Self-Defense

Illinois Gun Owners To March, Lobby In State Capital Tomorrow

Wendesday, March 5, is Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, or IGOLD. From the Illinois State Rifle Association website this morning:

All Illinois gun owners are invited to join in Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) in Springfield in 2014. This is an annual event where everyone goes to lobby` their representatives in the Illinois House and Senate. IGOLD is sponsored by ISRA and IllinoisCarry.com. Other participating organizations are, Guns Save Life, Sangamon County Rifle Association, and the McHenry County Right To Carry Association. Get your local organization involved as well!

We will meet at the Prairie Capital Convention Center – Doors open at 10:45 with the program set to begin at 11:30 am. We will have a legislative briefing, then we will all march to the Capitol Building to locate and talk with our representatives.

Please join us for Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, you won’t regret going…

More information on tomorrow’s event is located on the ISRA website here.

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

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Republican Candidates For Illinois Governor Split On ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?

This November, an election will be held for Governor of Illinois. The four Republican candidates for the office- State Senators Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and businessman Bruce Rauner- were recently given campaign questionnaires by the Associated Press, in which gun rights was one of the topics.

According to the AP, two of the four candidates may support a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

From last Tuesday:

In a campaign questionnaire for The Associated Press, the four candidates — state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner — all said gun rights need to be protected but that some public safeguards should exist.

The four differed over assault-style guns — high-capacity weapons that have been used in some of the deadliest mass shootings. They currently aren’t illegal statewide, and a proposed statewide ban backed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was pulled from consideration last year in Springfield…

Dillard, of Hinsdale, and Rauner, of Winnetka, both left open the possibility they would support a ban. Rutherford, of Chenoa, and Brady, of Bloomington, oppose such a ban

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

However, the Chicago Sun-Times website is reporting that only one of the four candidates may be open to an “assault weapons” ban. Natasha Korecki wrote last Thursday:

Three of the four Republicans competing in the gubernatorial primary say they believe all Illinois residents have the right to own assault weapons.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner of Winnetka said Thursday night that they believe it’s a right…

Only Dillard sidestepped the question — saying he believed it was better left up to the federal government to decide…

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

So what about Rauner? The Associated Press did think his questionnaire answer was “more vague” than Dillard’s. Turning back to their piece:

Rauner gave a more vague answer, saying he supports background checks that keep guns away from criminals and people with mental illness.

“Going beyond that requires a very careful balance between promoting public safety and protecting constitutional rights,” Rauner wrote…

Unless Kirk Dillard and Bruce Rauner actually come out and say they are against a state AWB, I would chalk them up as possibly being in support of an “assault weapons” ban if the political winds were blowing in that direction.

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

Sources:

“Governor candidates split on gun control measures.” Associated Press. 25 Feb. 2014. (http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140225/News/140229532). 1 Mar. 2014.

Korecki, Natasha. “Owning assault weapons a right, three GOP candidates say.” Chicago Sun-Times. 27 Feb. 2014. (http://www.suntimes.com/25882530-505/owning-assault-weapons-a-right-three-gop-candidates-say.html). 1 Mar. 2014.

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First Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses To Be Issued Next Week?

The first Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses, or CCLs, could be issued by the Illinois State Police next week. From the Associated Press yesterday:

Illinois State Police say they’re getting ready to issue the state’s first concealed carry permits in the coming days.

Police spokesman Monique Bond says that the first licenses could be issued by next week. Authorities were hoping to have the first permits issued in the spring…

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

It still blows my mind that legal concealed-carry will finally be a reality here in Illinois in (quite possibly) just a couple of days.

I suspect it will take a Herculean effort by Illinois CCL holders to prevent blood from running in the streets, based on what happened in the other 49 states.

Just kidding.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the day when the bad guys in the “Land of Lincoln” finally have to worry about getting perforated by Illinoisans legally licensed to carry handguns.

For more information about the Illinois Concealed Carry License, drop by the Illinois State Police website’s “Concealed Carry Licensing” area here.

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

Source:

“Illinois State Police Prepare to Issue First Concealed Carry Permits.” Associated Press. 26 Feb. 2014. (http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Illinois-State-Police-Prepare-to-Issue-the-First-Concealed–247233201.html). 27 Feb. 2014.

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

DayZ Standalone: A Survival Video Game For Preppers?

Back in the 1980s, I used to play computer games. A lot. I’m not much of a “gamer” anymore. First, I don’t really have the time these days. Second, if I’m going to play a video game, particularly a simulation-type game, I want it to be related to something I’m interested in and to be as realistic as possible. Even though game development has advanced by leaps and bounds since the days I toiled trying to break the glass backboard on One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird, realism is still a tall order.

Enter DayZ.

From Wikipedia:

DayZ is a multiplayer open world survival horror video game in development by Bohemia Interactive and the stand-alone version of the award-winning mod of the same name. The game was test-released on December 16, 2013 on PC for Microsoft Windows via digital distribution platform Steam, and is currently in early alpha testing.

The game places the player in the fictional post-Soviet state of Chernarus, where an unknown virus has turned most of the population into violent zombies. As a survivor, the player must scavenge the world for food, water, weapons, and medicine, while killing or avoiding zombies, and killing, avoiding or co-opting other players in an effort to survive the zombie apocalypse…


“DayZ Early Access Launch Trailer”
(Warning! Graphic Violence)
YouTube Video

I know what some of you might be thinking.

“Oh great. Another violent, shoot-the-zombies-up time waster.”

Now, I’ve been following the development of DayZ into its current stand-alone version for several months now, and I don’t think those who’ve played the game would classify it simply as a zombie-killing production. It’s the somewhat realistic survival aspect of it that keeps gamers coming back for more. Again from Wikipedia:

The goal of DayZ is to stay alive during the conditions of the zombie apocalypse that has befallen the in-game world. The player begins on the coast of the map equipped with only simple clothes and a flashlight, and must begin exploring the large 225 km landscape to investigate locations such as houses, barns, and apartments to scavenge supplies. These supplies include food and water, which are basic keys to prolonging the players life. Beyond the bare bones of survival, players can find various forms of clothing, which not only allows the player to customise their character, but can bring the benefit of extra storage space for supplies. Also scattered around the map are a variety of weapons, allowing players to protect themselves from zombies or other players if necessary. Currently these are largely focused on a range of melee weapons, but a small number of firearms (more are to be implemented with future updates) are present, as well as various attachments such as bipods and telescopic sights.

Whilst travelling around the game players can also find various medical supplies, as the environment poses a range of threats to their character. This includes diseases such as cholera, dysentery and hepatitis, which can be caught by ingesting dirty water or rotten food and must be cured with the appropriate medicine. If a player is shot or otherwise hurt, items on their person may be damaged. The player may also start bleeding and must be bandaged quickly to minimise blood loss; excessive damage or blood loss will result in serious deterioration of vision for the player and can render them unconscious…

Planned features include being able to build bases in the world in which players can keep their items safe, with the possibility of security systems and programmable computers having been considered. The standalone game will build on the text and close range voice chat of the mod version by including a new whisper channel, which will allow players to communicate over a very short distance without players nearby hearing, as well as radios (based off the “ACRE” mod for ARMA 2), which will allow longer range communication, including the possibility of encrypted two-way radios and player run radio stations. A number of features which are not currently available but will be added in a patch some time during the alpha have been confirmed including vehicles, more zombies, animals and hunting, and cooking.

I’ve been watching a variety of YouTube videos made of people playing DayZ Stand-Alone, and I have to say I’m real impressed with what I’ve seen:


“DayZ Standalone – I Saved Someone’s Life!”
(Warning! Graphic Violence, Language)
YouTube Video

I can envision myself trying out DayZ. As to it’s worth as a survival simulator? Let’s be honest, folks. No computer game at this point in time could possibly hope to replicate the real thing. But consider what “Selco” over at the SHTF School blog wrote about an earlier version of the project:

So overall I can say it is nice try to give people feeling of how survival like this feels. You often feel desperate and have to be careful all the time. It is far from perfect but creates clearer picture of what survival is about than any movie I saw in the past…

Selco would know, being a survivor of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.

For more information on DayZ and how to buy it, head over to the game’s website here. As I type this, it’s €23.99- or $32.66 in U.S. dollars- to join in on the fun.

Just remember DayZ is still in “alpha testing”- where the bugs are in the process of being worked out.

Even though that’s the case, over 1 million copies have already been sold since its December release.

Not bad. And as word gets out about this latest version, I wonder if preppers won’t be tempted to get their gaming on?

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

Source:

Selco. “Dayz – the first real survival game?” SHTF School. 4 Aug. 2012. (http://shtfschool.com/general/dayz-the-first-real-survival-game/). 16 Jan. 2014.

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Zombie Survival Training In Chicago

It’s the beginning of a new year. And if you’re like me, you may be looking at taking a class or two in the next twelve months.

First Aid and AED/CPR training through the American Red Cross is high on my list.

Zombie Survival Training is up there as well.

Zombie Survival what?

I recently stumbled upon a locally-taught class entitled “Zombie Survival Training” on Dabble.com, an Internet “marketplace for classes.” From their website:

If the zombie apocalypse happened right now, would you be ready? Do you even have a plan?

This course is designed to teach you how to survive the worst disaster imaginable, even a wide-spread pandemic of flesh-eating zombies. Using the zombie apocalypse as the worst case scenario, we will discuss survival strategies, food and water preparation and improvised weapons. This class is perfect for zombie lovers and survivalists alike.

After this class you will know where to go, what to eat and how to defend yourself when the unthinkable happens.

Okay, so it’s not really all about zombies. In fact, at the top of the Dabble page it’s classified as a “disaster survival class.”

The course is being taught by The Green Suite. From the Dabble page:

A self-proclaimed eco-warrior, Nick Conrad founded The Green Suite to enlighten others how to lessen their impact on the environment while improving their homes. Through The Green Suite, he teaches innovative, DIY ways of producing food, power, and products from recycled objects and repurposed materials. The Green Suite offers classes, tips, and kits online to help any aspiring eco-file get started. Nick has been featured in Chicago’s Red Eye for his Zombie Survival Class and presented as a guest speaker in local schools…

I’ve heard of Nick Conrad before. Kara Spak wrote on the Chicago Sun-Times website back on June 24, 2013:

Conrad, 32, an Eagle Scout, Dick’s Last Resort waiter, former improv performer, small business owner and self-described ecowarrior, teaches Zombie Survival Training in Chicago…

Conrad is a zombie-genre fan but believes there are more realistic but equally sinister scenarios we should prepare for, like a weather disaster or a terrorist attack. Those who attend Zombie Survival Training- each class has room for about 30 people- will come away ready for those as well…

Conrad has background teaching survival skills. As an Eagle Scout in Texas, he taught wilderness survival…

Through Green Suite, Conrad offers more than just survival instruction. Spak added:

He’s an active environmentalist whose dream is to live totally off the grid in the city. His company, Green Suite, teaches local folks how to create more sustainable elements in their homes, like a hydroponic garden created from wine bottles. Through Green Suite, he teaches non-zombie-themed classes showing how to make a big but low-cost impact on the environment.

In his own two-bedroom Lake View apartment, Conrad has built solar panels, a hydroponic garden and a soil garden, all of which can be removed when he moves. On the third floor, Conrad said he is well positioned to survive a zombie apocalypse.

“I’ve got food, I’m building a water filtration system, I’ve got my own electricity,” he said…

Pretty cool stuff, if you ask me. And something I’d like to learn more about in the future.

According to Dabble, the next Zombie Survival Training class is scheduled to take place on January 29 at the Holiday Club, 4000 North Sheridan Road, Chicago (I remember hitting the Holiday Club with my pals back in the mid-90s and from what I recall- wink- it was a lot of fun). The cost is $25 per person, with only 3 spots left as I type this.

For more information, you can visit the Dabble page for the class here. To receive info on future classes and other instruction, you can subscribe to The Green Suite newsletter on their website here.


“Zombie Girl- Creepy Crawler- Music Video”
(Warning- Violence)
YouTube Video

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

Source:

Spak, Karen. “ Fear not the apocalypse; zombie survival training on offer.” Chicago Sun-Times. 24 June 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/20862179-421/fear-not-the-apocalypse-zombie-survival-training-on-offer.html). 13 Jan. 2014.

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Chicago To Fight Gun Sale, Transfer Ban Ruling?

Supporters of gun rights scored a big victory in Chicago yesterday, continuing to undermine gun “control” efforts pushed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Associated Press reported this morning:

A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city’s ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal…

So is Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago going to appeal the ruling of Judge Chang, an Obama appointee?

Dahleen Glanton and Jason Meisner reported on the Chicago Tribune website today:

Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city’s Law Department, said in a written statement Monday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “strongly disagrees” with the judge’s decision and has instructed city attorneys “to consider all options to better regulate the sale of firearms within the city’s borders.”

So here’s a question Chicagoans might want to ask City Hall before a potential appeal is filed:

Seeing that all this stems from a 2010 lawsuit filed by three Chicago residents and an association of Illinois firearm dealers, how much, if any, is the City already on the hook for when it comes to the victors’ legal bills?

I seem to remember a certain check for $399,950 being coughed up by the City of Chicago to pay the Second Amendment Foundation for their legal costs in fighting the city’s handgun ban in the U.S. Supreme Court case of McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Followed shortly thereafter by a check for $663,294.10 to the National Rifle Association for their attorney fees related to the lawsuit.

Enquiring minds want to know…

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

Sources:

“Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules.” FOXNews.com. 7 Jan. 2014. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/06/chicago-gun-sale-ban-unconstitutional-judge-rules/). 7 Jan. 2014.

Glanton, Dahleen and Meisner, Jason. “Judge scraps Chicago’s ban on retail gun shops.” Chicago Tribune. 7 Jan. 2014. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-citys-gun-ordinance-ruled-unconstitutional-by-federal-judge-20140106,0,7182171.story?page=1). 7 Jan. 2014.

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Legal, Self-Defense No Comments

4,500 Illinois Concealed Carry License Applications Submitted On First Day Of Availability

Not only was the application for the Illinois Concealed Carry License, or CCL, up on the Illinois State Police website by the January 5 statutory deadline, but around 4,500 applications were submitted on the first day it was available to the public. Kerry Lester of the Associated Press reported tonight:

About 4,500 concealed carry permit requests were submitted on the first day that Illinois’ online application system was open to the public, officials said Monday.

The applications submitted Sunday during the system’s first 24 hours of operation brought the total requests to more than 11,000, said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police. The other 6,500 applications came in recent weeks, as the firearms instructors were allowed by the state to apply for permits early in order to help “beta test” the functionality of the online application system. Detailed information about which parts of the state had submitted the most applications wasn’t yet available, Bond said…

Illinois lawmakers have projected that there would be 350,000 to 400,000 applications for concealed carry permits in the first year of the law…

According to the Illinois State Rifle Association website, the organization- formed in 1903 to train civilians in marksmanship skills- believes the earliest approved applicants would be receiving a permit to carry will be around April-May 2014. This coincides with what I blogged back on October 24:

Jumping at the chance to obtain an “Illinois Concealed Carry License?” Just because the applications should be made available to the public by January 5, 2014, don’t expect to get your CCW permit issued right away. John Cody reported on the website of Chicago CBS affiliate Channel 2 yesterday:

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s top policy aid briefed Cook County Commissioners on movement toward compliance with the new concealed carry law.

“The absolute earliest that a person could receive a license would be February 5 although that is extremely unlikely. It will be much likelier that in mid-April,” said Sheriff Dart’s Police Chief Kara Smith.

(Editor’s note: Italics aded for emphasis)

Stay tuned…

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

Source:

Lester, Kerry. “Illinois sees 11,000 concealed carry applications.” Rockford Register Star. 6 Jan. 2013. (http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140106/NEWS/140109743). 6 Jan. 2013.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense 1 Comment

Pepper Spray Humor

Speaking of pepper spray, here’s a funny comment I saw the other day for one pepper spray product listed on Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer:

This is now legal in Michigan. Is a foaming spray so you will see it shoot and harder to wipe off. Has a dye added so the person will be marked for days after you spray them. You want a foam so the wind does not blow it back in your face. Has a very good finger safety so you will not set it off easily. Can is a good size and will do the job for sure…. when the attacker falls to the ground be sure to kick the in the head because they need a good kick in the head so they truly know they are stupid

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Think Amazon may have removed a not-so-nice term after “be sure to kick the” and before “in the head”?

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

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 Humor, Self-Defense No Comments

Is Pepper Spray Legal In Cook County, Illinois?

Right before Halloween, I blogged about the legality of pepper spray- or Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray as law enforcement/corrections commonly call it- in the city of Chicago, Illinois. I concluded:

So is pepper (OC) spray legal in Chicago? From what the material above says, I would think it is, as long as the spray is used in self-defense and in compliance with what’s stated in the Municipal Code of Chicago, and not in a threatening manner.

Okay. But how about the rest of Cook County, Illinois?

I couldn’t find anything in the Cook County Code of Ordinances that designates pepper spray as illegal. However, similar to what’s stated in the Municipal Code of Chicago, there’s this in Part I, “General Ordinances,” under Chapter 58, “Offenses And Miscellaneous Provisions,” Article VI, “Offenses Against The Public Peace”:

Sec. 58-172. Disorderly conduct.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to commit disorderly conduct. A person commits disorderly conduct when he knowingly…

(6) Carries in a threatening or menacing manner, without authority of law, any razor, knife, stiletto, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, slingshot, any knife, the blade of which is released by a spring mechanism, including knives known as “switch-blades”, undetectable knives as defined in Section 58-176 of this Code, an object containing noxious or deleterious liquid, gas or substance or other weapon, or conceals said weapon on or about the person or vehicle.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Punch in “pepper spray noxious” in a search engine query and the results show the term “noxious” has been used to describe pepper spray. The key here is not to “carry” the pepper spray in a “threatening or menacing manner.”

Otherwise, I would think pepper (OC) spray is legal in Cook County, Illinois, as long as it’s used in self-defense and complies with what’s stated in the Cook County Code of Ordinances.

Still, I would check local (municipal) laws to verify its legality in a particular jurisdiction.

You can read that part about noxious/deleterious liquids in the Cook County Code of Ordinances here.

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

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

(Legal disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain such advice.)

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 Legal, Self-Defense, SP Resources No Comments

‘No Guns Allowed’ Signs Bad For Illinois Businesses?

A while back, I read something in one of the local papers about suburban Chicago businesses debating whether or not to post “no guns allowed” signage at their establishments once concealed-carry is in place in Illinois.

Their worry is that should they post these signs, will they lose business?

It’s a legitimate concern, if you ask me. Consider my experience with such signage…

Regular readers know I travel back-and-forth between the Chicago area and my family’s home in Wisconsin. I used to be a frequent visitor at the gas station down the street from the Wisconsin place. Not so much anymore. One reason why that’s the case is that shortly after the State of Wisconsin enacted concealed-carry in late 2011, I noticed a “no guns allowed” sign hanging near the entrance.

I expect violent crime will get steadily worse down the road. I suspect a significant number of gas stations are going to be robbed. I also suspect those stations posting signage prohibiting firearms may be at more risk of being targeted.

Personally, I already feel safer conducting business at gas stations which don’t turn away patrons permitted by the State of Wisconsin to carry a firearm on their person and who may keep the bad guys at bay by causing them to worry about whether or not they’re armed.

I respect the right of the Illinois business owner to decide how he/she wants to run their enterprise. At the same time, should they post “no guns allowed” signage at their establishment, they shouldn’t be surprised when I avoid doing business there.

IL No Guns Allowed Sign

Illinois State Police-approved “no guns allowed” sign
Or is it just “no Beretta 92s allowed”?

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

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 Business, Crime, Firearms, Self-Defense No Comments

Illinois State Police Ready To Unveil Concealed Carry License Application On January 5

“On July 9, 2013, Illinois joined the other 49 states in enacting concealed-carry.

But according to the Illinois State Police, applications for Illinois CCW won’t be made available to the public until January 5, 2014.”

-Survival And Prosperity, August 6, 2013

January 5, 2014, is almost upon us. And from what I’ve been reading, it sounds like the Illinois State Police should have the application for the Illinois Concealed Carry License, or CCL, up on their website this Sunday.

From a press release that appeared on the Illinois State Police site earlier today:

CHICAGO – In advance of the Jan. 5 statutory deadline, Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today provided an update on the Concealed Carry License (CCL) program and previewed the CCL application process for the public…

Since early July, the ISP has been providing the public with regular updates on the CCL process including FAQs, firearms instructor training requirements, firearms instructor databases, approved curricula, signage requirements, training, and the ability to apply for a Digital ID and submit electronic fingerprints. A new CCL unit has been created and is currently operating out of the ISP central headquarters building in Springfield.

“Today’s preview of the CCL application should provide the public with a glimpse into the application process a week before the application is posted on line,” said ISP Colonel Marc Maton, who has been overseeing the project. “We have built a system from the ground up and our dedicated team has met every deadline and milestone under the statutory requirements,” Maton stressed…

The website of Chicago CBS affiliate Channel 2 added the following this afternoon:

We’re ready: That’s the message from Illinois State Police ahead of Sunday’s launch of concealed-carry licensing.

The application process will be up and available on the state police website.

It’s an application authorities say should take under 10 minutes to finish. It covers an applicant’s past and present…

The cost for an Illinois Concealed Carry License is $150 for 5 years for an Illinois resident, or $300 for out-of-state residents.

You can read the Illinois State Police’s entire press release on their website here. More information about the Illinois CCL can be obtained here on the same site.

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

Source:

“Illinois Concealed-Carry Applications Available Beginning Sunday.” Channel 2. 30 Dec. 2013. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/12/30/illinois-concealed-carry-applications-will-be-made-available-on-sunday/). 30 Dec. 2013.

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Nice Chicago Neighborhoods Suffer Rash Of Strong-Arm Robberies

Strong-arm robberies have taken place in the nicer Chicago neighborhoods of Lake View and Gold Coast. From the website of Chicago FOX affiliate Friday morning:

Chicago Police have issued an alert warning of several recent purse robberies during the early morning hours in the Lakeview neighborhood.

A man and woman approach female victims from behind on a sidewalk or in an alley, shove them forcefully to the ground, and rob them of their purses, according to the community alert from Area North detectives…

The strong-arm robberies took place on December 19 and 20 on the 800 block of West Oakdale Avenue, 500 block of West Briar Place, and 3500 block of North Southport Avenue.

And from the Chicago Tribune website yesterday:

A 70-year-old man was shot in the foot during a robbery outside the Archbishop’s Residence in the North Side’s Gold Coast neighborhood, authorities and a relative said.

The man was walking his dog in the 1500 block of North Astor Street, adjacent to the mansion where Cardinal Francis George lives, when someone wearing a mask grabbed him from behind and put a gun to his head about 7:30 p.m…

“Give me your [expletive] wallet,” the robber said, according to the family member.

When the 70-year-old explained that he doesn’t carry a wallet, the assailant fired a shot into his foot…

When asked about the incident, representatives for the Archdiocese of Chicago suggested the holdup might be the work of the South or West Side Amish.

Just kidding. Watch your six, Lake View and Gold Coast.

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

Sources:

“Police warn of violent purse robberies in Lakeview neighborhood.” Sun-Times Media Wire. 27 Dec. 2013. (http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24314424/police-warn-of-violent-lake-view-purse-robberies). 29 Dec. 2013.

Sege, Adam. “Man, 70, shot during Gold Coast robbery outside Archbishop’s Residence.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Dec. 2013. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-28/news/chi-man-70-shot-during-gold-coast-robbery-outside-archbishops-residence-20131227_1_gold-coast-north-astor-street-robbery). 29 Dec. 2013.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Highland Park, Illinois, Sued For Banning ‘Assault Weapons’

Earlier this year, a number of Illinois municipalities passed “assault weapon” bans.

One of these towns was Highland Park, on Chicago’s far North Shore. From a July 2 press release:

The Highland Park City Council passed an ordinance banning assault weapons within City-limits at the June 24 City Council Meeting, after hearing from many residents, interest groups and individuals offering perspective on all sides of the issue, in writing and in person. The ban, modeled after Cook County’s assault weapons ordinance, would amend Chapter 134 of the City Code. The ordinance was effective July 8, 2013. Residents have 90 days to comply with the provisions set within the ordinance…

Having worked closely with a number of Highland Park city hall staff some years back as the assistant to the mayor of a neighboring town, I remember thinking to myself, “I wonder if those guys are going to miss all that money that could be pissed away in the coming lawsuit.”

Fast forward to the other day, when the Associated Press reported the City of Highland Park is being sued for its new “assault weapons” ban. From the website of Chicago ABC affiliate Channel 7 on December 20:

A gun rights group has filed its first lawsuit against one of the Illinois communities that rushed to pass an assault weapons ban before a state law allowed people to carry concealed weapons in public, and the group strongly hinted Friday that the lawsuit will not be its last.

“I am not at liberty to talk about (other possible lawsuits), but let’s just say we’re always working,” said Richard Pearson, the executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, which joined the lawsuit filed by a Highland Park pediatrician against the well-to-do community north of Chicago. “We are going after them wherever they are.”

In the lawsuit, the rifle association and Dr. Arie Friedman, a pediatrician and owner of semi-automatic weapons, contend that that Highland Park, where Friedman lives, did not have a legal right to ban the weapons that he says he keeps for the lawful purposes of target shooting and self-defense.

Further, the lawsuit suggests that by lumping in the kinds of semi-automatic weapons Friedman owns with fully automatic assault weapons, the ban infringes on the rights of people to possess one of the most commonly owned “sporting rifles” in the United States.

“Ownership of firearms that are commonly possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes … is a fundamental right under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” according to the lawsuit…

Legal representatives for the City claim the ban passes constitutional muster.

Obviously, that’s not up to them to decide anymore.

In the meantime, I’m guessing legal fees for time and work spent on the issue will add up while other Illinois towns that enacted regulations/bans on these so-called “assault weapons” nervously monitor how the lawsuit plays out for the Lake County community.

Stay tuned…

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

Source:

“Illinois city sued over assault weapons ban.” Associated Press. 20 Dec. 2013. (http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&id=9368350). 23 Dec. 2013.

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Chicago-Area Forest Preserves: Use With Caution

“The Forest Preserve District of Cook County manages more than 68,000 acres of public land—about 11 percent of Cook County. That’s a lot of land and it’s packed with opportunities…”

-Forest Preserve District of Cook County website

Last night I mentioned attending a Boy Scout event in the Chicago-area forest preserves many years ago. When I was in junior high, “the woods”- as my friends and I used to call the nearby preserves- were a frequent hangout for us. There’d be a group of us (no less than four usually), and we often took along a number of items boys of that age like to mess around when presented with such an opportunity- fireworks, “wrist rockets” (slingshots), air guns, etcetera.

Well, air guns for a while, until the forest preserve police confiscated them.

Anyway, during those years (the mid-eighties) my friends and I met/saw quite a few characters in “the woods”- other juveniles, hikers, joggers, bicycle riders, etcetera.

But there were others too. Transients, gang members, “devil worshippers,” and adults who seemed to be up to no good.

Even though my friends and I didn’t fear these encounters- we figured “safety in numbers” and we were “armed to the teeth” (at least in the minds of junior high kids)- I recognized real quick that the forest preserves could be a dangerous place in terms of people preying on one another.

This realization was hammered home several years later when a girl I went to grade school with was murdered in “the woods.” I believe she had been riding her bicycle along one of the paths.

I was reminded of the potential danger that lurks in these recreational areas shortly after moving away from Chicago’s Northwest Side. From the website of Chicago NBC affiliate Channel 5 back on August 31:

Police are searching for a man accused of attacking a second off-duty female Chicago police officer on the city’s Northwest Side, officials said.

Cook County Forest Preserve police said the off-duty officer was jogging around 11 a.m. Tuesday in Caldwell Woods near Devon and Milwaukee Avenues when she was attacked.

Officials believe the offender is the same man who sexually assaulted an off-duty female officer Thursday afternoon in Sauganash Park.

The officer, who was jogging between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. near West Peterson Avenue and North Pulaski Road, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries…

Caldwell Woods. Just down the road from my old pad. Used to drop my recycling off there every week for several years. At a City collection point, not in the actual woods.

Now, I remember seeing interviews of some locals after these attempted rapes took place. More than once I heard them say something along the lines of:

These kinds of things don’t happen here.

They just did. And, regrettably, I suspect they’ll be happening with more frequency in the coming years.

I don’t know what it is with some people who visit this Chicago-area resource. They consistently neglect to take precautions in case they run into trouble of the two-legged variety on or off the paths.

I know one thing. If I ever made a triumphant return to “the woods,” while I probably won’t be toting along fireworks, a wrist rocket, or an air gun, I’ll be damned if I go in there without a personal safety tool or more.

Enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy the opportunities found in the local forest preserves. But don’t go in there asking for trouble.

And should trouble find you, be prepared to deal with it.

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

Source:

“Second Off-Duty Cop Attacked While Jogging.” Channel 5 Chicago. 31 Aug. 2013. (http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Second-Off-Duty-Cop-Attacked-While-Jogging-221919071.html). 11 Dec. 2013.

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Resource Of The Week: Slickguns.com

Any readers looking to buy a firearm, ammunition, or related product during the holiday season? Sometime in the near future perhaps?

This Friday’s “Resource Of The Week” is Slickguns.com, “Best deals on guns and ammo posted by users.” From their website:

This is an index of best deals on guns and ammo posted by users like you. We do not sell any of the products listed on our website. Deals are posted by us and our visitors throughout the day.


“Slickguns Discovery”
YouTube Video

Categories of deals are listed across the top of the home page and include:

-All Deals
-Black Friday (at least for now)
-CA Legal
-Handguns
-Rifles
-Shotguns
-Ammo
-Reloading
-Knives
-Accessories

Additionally, there’s a Coupons, News, and Forum section, as well as a query tool if you’re looking to score a discount on a particular item you have in mind.

Slickguns.com is incredibly easy to use. Click on a deal and you are taken to the Slickguns description page for the item(s), which includes information, photos, price comparisons, comments, and the all-important “Go To Store” button.

That’s it!

Best of luck finding a great deal on that gun-related item you’ve been looking to purchase.

Slickguns.com

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

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

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