Brandon Phelps

Illinois Bill Would Legalize Firearm Suppressor Use

“By definition, the primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. They do so by trapping the expanding gasses at the muzzle and allowing them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.”

-American Suppressor Association website

Illinois firearm owners might be interested in the following. Brian Brueggemann reported on the Belleville News-Democrat website last Friday:

Hunters and other shooting enthusiasts would be allowed to have silencers on their guns under a bill filed in the Illinois legislature.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said gun owners want silencers for a simple reason: to avoid hearing loss.

“There are a lot of veterans, a lot of hunters and shooters, who have suffered hearing loss,” Phelps said.

Phelps acknowledged that gun opponents are likely to challenge the bill.

“I’m used to that. They said that about concealed-carry — they said everybody was going to be running around shooting each other, like the wild west,” Phelps said. “That’s the movies.”

Firearm suppressors (or sound suppressors and silencers as they’re also known) are highly-regulated in the United States. J. Guthrie reported on the Guns & Ammo website back on May 13, 2012:

If you lived in Scotland, they would be required for hunting. If you lived in Finland you could saunter down to the local gun shop and buy one over the counter—one more reason to like Finland. In the U.S., suppressors are regulated by the National Firearms Act and you have to first make sure they are legal in your state, fill out a federal form and send it, a couple of photos and some fingerprints into the BATFE for approval. Once approved—the process can take six or seven months—the BATFE sends you a little stamp and some paperwork and you can take possession of the suppressor from you dealer. There are legal considerations for interstate transportation and transferring the suppressor too…

The suppressor legislation sponsored by Phelps is Illinois House Bill 433 (you can check on its status here). State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) has filed the same bill in the Senate.

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

Sources:

Brueggemann, Brian. “Bill would allow Illinois gun owners to use silencers.” Belleville News-Democrat. 6 Feb. 2015. (http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/06/3649514_bill-would-allow-illinois-gun.html?rh=1). 11 Feb. 2015.

Guthrie, J. “G&A Basics: How Suppressors Work.” Guns & Ammo. 13 May 2012. (http://www.gunsandammo.com/gear-accessories/suppressors/ga-basics-how-suppressors-work/). 11 Feb. 2015.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 Firearms, Gun Rights, Health, Hunting, Legal, Shooting Sports No Comments

Initial Surge Of Illinois Concealed Carry License Applications Settles Down After 68,000-Plus Issued

Illinois readers- been waiting for that initial surge of Illinois Concealed Carry License applications to subside before applying for the permit yourself? According to Molly Parker over at the The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale), things are finally startling to settle down. Parker reported yesterday on the paper’s website:

Observers of the new law say the initial rush by enthusiasts, though, is mostly over and the ticklish process for applying for a permit- or which was beset by technological problems- has smoothed out considerably…

Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said at first it was a “painful process.”

“By the same token we are making progress and some people got their permits when they gave the police their applications within 35 days,” he said.

Last time I blogged about the number of Illinois CCLs issued (July 2), it stood north of 60,000. Parker noted:

The state issued a total of 68,549 permits statewide between February and July according to state statistics provided by Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, one of the new law’s chief architects…

And the last time I wrote about the number of concealed-carry permits issued to Cook County residents (May 23), that stood at 12,641. Parker added:

Chicago’s Cook County is home to the most permit holders by number, though the county ranks 96th of 102 counties in percentage of people with a permit compared to the overall county population…

The Southern piece didn’t indicate how many Cook County permit holders there are now. However, according to a related article on the Chicago Sun-Times website this afternoon:

Cook County has the largest number of permit holders (17,477), but that’s only 0.33 percent of all residents…

17,000-plus Cook County residents now licensed to carry concealed firearms… and the streets aren’t running with rivers of blood?

For more information about obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry License, visit the Illinois State Police website here.

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

Sources:

Parker, Molly. “Process for getting a concealed-carry permit eases.” The Southern Illinoisan. 10 Aug. 2014. (http://thesouthern.com/news/local/process-for-getting-a-concealed-carry-permit-eases/article_0d899d36-b9bc-5500-b3b8-3ffe754ca49c.html). 11 Aug. 2014.

“Illinois concealed carry process getting easier.” Chicago Sun-Times. 11 Aug. 2014. (http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/illinois-concealed-carry-process-getting-easier/mon-08112014-1200pm). 11 Aug. 2014.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Self-Defense No Comments

Illinois House Panel Approves Concealed-Carry Bill

Illinois state legislators are still scrambling to enact a concealed-carry law after a federal appeals court required one to be in place by June 9- only 17 days from now.

And earlier today, right to carry legislation moved out of an Illinois House panel, with a vote by the full chamber expected as early as tomorrow.

Rafael Guerrero and Ray Long reported on the Chicago Tribune website today:

An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill.

The measure, supported by Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago and Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Downstater who is the leading pro-gun voice in the Capitol, won approval in the Judiciary Committee 13-3. The bill now goes to the House for an expected vote as early as Friday.

The Associated Press is reporting that the legislation in question is Illinois Senate Bill 2193, particularly House Committee Amendment No. 1. The AP also noted this morning:

The legislation would require the Illinois State Police to issue concealed carry permits to qualified gun owners. It’s patterned on a bill introduced by gun-rights advocate Rep. Brandon Phelps, a southern Illinois Democrat.

But Madigan’s version significantly adds places that would be off limits to guns. Those include mass transit – a must for violence-weary Chicago Democrats.

If legal concealed-carry legislation isn’t enacted by that June deadline, Illinois could become a “Constitutional carry” state. I blogged back on April 19:

Enter Constitutional carry, also known as “permitless carry” and “Vermont carry.” By definition, it means carrying a concealed handgun without a concealed-carry permit.

And it’s something that could happen by default in the “Land of Lincoln” on June 10 if state legislators don’t enact a concealed-carry law after a federal appeals court required Illinois to put one in place by June 9.

You can find out more about Illinois Senate Bill 2193 on the Illinois General Assembly website here.

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

Sources:

Guerrero, Rafael and Long, Ray. “Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor.” Chicago Tribune. 23 May 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-illinois-concealed-carry-bill-heads-to-house-floor-20130523,0,39264.story). 23 May 2013.

“House concealed carry bill passes committee.” Associated Press. 23 May 2013. (http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1039446774/House-concealed-carry-bill-would-overrule-local-gun-laws). 23 May 2013.

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Illinois Could Become ‘Constitutional Carry’ State On June 10

There’s a chance Illinois may become the newest “Constitutional carry” state on June 10.

Yep. You read that right.

Lauren Leone-Cross reported on the The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) website last night:

Another attempt to pass a concealed-carry bill fell seven votes short in the Illinois House Thursday night, raising questions about whether legislators can meet a court-ordered June 9 deadline to enact a law.

The vote was 64-45 in favor of House Bill 997, which is supported by gun-rights advocates.

However, the bill needed a supermajority of 71 votes to pass because it would pre-empt the home-rule authority of municipalities to establish their own concealed-carry rules and set a single, statewide standard.

Sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, used a parliamentary maneuver to keep the bill alive for a possible second vote in the future.

Afterward, Phelps stressed the federal appellate court decision in December that struck down Illinois’ last-state-in-the-nation ban on concealed-carry. If lawmakers do not act by the deadline, the ban goes away and there will be no restrictions as to where a person can carry a loaded weapon in public.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Enter Constitutional carry, also known as “permitless carry” and “Vermont carry.” By definition, it means carrying a concealed handgun without a concealed-carry permit.

And it’s something that could happen by default in the “Land of Lincoln” on June 10 if state legislators don’t enact a concealed-carry law after a federal appeals court required Illinois to put one in place by June 9.

Dave McKinney (with reporting by Zach Buchheit) published on the Sun-Times Politics blog last night what National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde said in a Q&A session late Thursday with the Illinois Statehouse press corps after the NRA-backed concealed-carry legislation suffered that setback. From a transcript:

Q: What happens on June 9?
A: “If nothing happens, the likelihood is that we’re going to have a court injunction. And if you’ve got a valid FOID card, you’re going to be able to carry a firearm in this state. The court won’t write a carry law. They have a very specific purpose, and that is to find the UUW statute in the state of Illinois unconstitutional and issue an injunction against the state’s enforcement of that law. That’s the court’s role in this. Then you might see some municipalities try to do their own thing but they are likely to face the same hurdles that the state has.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

For once, Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card holders in Illinois might be able to crack a smile.

However, I predict there’s a good chance concealed-carry legislation will be enacted in the state by that June deadline.

If not, something will be patched together quick… after perceived political opportunities are exploited and exhausted, of course.

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

Sources:

Leone-Cross, Lauren. “Concealed-carry bill fails in Illinois House.” The State Journal-Register. 18 Apr. 2013. (http://www.sj-r.com/carousel/x1545202888/Concealed-carry-fails-in-Illinois-House?zc_p=0). 19 Apr. 2013.

McKinney, Dave. “NRA lobbyist after concealed-carry bill’s failure: ‘I don’t know what else to say.’” Sun-Times Politics. 18 Apr 2013. (http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2013/04/nra_lobbyist_after_concealed-carry_votes_failure_i_dont_know_what_else_to_say.html). 19 Apr. 2013.

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Friday, April 19th, 2013 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Self-Defense No Comments
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