Self-Defense

Are Expandable Batons Legal In Chicago, Illinois?

Last Wednesday, I blogged about whether or not pepper spray is legal in Chicago, Illinois.

This morning, I’m looking into the legality of expandable batons.

Here’s what the Municipal Code of Chicago has to say about the matter. From Title 8, Chapter 24, “FIREARMS AND OTHER WEAPONS,” as amended by Substitute Ordinance SO2013-6015 on September 11, 2013:

8-24-020 Sale or possession of deadly weapons.

1. No person shall sell, offer for sale, keep, possess, purchase, loan or give to any person any bludgeon, blackjack, slung shot, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles^ or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, throwing star, switchblade knife or ballistic knife; provided that this subsection shall not apply to the purchase, possession or carrying of a black-jack or slung shot by a peace officer…

4. No person shall carry or possess with intent to use unlawfully against another or carry in a threatening or menacing manner, without authority of law, a dagger, dlfk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, broken bottle or other piece or glass, stun gun, taser, or other dangerous or deadly weapon of like character.

So are expandable batons legal in Chicago? While the Municipal Code makes no specific mention of the term “expandable baton,” that’s not to say some prosecutor pushing that “intent to use unlawfully against another” bit will try to equate such a device to a “bludgeon” or “billy.” My research turned up instances in which an expandable baton was referred to as a “bludgeoning device.”

(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.)

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

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 Government, Legal, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Update On Illinois Legislation For Raising Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences And Imposing Truth In Sentencing For Gun Crimes

“Illinois law already mandates a minimum 15-year sentence when a person with a gun commits any felony offense, and a one-year minimum for unlicensed gun possession and licensed possession of a loaded gun.”

-Illinois State Senator and Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee member Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago), in a Chicago Tribune commentary, October 23, 2013

Here’s the latest on legislation at the state level that’s been backed by the Emanuel administration and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez that would not only raise mandatory minimum prison sentences for gun crimes but would require offenders to serve 85 percent of their sentences. From the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action earlier today:

The NRA-ILA has just learned that new changes to recent legislation aimed at imprisoning law-abiding Illinois citizens for a victimless crime will likely be proposed very soon. While no language is currently available for review, the NRA-ILA has obtained information that the proposed changes will eliminate any mandatory minimums from the legislation for first-time offenders of the Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) or Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (AUUW) statutes, with no aggravating factors such as previous felonies or gang membership.

However, current law provides that probation is not available as a sentencing option, so individuals would still be sentenced to jail time, for which they are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. This policy change continues to create a scenario in which an unsuspecting citizen who has chosen to carry a firearm for self-defense, could serve significant jail time for a regulatory infraction.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

So, to update a scenario that critics of this legislation have been putting out there, if a man with a concealed-carry permit left his firearm in his car because he and his spouse are going some place where guns are banned, and she leaves without him while taking the car, and subsequently gets pulled over by police, the spouse would still get slapped with a jail sentence since probation is not an option. At least that’s what I take away from all this.

Why the apparent insistence on punishing the “unsuspecting citizen”?

A number of observers suspect this is a conscious effort being carried out by anti-gun politicians in the state, hoping to make poster-children out of these unfortunate individuals and scare away other Illinois residents from exercising their Second Amendment right.

Stay tuned…

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

Source:

“Illinois: Proposed New Changes to Mandatory Minimum Bill.” NRA-ILA. 4 Nov. 2013. (http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2013/11/illinois-proposed-new-changes-to-mandatory-minimum-bill.aspx?s=&st=10477&ps=). 4 Nov. 2013.

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In Chicago, ‘Crime Is Down’ Is Still Being Touted

I see the City of Chicago is still pushing that “crime is down” line pretty hard these days.

Frank Main reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he will focus on the city’s continuing drop in overall crime when he addresses a City Council budget hearing Thursday…

McCarthy said he plans to tell aldermen that every major category of crime — including murder — is down this year. He’ll also point out that overall crime has fallen consistently over decades. Through Oct. 29, this year’s robbery, burglary and motor vehicle theft totals, for example, were the lowest in the city since 1966.

Not only is crime supposedly down in the “Windy City,” but the Chicago Police Department doesn’t need additional manpower according to Superintendent McCarthy. Main added:

He said the latest crime statistics show that the police department is able to reduce crime without hiring more cops.

“We will work with what we are given,” said McCarthy, who became superintendent in early 2011 after Emanuel took office. “We’ve got enough police. We have more police officers per capita than any large city in the country.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Enter the folks over at the insightful Chicago police blog Second City Cop, and something they wrote earlier this month. SCC blogged on October 16:

Perception is part of the key to people “feeling safe.” The other part is actually being safe, having a visible patrol presence, being seen making arrests, performing traffic stops, and interacting with the public. That isn’t happening in most “safe” neighborhoods because the manpower has been stripped (or retired without replacement) from those areas.

Add in a massive reclassification of crime, increased response times to discourage reporting of crime, making the 3-1-1 (Alternate Response) a nightmare to navigate through and you have all the makings of betraying trust with the community when they can see the uptick in crimes with their own eyes and they no longer believe your numbers.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Before I exited the city in May, I myself witnessed CPD manpower being stripped from my police district (16th), heard stories about this “massive reclassification of crime”- “downgrade and reclassify”- from Chicago police officers, and read about/personally experienced the “nightmare” in interacting with the Chicago Police Department (procedural, not personnel).

The American author and humorist Mark Twain once said:

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

That could very well be the case here.

As for that “we’ve got enough police” statement, it’s no secret that the Chicago Police Department has been burning through massive amounts of funds budgeted for police overtime. John Byrne, Hal Dardick, and Bob Secter reported last week on the Chicago Tribune website:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget more than doubles the amount initially set aside for police overtime this year, reflecting the increasingly high financial cost of trying to tamp down gun violence on city streets.

The new spending blueprint anticipates $71 million in overtime for police next year, compared with the $32 million the mayor budgeted for 2013 — an estimate the city rapidly blew past in response to a wave of murders and shootings that drew unflattering national attention.

At what point does it make more sense to just hire additional police officers to address the ongoing manpower shortage? You see, having adequate overtime funds to pay cops to continue the “surge” in troubled areas of the city still doesn’t address the problem of manpower being stripped from the “safe” neighborhoods and criminals taking advantage of this situation- unless the City staffs these districts with the new hires. However, the Chicago Tribune reported just this Monday that:

The city plans to hire only enough new officers to keep the size of the force steady at about 12,500 officers.

But as I blogged back on October 26, 2012, the number of police officers in Chicago fell by about 1,000 in the prior six years.

Prior to Rahm becoming mayor, the previously budgeted strength of the Chicago Police Department was 13,500.

“We’ve got enough police.” That’s certainly debatable. Meanwhile, the “safe” neighborhoods remain juicy targets for criminal activity, and a number of Chicagoans will continue to not feel “safe,” despite what the “official” statistics may show.

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

Sources:

Main, Frank. “Top cop touts good news: Every major category of crime down this year.” Chicago Sun-Times. 30 Oct. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23441171-418/top-cop-touts-good-news-every-major-category-of-crime-down-this-year.html). 31 Oct. 2013.

SCC. “Crime Stats Are Not to be Believed.” Second City Cop. 16 Oct. 2013. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2013/10/crime-stats-are-not-to-be-believed.html). 31 Oct. 2013.

Byrne, John, Dardick, Hal, and Secter, Bob. “Emanuel to spend big on police OT in 2014.” Chicago Tribune. 23 Oct. 2013. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-23/news/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-budget-1024-20131024_1_police-ot-police-overtime-police-budget). 31 Oct. 2013.

Dardick, Hal and Ruthhart, Bill. “Proposed cigarette tax, police overtime draw council queries.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Oct. 2013. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-28/news/ct-met-emanuel-budget-1029-20131029_1_proposed-cigarette-tax-gun-violence-budget-director-alexandra-holt). 31 Oct. 2013.

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Is Pepper Spray Legal In Chicago, Illinois?

Kind of quiet today as it concerns local material for Survival And Prosperity.

Good.

That let’s me get away from commenting on the news a bit to focus on other topics.

Here’s one I’ve been wanting to blog about for a while now:

Is pepper spray legal in Chicago, Illinois?

You see, for some reason or another, people keep posting on various Internet sites that pepper spray- or Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray as law enforcement/corrections commonly call it- is illegal in the city of Chicago.

Case in point, from Yahoo! Answers:

I live in Chicago and pepper spray and tasers are both illegal in Illinois.

Then there’s this on Yelp:

FYI: Pepper Spray is illegal in the City of Chicago.

Even on websites where one might think an informed answer can be found on this issue is it being unintentionally disseminated that pepper spray is illegal. From INGunOwners.com:

I coulda sworn there’s a recent law that banned the use of tasers and pepper sprays in Chicago.

Referring back to an August 16, 2013, post I wrote about Chicago-area laws concerning self-defense tools, here’s what the Municipal Code of Chicago has to say about the matter. From Title 8, Chapter 24, “FIREARMS AND OTHER WEAPONS”:

8-24-045 Noxious gas or liquid.

(a) No person shall use any device to discharge a noxious gas or liquid in an enclosed room in any Class C-1 or Class C-2 Assembly Unit, as defined in Chapter 13-56 of this Code, or in an enclosed room in any restaurant, bar or tavern that is a Class F Assembly Unit as defined in that chapter, if more than 20 persons are present in that room, unless the person is a peace officer, as defined in Section 8-20-010 of this Code, engaged in law enforcement activity. As used in this section, “noxious gas or liquid” means mace, pepper spray or any other substance that is intended or designed to cause irritation to the eyes, nose or mouth, or to cause nausea.
(b) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine $500.00, or 30 days imprisonment, or both, for each offense.

(Added Coun. J. 4-9-03, p. 106979, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-8-12, p. 38872, § 159)

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

And then there’s this, which was added on September 11, 2013, by the City of Chicago when it passed Substitute Ordinance SO2013-6015. 8-24-20 was amended with:

5. No person shall carry on or about his person or in any vehicle, a tear gas gun projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance, other than an object containing a non-lethal noxious liquid gas or substance designed solely for personal defense carried by a person 18 years of age or older; provided that this subsection shall not apply to any person listed in section 5/24-2(a)(1H14) of the Criminal Code. 720 ILCS 5/24-2(a).

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Back on November 27, 2011, the Chicago Tribune even ran a piece on pepper spray. Dawn Rhodes pointed out:

Major retailers such as Ace Hardware and Sears sell pepper spray products (commonly known by brand names such as Mace), as do a number of online-only stores. But pepper spray regulations vary. In Chicago, for instance, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor for spraying it in an enclosed space, such as a bar or restaurant, if there are more than 20 people present.

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.

(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.)

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

Source:

Rhodes, Dawn. “Pepper spray a hot topic of late.” Chicago Tribune. 27 Nov. 2011. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-27/news/ct-talk-pepper-spray-1127-20111127_1_pepper-spray-hot-peppers-uc-davis-campus-police). 30 Oct. 2013.

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 Government, Legal, Self-Defense No Comments

Advertiser Spotlight: Smoky Mountain Knife Works

The next “Advertiser Spotlight” post I have for you today is for the Smoky Mountain Knife Works. From the Sevierville, Tennesse-based company’s website:

Smoky Mountain Knife Works was founded in the early 1970s, when Kevin Pipes and John Parker started selling pocketknives at flea markets. Through the mid 1970′s, they worked hard to build strong relationships with their vendors and customers, and the business grew quickly. In 1978, SMKW opened its first Retail Showroom. Over the years, SMKW has grown by leaps and bounds, outgrowing two facilities before building its current retail location in Sevierville, Tennessee. Today, Kevin Pipes serves as SMKW’s President & CEO.

Over 1.2 million SMKW customers visit the Retail Showroom annually. SMKW’s monthly catalogs are mailed to millions of mail-order customers, and smkw.com is the best in the industry!

I’ve seen one of their catalogs before and boy do they have a ton of stuff in there!


“Smoky Mountain Knife Works Store”
YouTube Video

Most orders ship withing one business day, and shipping costs are very reasonable (shipping charges include a $1 insurance fee).

Customer service and satisfaction is incredibly important to Smoky Mountain Knife Works. From their website:

We want you to be satisfied with the merchandise you purchase from Smoky Mountain Knife Works. That’s why we offer a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee.” You can return or exchange SMKW Merchandise for up to 21 days from the date of purchase – for any reason – no questions asked*.

* Merchandise worn or damaged by abuse, misuse, lack of reasonable care, or extended use (e.g., normal wear and tear) is not covered by SMKW’s “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” and/or the applicable manufacturer’s warranty and cannot be returned or exchanged at any time after your date of purchase.

In addition, SMKW currently maintains an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Click on the banner ad below and see what Smoky Mountain Knife Works can do for you. Please note that by clicking on the ad and purchasing a product, I receive a commission from the sale.


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

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Advertiser Spotlight: Brownells

You may have noticed I’ve added a couple of new banner ads on the blog’s sidebar from some affiliate programs I’ve joined lately. Today, I’ll be publishing some “Advertiser Spotlight” posts for these companies, whose products you might be interested in purchasing. First up is Brownells, the “World’s Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools.” From the Montezuma, Iowa-based company’s website:

Three generations ago Bob Brownell founded our company on three words:

Selection, Service, and Satisfaction.

More than seventy years later our strong foundation still rests upon those words (read about our history)

For over 70 years, Brownells has been providing quality Gunsmithing tools, gun parts and service to the firearms industry. For all but two of those years, there has been a consistent brand image, the oblong horizontal shape of our catalog and the graphical design of our Brownells logo. For all of those years, these two uniquely, identifiable products have stood for our promise of service, selection and satisfaction.

Selection- Over 80,000 gun parts, tools, and supplies; everything you need all in one place.

-Factory parts from fifteen of the industry’s leading firearms manufacturers
-Rifle, shotgun, and handgun parts, tools & accessories
-Bluing & refinishing materials
-Books, videos, & references
-Sights, scopes, & mounts
-And much more


“Brownells First Light”
YouTube Video

Brownells’ “promise of service, selection and satisfaction” is reflected in their policy regarding products shipped to customers that don’t quite work out for them for some reason or another. From their site:

No Hassle Return Policy and No Authorization Numbers – Just Send it Back

No Restocking Fees – Just Send it Back

Although Brownells is in the middle of an expansion, having announced a large warehouse and office facility expansion in nearby Grinnell, Iowa, that’s scheduled to open in late 2013, their customer service doesn’t appear to be compromised. The company has been a Better Business Bureau “Accredited Business” since February 2008, and currently maintains a rating of “A+” with the organization.

Click on the banner ad below and see what Brownells can do for you. Please note that by clicking on the ad and purchasing a product, I receive a commission from the sale.


Free Shipping on all orders of $150 or more

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

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Violent And Property Crime Rates For U.S. Residents Rose For Second Straight Year In 2012

There’s bad news out concerning violent and property crime rates nationwide. From a Bureau of Justice Statistics press release Thursday:

WASHINGTON – Violent and property crime rates rose for U.S. residents in 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. These estimates are based on data from the annual National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) which has collected information from victims of crime age 12 or older since 1973.

The violent crime rate (which includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) rose from 22.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 26.1 in 2012. Crime not reported to police and simple assault accounted for the majority of this increase. Violent victimizations not reported to police increased from 10.8 per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 14.0 in 2012, and simple assault rates rose from 15.4 to 18.2 per 1,000. The rate of violent crime reported to police did not change significantly from 2011 to 2012.

The rate of property crime (which includes burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft) increased from 138.7 per 1,000 households in 2011 to 155.8 in 2012, primarily due to an increase in theft. The rate of theft victimization increased from 104.2 per 1,000 households in 2011 to 120.9 in 2012.

In 2012, 44 percent of violent victimizations and 54 percent of serious violent victimizations were reported to police. These percentages were not statistically different from 2011. The percentage of property victimizations reported to police declined from 37 percent in 2011 to 34 percent in 2012.

According to the press release for the previous year’s NCVS, between 2010 and 2011 the rate of violent victimization increased 17 percent, from 19.3 to 22.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older. The rate of total property crime increased 11 percent, from 125.4 to 138.7 victimizations per 1,000 households. Household burglary also increased 14 percent, from 25.8 to 29.4 victimizations per 1,000 households.

Pete Yost of the Associated Press pointed out yesterday on the ABC News website:

Crime rates had been declining since 1993, with an uptick in 2006 the only exception. From 1993 to 2011, the rate of violent crime declined by 72 percent.

You can read the entire BJS press release for the 2012 NCVS on their website here.

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

Source:

Yost, Pete. “Survey Marks 2nd Year of Crime Increases.” Associated Press. 24 Oct. 2013. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/survey-marks-2nd-year-crime-increases-20669881). 25 Oct. 2013.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago Strong-Arm Robbery Thwarted ‘Crocodile Dundee’-Style

One of my readers sent me a link to an article about a witness to a recent strong-arm robbery at a CTA station who pulled out a large knife to successfully prevent the criminal from escaping. Rachel Cromidas reported on the Chicago Tribune website on October 18:

A box cutter-wielding man was arrested for robbing a woman at a CTA station Thursday after a witness pulled a knife to prevent him from escaping, county prosecutors said.

“Mine is bigger than yours,” the witness said to the man as he ran through the Red Line Harrison Street Station with a woman’s cell phone and Ventra card, according to court records.

It’s a somewhat funny story, which made me think of that famous knife scene out of the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee. Although the robbery victim did get bit on the hand by the robber, which isn’t humorous.

In the meantime, more information has come out about the incident. The Tribune’s Rosemary Regina Sobol wrote later on about Joel and Andrew Leach, two brothers from Joliet who were responsible for foiling the robbery. Good stuff, which you can read on the Trib site here.

A couple of things about the incident though.

First, in the Sobol piece, the robbery victim, a new resident from Thailand, confided:

“I was scared, but I thought everything that is important is in my cellphone,” she said. “Everything about my family is inside it and credit card numbers. So I cannot lose it. I tried to get it back.”

You don’t need me to tell you it’s probably not a very good idea to keep information like that on something that’s routinely lost or stolen. I can lose my cellphone today and and barely break a sweat over it- and what’s “inside” of it.

Second, in the Sobol article both Andrew and Joel Leach pose for a photo. Leach brothers my butt. They look like the “Bronson Brothers” (referring to actor Charles Bronson of the Death Wish film series-fame) if you ask me. I like it.

Finally, I can’t help but think Good Samaritans like the Leaches scare the bejesus out of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who might see them more as meddling vigilantes than do-gooders, and fear they might inspire others to react in the same manner when criminals prey on their fellow human beings and the police aren’t around to stop it. For Emanuel and McCarthy, calling 911 and waiting for law enforcement to arrive would seem to be their answer for incidents like this.

Anyway, nice job Bronson Brothers.

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

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Chicago Police Warn Of Burglaries In Lincoln Park, Old Town

Recently, the Chicago Police Department has been issuing a number of “community alerts” for North Side neighborhoods.

First, it was River North and the West Loop for strong-arm robberies.

Next, it was Lake View- also for strong-arm robberies.

Now, it’s iconic Lincoln Park and Old Town, as homes and businesses in these neighborhoods have been burglarized. Sarah Jindra reported on the WGN 9 Chicago website yesterday:

According to authorities, homes and businesses in Old Town and Lincoln park have experienced an increase in burglaries this month. Burglars pried open front doors and removed money from cash registers.

The most recent incidents happened between October 15th and 18th in the 400 block of West North Avenue, and in the 200 block of West Evergreen Avenue.

Two local homes were also burglarized.

Jindra noted all the burglaries took place in the early evening or overnight.

On a side note, when looking for the community alert on the Chicago Police Department website, nothing was posted on the 18th District’s “Crime Alerts” page. Someone over at the CPD should probably check into that.

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

Source:

Jindra, Sarah. “Community alert issued following Lincoln Park robberies.” WGN 9 Chicago. 24 Oct. 2013. (http://wgntv.com/2013/10/24/community-alert-issued-following-lincoln-park-robberies/#ndn-widget-embed-1-player). 25 Oct. 2013.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Illinois Self-Defense Laws To Change?

Tuesday night CBS affiliate Channel 2 News in Chicago ran a special segment about Illinois self-defense laws, and the push to change them in the wake of concealed-carry being legalized in the state. CBS 2 Chicago News co-anchor Kate Sullivan noted:

Some states have “stand your ground” or “Castle Doctrine” laws, defining when a person can use self defense. Illinois has neither.

Investigative reporter Dave Savini went on to talk to crime victims Richard Niemic and Homer “Tank” Wright, as well as Illinois State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R- Elmhurst), pointing out:

State Rep. Reboletti says he is looking at writing new legislation to help define self-defense laws, and take away some of the prosecutorial discretion.

Interesting report…


“Gun Advocates Want Change To Illinois Self-Defense Laws”
CBS 2 Video
ANY CHARACTER HERE

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

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Friday, September 27th, 2013 Crime, Firearms, Government, Legal, Self-Defense 1 Comment

Chicago Police Warn Of Strong-Arm Robberies In Lake View

I don’t envy Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If it’s not one crisis (like public pensions), it’s another, such as violent crime. The last couple of days, the Chicago Police Department has issued a number of community alerts (blogged about here). First, River North. Then, the West Loop. And now, the hopping Lake View (or Lakeview, as it’s often spelled) neighborhood. And leave what’s going on in one of my old stomping grounds to be, well, a little bit different. LeeAnn Shelton reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

A man in a clown mask is among a group of men robbing victims at gunpoint in the Lake View neighborhood on the North Side, police said.

Three men have approached people on the street and taken their cellphones, money, purses and wallets at gunpoint, according to a community alert from Area North detectives.

Locations of the strong-arm robberies include the 700 block of West Melrose Street and the 3100 block of North Clifton Avenue.

Watch out especially for the clown. It seems Homey struck one victim after they were forced to kneel before the muggers.

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

Source:

Shelton, LeeAnn. “Man in clown mask robbing people in Lake View.” Chicago Sun-Times. 25 Sep. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/22797168-418/man-in-clown-mask-robbing-people-in-lake-view.html). 26 Sep. 2013.

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago Police Warn Of Robberies In River North, West Loop

From the “crime is down” city comes a strong-arm robbery alert for the River North neighborhood from the Chicago Police Department. Rachel Cromidas reported on the Chicago Tribune website Tuesday morning:

The Chicago Police Department released a community alert Monday night warning of an increase in strong arm robbery in River North.

In each of the incidents, the alert said, multiple offenders approached people walking on the sidewalk in the late night and early morning, punched them, pushed them, or threw them to the ground, and took belongings from them.

The offenders may have driven a dark, four-door vehicle, the report said…

Locations of the muggings include the 400 block of North Wabash Avenue, the 0-100 block of East Illinois Street, and the 0-100 block of East Ohio Street.

River North is one of Chicago’s more affluent neighborhoods, with a design district, gallery district, and tourist-oriented restaurants located there.

Seeing that a number of prospective visitors have bailed on coming to Chicago based on what they’ve heard/read about in the news regarding the shootings, murders, and wildings, the city’s leaders better crack down on these violent “multiple offenders” in River North fast before more tourists opt for some “safer” destination.

UPDATE: After typing this post Tuesday, I was watching WGN 9 News at 9 PM last night when it was reported that the Chicago Police Department had also issued a community alert for the “center of city night life” West Loop- for several robberies, no less. Randi Belisomo wrote on the WGN 9 website this morning:

Police are searching for suspects in a handful of robberies on the city’s Near West Side.

Police say the suspects have approached victims and stolen their cell phone and wallets and purses with by force or by tricking them…

The locations of these robberies were between the 1200 and 800 block of West Randolph Street and the 100 block of West Lake Street.

Is it just me, or are the roaches really starting to come out of the woodwork downtown these days?

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

Sources:

Cromidas, Rachel. “Chicago police warn of Near North Side muggings.” Chicago Tribune. 24 Sep. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/redeye-chicago-police-warn-of-north-side-muggings-20130924,0,5003093.story?track=rss). 25 Sep. 2013.

Belisomo, Randi. “Police warn of robberies in West Loop, seek suspects.” WGN 9. 25 Sep. 2013. (http://wgntv.com/2013/09/25/police-warn-of-robberies-in-west-loop-seek-suspects/#ndn-widget-embed-1-player). 25 Sep. 2013.

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Tourism No Comments

Illinois State Police Post List Of Approved Concealed-Carry Instructors On Website

On Sunday, I blogged about the Illinois State Police planning on posting a list of State of Illinois-approved concealed-carry instructors on its website.

This morning, I noticed that the list- at least a partial one- is now up.

Visitors to the website’s “Concealed Carry” area will see a “Concealed Carry Instructor Search” tool halfway down the page.

A quick glance of approved Illinois-based trainers shows 54 of them, with 12 instructors in Cook County.

You can conduct your own “Concealed Carry Instructor Search” here on the Illinois State Police website.

For more information about Illinois CCW, visit that “Concealed Carry” area on the Illinois State Police website here.

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

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More Justification For Postponing Illinois Concealed-Carry?

Yesterday morning on this blog, I asked if concealed-carry in Illinois might not be postponed if Governor Pat Quinn sends the Illinois State Police to Chicago to assist in their battle against gun-related violence. I blogged:

Illinois State Police? Hmm. I wonder if Illinois state troopers being sent to assist the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department wouldn’t push back the rolling out of concealed-carry in Illinois due to “unforeseen emergency circumstances”? You know, administrative support being all tied-up and such for this event? Considering the financial state the “Land of Lincoln” is in, I doubt the Illinois State Police is well-funded to begin with.

My suspicions about the Illinois State Police being in bad financial shape were confirmed by the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop yesterday. SCC blogged Sunday:

Help will arrive – just as soon as [Illinois State Police Director Hiram] Grau gets the State Police Academy up and running and filled with eager troopers ready to battle crime! Wait, you mean no one told Quinn the State Academy was about as bare as ours had been? That the State Police stopped hiring around the time we did five years ago due to “budgetary constraints” and now they are as short as any police force around the State?

Even more of a reason to get them involved in Chicago’s business and tell anyone who will listen the implementation of concealed-carry in the state has been shelved until further notice?

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

Source:

SCC. “Help is Coming.” Second City Cop. 22 Sep. 2013. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2013/09/help-is-coming.html). 23 Sep. 2013.

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Illinois State Police Posting List Of Approved Concealed-Carry Instructors

Speaking of the Illinois State Police and concealed-carry this morning, the state law enforcement agency plans on posting a list of approved concealed-carry instructors soon. From their website yesterday:

On September 30, 2013, the Illinois State Police will post a list of all previously submitted curricula the Department has approved. At that time, we will have updated the registry to include as many approved instructors as possible. Please keep in mind that many incomplete applications have been submitted and cannot be approved as submitted. To avoid delays in the approval process, please proofread the entire application thoroughly before sending the application. Some of the common mistakes we are encountering are applicants who have failed to initial required criteria or provide their full name where required.

Along with their approval from the Department, instructors will receive a packet containing instructions further explaining the training process. A unique identification number will be issued to each instructor and for each approved curriculum. A Certificate of Completion form that the instructors will issue to class attendees upon successful completion of training will also be included in the packet.

Further the Department will be posting a list of Department approved training also recognized by the laws of another state for which students can get credit as well as the hours that will be allowed for each. This information will be available on the ISP website. If you have received previous training and want the Department to consider whether it is recognized by the laws of another state and can be approved, you may contact the person or entity from whom you received training to request that they apply for approval in Illinois.

For more information about concealed-carry in Illinois, visit the Illinois State Police website here.

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

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