a sharp rise of violence in the city.

The U.S. Supreme Court forced the city to rewrite its firearms ordinance in June 2010, which had banned the ownership of guns in the city. In response, the city came up with an ordinance outlawing the sale of firearms in the city.

A judge ruled in 2014 the city’s ban on gun shops violated the Constitution.

Chicago imposed a blanket ban on shooting ranges in 2010. The Court of Appeals struck down the ban in 2011, prompting the city council to pass ordinances accomplishing the same thing. The Second Amendment Foundation and others took the city to court over the ordinances in 2014.

Sounds like City Hall could really use a refresher course on the U.S. Constitution.

Plus, how much more of the taxpayer dime was blown on this latest anti-Bill of Rights legal activity?

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Associated Press. “Appeals court rules restrictions to gun-ranges in Chicago are unconstitutional.” Chicago Tribune. 19 Jan. 2017. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-gun-range-restrictions-20170118-story.html). 19 Jan. 2017.

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Maxon’s Gun Shop, Range Coming To DuPage County?

The last time I blogged about Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in the near-northwest suburb of Des Plaines, I was congratulating them back in February 2015 on receiving a prestigious Five Star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

These days, Maxon’s is in the local news for their proposed expansion into DuPage County, Illinois. Erin Hegarty reported on the Chicago Tribune website on November 23:

Preliminary plans have been proposed for an indoor shooting range and gun shop in Warrenville, just across the street from Naperville on Ferry Road.

Naperville resident Dan Eldridge already owns the Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in Des Plaines. Building a second location in Warrenville was a necessity because he needs more classroom space, he said, but it will also fill a void for this type of business in the western suburbs.

“This would allow us to grow in an underserved area in Chicagoland,” Eldridge said.

The new location on 7-plus acres at 30W255 Ferry Road will serve residents in Warrenville, Naperville and Aurora – a market that lacks facilities for shooting classes and practice ranges, he said. Its proximity to Route 59 and Interstate 88 will allow them to attract shooting enthusiasts from as far as 20 to 30 miles away, he said…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

According to Hegarty, Maxon’s owner figures the new facility would employ about 25 full- and part-time workers.

You can read the entire article on the Chicago Tribune website here. And for more information about Maxon’s, head on over to their site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016 Firearms, Hunting, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports, Training Comments Off on Maxon’s Gun Shop, Range Coming To DuPage County?

Illinois Gun Dealers Under Legislative Attack

Here’s the latest anti-gun “end-around” being attempted in the state of Illinois. From the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action website Monday:

Last week, state Representative Kathleen Willis filed House Amendment 8 to House Bill 1016, another anti-gun amendment that seeks to over-regulate gun dealers and impose restrictions that could potentially force gun stores to close. House Bill 1016 has been sent to the House floor and could be considered at any time. Your NRA-ILA continues to outright oppose House Bill 1016 and any anti-gun amendment proposed. Please continue to contact your state Representative and politely urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 1016.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) licenses and closely monitors all FFLs and strictly enforces any violations of federal law. HB 1016 goes far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that it would almost assuredly force the closure of most firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones. This legislation seeks to create so many department divisions, anti-gun 5-member licensing boards, and licensing fees that dealers would be forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or would be priced out of business…

The NRA-ILA offers opponents of HB 1016 a way to take action via their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Hunting, Legal, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports Comments Off on Illinois Gun Dealers Under Legislative Attack

FBI Issues Terrorism Alert Mentioning Washington D.C., Northern Virginia

First it was the Department of Homeland Security issuing a terrorism warning for the upcoming holiday season. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting in on the act. From the CBS News website last night:

The FBI is alerting law enforcement officials across the country that there is concern about a potential terrorist attack around Thanksgiving or the Inauguration, CBS News’ Jeff Pegues reports.

The alert specifically warned of homegrown terrorists and cited shopping malls, special events and other crowded venues as possible targets. Specific locations in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia are described as “target-rich” zones. Potential tactics that could be used include guns, IEDs or drones equipped with IEDs…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

This FBI alert seems somewhat more detailed than other terrorist threat warnings I’ve seen in recent times.

More information about this particular alert can be found over on the CBS News site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Firearms, Government, Public Safety, Terrorism Comments Off on FBI Issues Terrorism Alert Mentioning Washington D.C., Northern Virginia

Illinois Bullet Serial Number Legislation Going Before House Committee November 15?

Earlier today, an article with the headline “Gun-Controlled Chicago Approaches 4,000 Shooting Victims For 2016” caught my attention on Breitbart.com. In it, AWR Hawkins wrote:

The Democrats in Chicago and the state of Illinois are pushing to squash this mayhem with more gun laws and regulations. One Chicago leader is pressing for a “declaration of a state of emergency” for the city, and state Representative Sonya Harper (D-6th) wants to require serial numbers on every bullet and bullet casing.

Harper told Fox 32, “We just want to know how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder on our streets.” She did not address that attempts at ballistic fingerprinting have repeatedly failed to solve crime when implemented in other cities, nor did she mention that such regulations drive up the prices law-abiding citizens have to pay for ammunition

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Later, I learned about this proposed ammo serialization program in Illinois on the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action website:

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 6615, legislation that seeks to create a serialization system of “handgun ammunition” in Illinois. While HB 6615 claims to only encompass handgun ammunition, the language would also go so far as to include most popular pistol, rifle and shotgun ammunition.

Sponsored by state Representative Sonya Harper, HB 6615 will cost millions of dollars to implement and maintain, and is easily circumvented by criminals who seek to commit their criminal acts without care of another law on the books. Even common household tools could be used to distort or deface the serial number and render it illegible.

Not only would it be ineffective at preventing crime, this anti-gun bill would create a de facto registry of gun owners in Illinois. Every serialized cartridge would need to be registered to the individual that purchased it. This legislation would also criminalize the millions of cartridges that are currently lawfully owned by Illinois gun owners for target shooting, hunting and personal protection. Those who reload their own ammunition would not be allowed to do so anymore because it would be impossible to match the serial numbers on used cartridge cases to new bullets…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

If readers haven’t figured it out by now, Illinois gun “control” supporters never rest.

The NRA-ILA offers opponents of HB 6615 a way to take action via their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Hawkins, AWR. “Gun-Controlled Chicago Approaches 4,000 Shooting Victims For 2016.” Breitbart.com. 14 Nov. 2016. (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/14/gun-controlled-chicago-approaches-4000-shooting-victims-2016/). 14. Nov. 2016.

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Monday, November 14th, 2016 Ammunition, Crime, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Hunting, Legal, Political Parties, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports Comments Off on Illinois Bullet Serial Number Legislation Going Before House Committee November 15?

Resource Of The Week: In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

In yesterday’s post I talked about modern survivalist Jack Spirko and his advice for dealing with this election cycle’s intensifying insanity. I mentioned Spirko is the long-time host of The Survival Podcast, which I named a “Resource Of The Week” all the way back on March 4, 2011. Great stuff, and I still cherry-pick from the latest episodes posted on the TSP website on a regular basis.

There’s one other prepper/survival-related podcast I listen to these days:

In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

From the podcast section of the ITRH website:

After years of being frustrated that no one was fully addressing the concerns of urban survivalists, Aaron [Frankel] and Jonathan [Kanarek] took to the web and founded In The Rabbit Hole in February of 2010. Shortly after they’re long time friend and accomplice Jason joined the show to add a touch of “Red Neck Cajun”. Since then the show has enjoyed many great guests and a wide range of topics.

They are three city boys with a lifetime affinity for the outdoors, but a love of the city, passion for survival topics, and Libertarian Ideals…

“In The Rabbit Hole is about focusing first on the things that matter most: What’s likely to happen. Then preparing for it in a rational and productive way.”

These priorities of urban survival come from the focal points of Community, Health and Intelligence–referred to as “Survival CHI”.

Through a weekly podcast and articles, Aaron, Jonathan, and Jason remind people to “Stay safe and sound”. (Safe in person and sound in mind.)

From the Lone Star State, the trio reach out to people who are interested in taking personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being…

…And who just happen to live in the city.

While not a “long-time listener” to the podcast, I’ve noticed it’s not just urban preppers/survivalists who could learn a thing or two from the material presented. The ITRH site adds:

Hosts Aaron, Jason, and Jonathan cover topics such as:

Self Sufficiency
Food Storage
Homesteading in the city
Survival Book, Video, and Gear Reviews
Starting Off as a New Prepper
Financial Survival
Self Reliance
Preparing for Natural Disasters
Emergency Medicine
Firearms, Guns, and things that go bang
Self Defense
Disaster Psychology

Surveying the latest episodes listed on the ITRH website, episode 191, “Surviving Refugee Hell” (posted October 17)- with James Price, Founder/Director of Humanitarian Aid Security Forces (HASF)- sounds like my next listen.

Interested in tuning-in too? Head on over to the In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast website here.

But before you do, there’s also this from the ITRH gang:

Not sure where to begin?

Two of ITRH’s most acclaimed episodes that paint a clear picture of what the Podcast is about are:

TEOTWAWKI Reality Check: What do you really need to be prepping for.

Survival CHI- Reloaded: The foundational principles of ITRH.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Friday, October 28th, 2016 Emergencies, Firearms, Food, Gear, Health, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Psychology, Resource Of The Week, Self-Defense, SP Resources Comments Off on Resource Of The Week: In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

Chicago Identifies 1,400 People Behind 85 Percent Of Gun Violence, Yet Bodies Still Piling Up

Long-time readers of Survival And Prosperity know I’ve been been sounding the alarm over Chicago’s violent crime problem for years now. In 2011, I started blogging about the “wilding” going on downtown. A year later, I began writing regularly about the shootings and murders.

Even though I’ve placed the blog in a holding pattern for the past few months while attending to family and other pressing obligations, I’ve done a pretty good job of staying on top of the local news. And crime- particularly shootings and homicides- often dominated the headlines during that break.

So what’s going on with gun-related violence in the “Windy City” these days?

I spotted the following on the Chicago Tribune website Monday:

Six people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend as the number of homicides this year climbed to nearly 200 above the same period last year, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune…

So far this year, there have been at least 614 homicides in Chicago and at least 3,560 people have been shot, according to Tribune data.  This time last year, there were 416 homicides and at least 2,495 people shot

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The popular HeyJackass! website (“Illustrating Chicago’s Values”) claims an even higher tally, with 3,584 people shot and 623 total homicides in Chicago so far this year.

What’s going on with gun-related violence? A lot, apparently.

And it doesn’t sound like all that gun control is working out too well for “Beirut By The Lake.”

No surprise there, as criminals, by definition, don’t follow the law.

Instead, violence-weary Chicagoans might want to focus what remains of their energy on something Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson has reportedly noted about the shootings/murders. From the Associated Press back on August 28:

About 1,400 people are driving 85 percent of the city’s gun violence. He added that the city has gotten very good at predicting who will be the perpetrators and the victims of gun violence…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“About 1,400 people.” Sounds like the City of Chicago has a pretty good idea of who’s behind much of this (future) violence.

Yet bodies are still piling up.

So what exactly is the City doing with this information to stem the growing carnage?

One almost might be afraid to ask.

Still, it begs asking. “For the children.”

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“37 shot in Chicago over weekend as homicides climb nearly 200 above this time last year.” Chicago Tribune. 24 Oct. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-37-shot-in-chicago-over-weekend-as-homicides-climb-nearly-200-above-this-time-last-year-20161024-story.html). 26 Oct. 2016.

“2 Chicago men charged in shooting of NBA star Wade’s cousin.” Associated Press. 28 Aug. 2016. (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4b24187eed834a21b669f8eb4f02ab74/2-chicago-men-charged-shooting-nba-star-wades-cousin). 26 Oct. 2016.

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 Crime, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Public Safety, Self-Defense Comments Off on Chicago Identifies 1,400 People Behind 85 Percent Of Gun Violence, Yet Bodies Still Piling Up

Illinois Democrats Savaged By African-American Gun Rights Activist Colion Noir

“Every cop on the street knows who’s doing the killing- it’s the gang members and felons these same fearless politicians refuse to prosecute and throw in prison. And all these anti-gun politicians have to offer is gun control… and then when that doesn’t work, more gun control.

You politicians don’t represent these communities- you’re political parasites, where your political career thrives on exploiting the conditions in these places.

Because if you were trying to save lives, you’d be having a national day of action to demonstrate ways to stop the gang violence in the inner city, not how to come up with more laws that haven’t worked and that you don’t enforce in the first place…”

-Colion Noir, African-American gun rights activist, attorney, and National Rifle Association member/commentator, calling out Illinois Democrats on their gun control agenda


“Commentators | S6 E16: ‘How Not To Fix Inner-City Gun Violence’”
YouTube Video

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Thursday, July 7th, 2016 Crime, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Hunting, Legal, Political Parties, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports Comments Off on Illinois Democrats Savaged By African-American Gun Rights Activist Colion Noir

Recap Of Illinois State Rifle Association’s 14th Annual Range Open House

This past Saturday, the Illinois State Rifle Association (“Dedicated to education, safety training and support of Illinois firearm owners”) held its 14th Annual Range Open House in Bonfield (near Kankakee). Here’s a recap of “NRA Day at the ISRA Range” from On Target TV:


“Illinois State Rifle Association NRA Day”
YouTube Video

Sorry I missed the educational and adrenaline-pumping event. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to make it next year!

For more information about the ISRA, you can visit their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Quote For The Week

“So the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack (pretty pathetic how some tried real hard to paint this as merely workplace-related violence) wasn’t exactly ‘major,’ and anyone with at least half-a-brain should have seen this coming. But the Muslim extremists are here, and they will strike again at the ‘homeland’ on the level of what just happened out on the ‘Left Coast’ (all that gun ‘control’ didn’t work out too well for California in this instance) all the way up to another 9/11-type attack with thousands of Americans dead…”

-Christopher E. Hill, Survival And Prosperity, December 8, 2015

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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