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Illinois Governor Pushes Ban On ‘Assault Weapons,’ ‘High-Capacity’ Ammo Magazines

As Democratic lawmakers can’t figure out why shootings and murders have erupted with renewed vigor in Chicago this summer (hints: bare-bones Chicago Police Department, gun-related laws already on the books but not enforced, and shooters not going to jail or for too short a stint), they’ve resorted to pushing more gun “control” laws on law-abiding constituents who have had nothing to do with the outbreak in violence. From a press release on the Illinois Government News Network website Sunday:

Governor Quinn Fights for Stronger Gun Laws Across Illinois
Congresswoman Kelly Joins Governor to Urge General Assembly to Pass Illinois Public Safety Act and Take a Stand Against the Violence

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, today visited the site a recent fatal shooting in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood to urge legislators to stand with families and communities and take action against gun violence. The Governor pushed passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act, legislation that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois and require background checks for the transfer of guns. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois neighborhoods safer.

“The recent epidemic of violence in Chicago is unacceptable and we must join together to fight back,” Governor Quinn said. “Public safety is government’s foremost mission and Illinois should not wait any longer to act. There are too many victims of a war being waged on our streets, a war fueled in part by the availability of deadly, military-style assault weapons that have no purpose other than killing.

“We must work together to protect the lives of those we love and stop what’s happening in our communities. I urge the Illinois General Assembly to take a stand and pass this legislation that will save lives and protect communities.”

The Governor today was joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly who recently released the Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis.

Senate Bill 3659 – the Illinois Public Safety Act – was introduced during the recent spring Legislative session by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and supported by Governor Quinn. It bans the possession, delivery, sale and purchase of assault weapons, large capacity ammunition feeding devices such as magazines or clips, and .50 caliber rifles and cartridges in Illinois. Valid Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) holders who possess any of these devices at the time the law is enacted would be allowed to keep them, but could not transfer or sell them except to a family member. The legislation also requires background checks for the transfer of firearms except to a family member or at a gun show…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Of course, the bad guys won’t obey what’s stipulated in the Illinois Public Safety Act if it becomes law. But here’s what’s really messed-up about the bans the Democrats are pushing.

According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, so-called “assault weapons” and .50 caliber rifles are rarely used in crimes- particularly murders- around the state of Illinois.

From Table 20, “Murder by State, Types of Weapons, 2012” on the FBI’s “Crime in the U.S. 2012” web page (last year I could find pertinent data available for):

Illinois (“limited supplemental homicide data were received”)
Total murders (“Total number of murders for which supplemental homicide data were received”): 509
Total firearms: 439
• Handguns: 429
• Rifles: 4
• Shotguns: 2
• Firearms (type unknown): 4

439 firearm-related murders in Illinois in 2012. With a rifle (type unknown) definitely used in only 4 of those homicides.

Ban “assault weapons” and .50 caliber rifles. Yeah, that will solve the rampant violence.

Something tells me these Democratic politicians are trying to dupe voters into thinking they can end the ongoing carnage in this election year with such legislation.

Not going to happen, as the so-called Illinois Public Safety Act doesn’t even come close to getting to the root of the problem.

See “hints” above.

You can read that entire press release on the IGNN website here. And that 2012 FBI report table here.

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

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Chicago To Be Sued For De Facto Gun Store Ban?

Survival And Prosperity readers outside the Chicagoland area may have heard that the City of Chicago just recently approved commercial gun sales within its city limits.

Mind you, this wasn’t done willingly.

From a June 25 press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office:

Due to the fact that a federal court has ordered the City of Chicago to allow commercial gun sales, the City drafted one of the toughest, smartest licensing laws in the country.

In order to operate with a city license, gun stores will be required to take a number of steps that are proven to minimize gun trafficking, illegal gun sales and theft including:

• Employee background checks and state-of-the-art training
• Anti-theft safety plans and quarterly inventory audits
• Video cameras to record the point of sale
• Maintain a log of all guns sales where the gun was later recovered in a crime and traced back to the store
• Sell only one handgun per month per buyer
• Make store records available to police for inspection at all reasonable times
• 72-hour waiting period to purchase handguns, and a 24-hour waiting period to purchase rifles and shotguns…

Of course, left out of the press release is any prospective gun shops would only be permitted to operate in less than one-half percent of the city. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last Wednesday:

Special-use zoning would keep gun stores out of 99.5 percent of Chicago and at least 500 feet away from all schools and parks…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Critics are adamant that when all of the above is taken into consideration, a de factor ban on gun shops in Chicago exists. Spielman added:

Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, has accused Emanuel of making the ordinance so restrictive, it will “make sure there are no gun shops” in Chicago.

“The license is $3,800. Your business transactions are videotaped. The costs are so high, nobody can possibly make a living doing that, so no one is going to do it,” Pearson said…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

So should Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago expect to be slapped with yet another lawsuit related to gun rights?

The Associated Press reported last Friday:

Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association says the ordinance is so restrictive it amounts to a ban, and will likely be challenged in court.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Chicagoans, get ready to bust out your wallets yet again.

And in case anyone’s interested, that press release (pdf format) is located here on the City website.

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

Sources:

Spielman, Fran. “Facing court order, City Council votes to allow gun shops.” Chicago Sun-Times. 25 June 2014. (http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/facing-court-order-city-council-votes-allow-gun-shops/wed-06252014-929am). 30 June 2014.

“Chicago City Council passes strict gun store law.” Associated Press. 27 June 2014. (http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/25870759/chicago-city-council-passes-strict-gun-store-law?clienttype=mobile). 20 June 2014.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014 Crime, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Legal No Comments

Illinois Concealed-Carry Latest: Demand For Training Cooling Off?

Back on March 24, I blogged about Illinois shooters possibly finding it more difficult to get in some range time due to high demand for Illinois Concealed Carry License training.

I just read that the initial rush for concealed-carry training may be cooling off. From the website of Rockford CBS affiliate Channel 23 on May 3:

Illinois State Police started issuing permits in March, but the classes started in January. [Concealed-carry instructor Kim] Frayne says when her classes started they were packed with about 40 students per class, now she says it’s down to about 10.

“I guess the newness of being able to have a concealed carry license is catching on and they’ve either got them or they’re thinking I’ll wait a little bit until it’s a lot quieter.”

Although there is still a demand for the classes, Frayne predicts may instructors will cut back on the number of classes they’re offering…

Channel 23 added that more than 40,000 people have applied for an Illinois CCL permit, with the Illinois State Police expecting around 300,000 by the end of the year.

While on the topic of concealed-carry instruction, I stumbled on an article tonight about a new CCW training school possibly opening its doors around my old stomping grounds on the Northwest Side. Alex Hernandez reported on the website of The Bugle (Niles) yesterday:

A school specializing in personal defense and concealed carry training is hoping to open in Niles.

At a May 5 meeting, the Niles Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals recommended that Concealed Carry Safety for Personal Defense, Inc. be considered for a special use permit to operate at 7609 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Marc Jens, a retired Cook County Sheriff’s police officer and U.S Army veteran, would be running the school alongside his wife Connie.

“I’m a pain in the butt when it comes to safety,” said Jens. He’s also served as an instructor and training co-coordinator at the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy for about ten years.

“Concealed carry has become quite a hot topic and there are a number of questionable persons teaching it,” said Jens. “It’s my intention that it’s done right, safely and for the betterment of society.”

Hernandez added that according to Jens, the training classes would be limited to fifteen students per class, and in lieu of live fire training, Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) Training Pistols would be used.

I checked out those SIRT Training Pistols after reading about them. Pretty cool training aids…


“SIRT Training Pistol”
(Available at Brownells.com)
YouTube Video

Still, like I suspect is true of this and all the other “aids” currently available to the public- probably not a perfect substitute for the real thing (“live fire”).

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

Sources:

“Concealed Carry Instructors Say Fewer Sign-Ups for Training Classes.” Channel 23. 3 May 2014. (http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/Concealed-Carry-Instructors-Say-Fewer-Sign-Ups-for-Training-Classes-257811481.html). 8 May 2014.

Hernandez, Alex V. “Concealed carry training school opens in Niles.” The Bugle. 7 May 2014. (http://www.buglenewspapers.com/niles/article_e52169c6-d61c-11e3-a962-0017a43b2370.html). 8 May 2014.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014 Firearms, Self-Defense, Training No Comments

Wisconsin Now Recognizes Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses

Wow. A morning where’s there’s not too much in the way of disturbing news coming out of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois?

Just wait until the end of the day when the so-called “document dump” and bad news is then released to a public who is already in weekend mode, right?

Anyway, the Illinois State Rifle Association reported on their website Monday:

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, those with Illinois concealed carry permits are now recognized in Wisconsin.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The provided link takes one to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement Services, web page, where under “CCW Reciprocity” the following is published:

Permit(s) Honored In Wisconsin:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wyoming

Good information for Illinois Concealed Carry License holders to know, should they ever plan to “Escape To Wisconsin” for pleasure- or in an emergency.

You can view that CCW Reciprocity page on the Wisconsin DOJ website here.

For more information about the Illinois Concealed Carry License, go to the Illinois State Police Concealed Carry web page here.

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

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Self-Defense No Comments

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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Gun Registration Often Leads To Confiscation, As New Yorkers Find Out Once More

Why Gun Rights Advocates Oppose Gun Registration

A centralized registration system is the one usually proposed by gun control activists, and it is the type most feared by gun rights advocates. At the heart of resistance to registration is the belief that it encourages firearm prohibitions and ultimately leads to confiscation. (It is also why many choose not to comply and register weapons already owned.)

Those who favor more gun control often accuse gun owners of being paranoid, but the track record of firearms registration is not a good one.”

-GunCite.com, popular firearms information website, August 24, 2007

Supporters of more gun “control” in the United States routinely push for the registration of firearms.

And, “Don’t worry,” they like to say, “No one is going to take away your guns.”

Problem is, history repeatedly shows otherwise.

I blogged backed on January 14, 2013:

Gun registration often leads to confiscation. From the latest edition of Gun Facts, a popular firearm reference book:

Myth: Registration does not lead to confiscation

Fact: It did in Canada. The handgun registration law of 1934 was the source used to identify and confiscate (without compensation) over half of the registered handguns in 2001.
Fact: It did in Germany. The (before the Nazis came into power) required all firearms to be registered. When Hitler came into power, the existing lists were used for confiscating weapons.
Fact: It did in Australia. In 1996, the Australian government confiscated over 660,000 previously legal weapons from their citizens.
Fact: It did in California. The 1989 Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act required registration. Due to shifting definitions of “assault weapons,” many legal firearms are now being confiscated by the California government.
Fact: It did in New York City. In 1967, New York City passed an ordinance requiring a citizen to obtain a permit to own a rifle or shotgun, which would then be registered. In 1991, the city passed a ban on the private possession of some semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, and “registered” owners were told that those firearms had to be surrendered, rendered inoperable, or taken out of the city.
Fact: It did in Bermuda, Cuba, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, and Soviet Georgia as well.

Now, you can add the “Big Apple” to that list for a second time. Edmund DeMarche reported on the FOX News website earlier today:

The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of shotguns and rifles capable of holding more than five rounds, demanding such guns be surrendered, altered or taken out of the city.

The demand came in the form of some 500 letters mailed out to owners of registered long guns that are in violation of a 2010 city ordinance. The first option for the letter’s recipient is to, “Immediately surrender your Rifle and/or Shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Surrendered, altered or taken out of the city.”

Sound familiar?

“Question: Why is it, every time I buy and register a gun in New York City, it gets confiscated?

Man, funk dat!”


Sagat, “Funk Dat” (1993)
YouTube Video

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

Sources:

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 6.1. Guy Smith, 2012.

DeMarche, Edmund. “NYPD cracks down on long guns that hold more than five rounds.” FOX News. 5 Dec. 2013. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/05/nypd-targets-owners-multi-clip-shotguns-rifles/?intcmp=latestnews). 5 Dec. 2013.

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Democratic Congressmen Push For 20 Percent Federal Excise Tax On Firearms, 50 Percent Tax On Ammo

Back when Danny Davis (D-IL) was my congressman, I don’t recall hearing too much from him- unless he was coming up for re-election.

Well, November 4, 2014, is fast-approaching, and he and another Democratic congressman- William Pascrell (D-NJ)- whose seat is up for election have both decided to take it upon themselves to remind Americans that Democrats stand for gun “control.”

You see, Representatives Davis and Pascrell introduced HR 3018- the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act”- last week, which would hike federal excise taxes on firearms from 10-11 percent up to 20 percent, and hike taxes on ammunition from 11 percent to 50 percent.

I’m guessing a number of pro-gun Democrats, especially those holding office whose seats are also up for election in 2014, are livid right now.

From GovTrack.us this evening:

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax and special occupational tax in respect of firearms and to increase the transfer tax on any other weapon, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013’.

SEC. 2. INCREASE IN EXCISE TAXES RELATING TO FIREARMS.

(a) In General- Section 4181 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:

‘SEC. 4181. IMPOSITION OF TAX.

‘There is hereby imposed upon the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of the following articles a tax equivalent to the specified percent of the price for which so sold:

‘(1) Articles taxable at 20 percent:

‘(A) Pistols.

‘(B) Revolvers.

‘(C) Firearms (other than pistols and revolvers).

‘(D) Any lower frame or receiver for a firearm, whether for a semiautomatic pistol, rifle, or shotgun that is designed to accommodate interchangeable upper receivers.

‘(2) Articles taxable at 50 percent: Shells and cartridges.’.

HR 3018 would also increase the transfer tax on firearms covered under the National Firearms Act (“machine guns,” for example) from $200 to $500 and the transfer tax on all other guns from $5 to $100.

Other blogs/websites are reporting that besides ammo, this legislation hikes just handgun- not long gun- taxes, but based on the following- “Firearms (other than pistols and revolvers)”- I take this to mean rifles and shotguns as well.

Consider the following analysis of the gun “control” legislation by Michael Cohn over at AccountingToday.com:

The bill, known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, is co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill. It would increase the excise taxes on firearms from the current range of 10 percent to 11 percent and raise it to 20 percent. The bill would also increase the excise tax on ammunition from 11 percent to 50 percent. It would also increase the Special Occupational Tax on firearm importers, manufacturers and dealers; include assault pistols in the definition of firearms covered under the National Firearms Act; increase the transfer tax on all weapons (except antique guns) covered under the National Firearms Act (excludes most common guns) from $200 to $500 and index to inflation; and increase the transfer tax for any other weapon from $5 to $100 and index to inflation.

All government agencies would be exempted from the tax, including federal, state and local agencies, such as police departments.

Here’s my analysis. The legislation won’t become law. And I think Congressmen Davis and Pascrell know that.

But it did get them some valuable face time for next year’s election.

You can read the entire text of HR 3018 on GovTrack.us here.

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

Source:

Cohn, Michael. “Congressmen Introduce Bill to Increase Taxes on Guns and Ammunition.” AccountingToday.com. 27 Aug. 2013. (http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Congressmen-Introduce-Bill-Increase-Taxes-Guns-Ammunition-67848-1.html). 27 Aug. 2013.

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Illinois State Police Website Addresses Concealed-Carry Frequently Asked Questions

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

Subsequently, the Illinois State Police is providing “general guidance” on CCW frequently asked questions on its website.

From what I gather, one question that comes up a lot is that of training. From the website:

What does the firearms training course consist of?

The required 16-hour firearms training course will include range qualification time and shall cover the following:

1. Firearm safety
2. The basic principles of marksmanship
3. Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm
4. All applicable state and federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm
5. Instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.

All applicants must pass a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:

1. A minimum of 30 rounds
2. 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards, 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards, and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the ISP.

As to where such training can be obtained:

Where can citizens obtain firearms training?

On September 7, 2013, the ISP will begin approval of certified firearms instructors and firearm training courses. A registry of approved instructors and courses will be available on the ISP webpage.

PLEASE NOTE: On-duty ISP officers will NOT provide training to citizens, nor will ISP ranges be used.

It sounds like there’s a tremendous amount of interest out there in taking Illinois concealed-carry training classes. Allison Goodrich reported on The Register-Mail (Galeburg) website on July 21:

Considering the fact that firearm training instructors won’t be approved until September or later, [Preston] Johnson [owner, Galesburg Guns, Gear & Ammo] hasn’t been expecting to see a line outside his door.

“But interest in those classes has gone through the roof,” he said, adding that he’s received “call after call after call” in regards to training course information.

To say there’s been interest would be an understatement to firearm safety instructor Casey Fuller [president of Elmhurst-based Firearm Safety Group]. Although he hasn’t even started planning a curriculum yet, Fuller already has a waiting list of about 900 people for his first Illinois-specific firearm safety course.

900 person waitlist? Dang.

Dahleen Glanton and Ellen Jean Hirst reported on the Chicago Tribune website yesterday:

Illinois officials estimate that about 300,000 people will apply for concealed carry permits.

According to the Illinois State Police, applications for Illinois CCW will be made available to the public by January 5, 2014, via their website.

The Illinois State Police concealed-carry FAQ webpage can be viewed here.

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

Sources:

Goodrich, Allison. “Gun sales steady, but waiting list for training booms.” The Register-Mail. 21 July 2013. (http://www.galesburg.com/news/x946754682/Gun-sales-steady-but-waiting-list-for-training-booms?zc_p=0). 25 July 2013.

Glanton, Dahleen and Hirst, Ellen Jean. “Concealed carry: Ready, train, fire.” Chicago Tribune. 24 July 2013. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-24/news/ct-met-concealed-carry-training-20130724_1_carry-law-gun-rights-advocates-illinois-state-rifle-association). 25 July 2013.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013 Firearms, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Training 2 Comments

Several Chicago Suburbs Consider ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans As Result Of State Concealed-Carry Legislation

Several Chicago-area municipalities are considering bans on so-called “assault weapons” as a result of concealed-carry legislation that’s been passed by the Illinois General Assembly and is awaiting signature by Governor Pat Quinn. From an e-mail I received yesterday from the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action:

Illinois: Localities Attempting to Enact Anti-Gun Ordinances in Anticipation of Firearms Preemption Law

Your NRA-ILA has learned recently that some localities in Illinois are scrambling to consider bans on popular semi-automatic firearms while House Bill 183 awaits consideration of Governor Pat Quinn (D). If enacted into law, House Bill 183 will contain comprehensive preemption of handgun-related local ordinances for anyone with a FOID card and reserves regulation of all laws relating to the concealed carrying of handguns to the state. It also provides protections to those traveling with firearms by providing comprehensive preemption of local ordinances as applied to individuals with a FOID card who are transporting firearms in compliance with all state regulations. Firearms preemption prevents lawful concealed carry licensees and firearm owners from being caught in a web of confusing local ordinances and laws as they go about their daily routines. However, HB 183 contains a provision that allows certain localities up to ten days from the date of enactment to make laws prohibiting so-called “assault weapons” before this legislation prohibits local governments from doing so at a later date.

Quinn has been granted an extension of thirty days by a federal court to consider signing HB 183,leaving ample time for localities to enact anti-gun ordinances.

Some of these localities include:

Buffalo Grove
Evanston
Highland Park
Orland Park
Wheeler (Editor’s note: I believe the NRA-ILA meant Wheeling)

While handgun laws will be preempted for those with a FOID card under HB 183, its language of past bans on “assault weapons” could include popular and commonly used handguns and circumvent this firearms preemption. Serious concerns still exist about the potential loopholes and legal issues in House Bill 183.

NRA members are urged to contact your local government officials and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE any ordinance that would restrict the rights of law-abiding Illinois citizens or hinder their right to self-defense. Stay tuned to NRA-ILA for updates.

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

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Chicago, Cook County Residents To Be Discriminated Against On Right To Carry In Illinois?

Following the local news as I do, I’ve been made aware of a push to discriminate against Chicago and Cook County residents from the rest of Illinois concerning the coming right to carry concealed firearms in the state. It seems to have some teeth to it, judging from what appeared on the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action website yesterday:

Illinois: Legislature Under Pressure to Compromise on Shall-Issue Right to Carry Legislation

Legislators in both the state Senate and House are under extreme pressure to exempt Chicago and Cook County from any “shall-issue” mandate in the concealed carry law that a federal court has ordered to be adopted by June 9. Such an exemption would allow Chicago and Cook County authorities to deny a concealed carry permit to an applicant even if that person meets all of the statutory requirements used to judge eligibility in the rest of the state. Any exemption for Chicago and Cook County could easily deny 40% of Illinois’ population “shall-issue” right to carry, and put gun owners state-wide at risk of felony prosecution if they happen to travel across Cook County or Chicago lines.

Further, in anticipation of the June 9 deadline, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is trying to force an ordinance that would allow him to approve and reject licenses for concealed carry in Cook County, and force applicants to cough up a clearly discriminatory $300 fee just for a license to legally exercise their right to self-defense. Please contact your state Senator and Representative TODAY and urge them to support equal right to carry laws for ALL Illinois residents.

Any semblance of an argument for more restrictive gun control laws in Chicago and Cook County falls apart when faced with facts: at a time when gun ownership throughout the country is at an all-time high, the nation’s murder rate has fallen to a near all-time low. Additionally, Chicago has had a long history with the inverse relationship of increased gun control laws and public safety. Chicago imposed a handgun registration requirement in 1968, with no effect on the city’s rising handgun homicide numbers or the percentages that handgun homicides comprised of total homicides. In April 1982, a law prohibiting possession of handguns not previously registered with the police took effect in Chicago. Annual handgun homicide numbers and percentages of total homicides fluctuated, and then rose sharply.

The bottom line is that criminals do not obey the law – but the law-abiding people in Illinois, regardless of where they might live, or what their economic standing may be, have a natural, fundamental, and constitutionally protected right to defend themselves. Any Right to Carry law passed by the legislature in compliance with the federal court ruling MUST recognize this. Given the high violent crime rates in Chicago and Cook County, law-abiding residents of these municipalities have a great need to carry a firearm for self-defense since they are likely to be victims of violent crime, and their local government officials refuse to deal effectively with violent criminals there. It is time for Chicago politicians to face the facts – their ideological crusade against guns has only ensured that criminals are armed and the law-abiding are defenseless victims.

Contact your state Senator and Representative immediately. Urge them to oppose any legislation or amendment that would discriminate among the residents of Illinois, recognizing the rights of some, but not others. Our constitutional right to keep and bear arms and inherent right to self-defense protect all Americans, not just some in a particular state, city or county.

Contact information for your state legislators can be found here.

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

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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

Latest On Illinois Concealed Carry Debate

Here’s the latest in the debate in Illinois over legally carrying concealed firearms. From the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

Concealed weapons: A court ruling has forced the General Assembly to rewrite the state’s law on carrying concealed weapons. A proposal pending in the Illinois House would allow concealed carry in the state but impose many restrictions, such as banning concealed weapons in casinos, restaurants and bars, and on mass-transit buses and trains. The Illinois Senate is trying to fashion legislation of its own.

And who out there remembers my post from earlier in the month about Illinois State Representative Jim Sacia (R-89th District) and a point he made about gun “control” on the House floor during a February CCW discussion?

Does the word “castration” ring a bell?


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Well, the former FBI agent from Pecatonica recently wrote a piece on the topic (concealed carry, not castration) which appeared on The Journal-Standard (Freeport) website yesterday morning. Here’s an excerpt:

Here is what is so unfortunate — Speaker Madigan has his Chicago-area Democrats completely under his wing. One of them, who shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons, came over to me and thanked me for voting no on the amendment which he introduced. He wants concealed carry. His amendment failed which he wanted…

Here is the paradox: many from Chicago who vote on this issue secretly, sometimes openly, support concealed carry. They fear the consequences of a no vote.

Welcome to Madiganistan.

Insightful stuff, which you can read in its entirety on the newspaper’s website here.

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

Source:

“Concealed carry, gay marriage: Updates on Illinois legislation.” Chicago Tribune. 23 Mar. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-legislature-break-issues-0324-20130324,0,480444.story). 23 Mar. 2013.

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U.S. Rep. From Illinois Jan Schakowsky: ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Just The Beginning

I often hear the following question asked these days:

Why are supporters of gun rights so unwilling to compromise?

If the people asking the question took the time to study the history of gun “control” in America the answer would become pretty obvious to them.

All right, most of them.

But the following exchange at the “One Billion Rising” Rally in the nation’s capital on Valentine’s Day between U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 9th District) and conservative video journalist Jason Mattera should provide some insight as to why the pro-Second Amendment crowd continues to “stick to their guns.”

MATTERA: So the assault weapons ban is just the beginning?

SCHAKOWSKY: Oh absolutely. I mean, I’m against handguns. We have, in Illinois, the Council Against Handgun… something. Yeah, I’m a member of that. So, absolutely.


“Rep. Jan Schakowsky: Assault Weapons ban ‘Just the Beginning’”
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Sounds to me like a push to ban handguns is in the cards as well.

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

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Joe Biden, Meet Celia Bigelow And Her AR-15

Back on January 28, I was taking a break from blogging to do some laundry when I turned on Varney & Co. on the FOX Business Network. Celia Bigelow, the Director of Campus Action at the national conservative organization American Majority Action, was a guest on the show that day. Host Stuart Varney introduced this leader in the conservative youth movement in America as followed:

Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to ban assault “weapons” like the AR-15. But our next guest disagrees. She says that pepper spray, Mace, or a 5-round handheld are not going to cut it anymore when it comes to women protecting themselves.

She wants an AR-15 assault rifle with a 30-round magazine to defend herself.

Ms. Bigelow went on to tell FOX Business Network viewers:

These guns are lightweight. They are really accurate- I can shoot these guns far more accurately than I can with a handgun or a shotgun. And these 30-round magazines essentially serve as an insurance mechanism because if multiple intruders, especially armed intruders, are entering my home, I don’t want to have to take the time to reload to get the job done.

Earlier today, I noted that Vice President Joe Biden told readers of Parents magazine yesterday:

You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and, in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself.


“Bigelow: AR-15 Easier to Shoot as a Woman”
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By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Ammunition, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Self-Defense 4 Comments

California Democrats Propose Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban, Sweeping Gun ‘Control’ Measures

How many of you have heard that old saying?

“As goes California, so goes the rest of the country.”

Well, Democratic lawmakers are pushing sweeping gun “control” in the “Golden State” these days. And gun rights supporters across the nation are watching intently, fully-aware that what transpires on the “Left Coast” may be coming to their “neck of the woods” soon. From the CBS News website yesterday morning:

Weeks after New York enacted the nation’s toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre.

Democrats who control the state Legislature revealed 10 proposals that they said would make California the most restrictive state for possessing firearms

Among the measures is one that would outlaw the future sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. The restriction would prevent quick reloading by requiring bullets to be loaded one at a time.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

See this firearm?

Ruger 10-22

It’s a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle that’s often used by younger shooters but whose utility, ergonomics, and performance is appreciated by older ones so much that it’s been one of the most popular firearms in the United States for a long time now (it’s been produced since 1964). By the way, it also has a detachable rotary magazine that holds 10 cartridges.

Gone- if these California lawmakers get their way.

Thursday evening on the San Francisco Chronicle website, Wyatt Buchanan listed the other gun “control” measures being proposed:

Not all of the measures announced Thursday have been put in bill form, but they and other recent proposals include:

– Requiring all handgun owners to obtain an annual safety certificate akin to that required for obtaining a concealed weapons permit, which requires holders to take hours-long courses in gun use and safety.
– Barring the loaning or sale of a firearm between people who know each other personally.
– Requiring gun owners to purchase insurance to cover the cost of any damage that could result from use of a firearm.
– A 5-cent tax on each bullet purchased, with the money to be spent on either policing in high-crime areas or mental-illness screening and treatment for children.
– Requirements for ammunition sellers to be registered and sales reported to state officials.

In all, state Senate Democrats plan to introduce seven bills; while in the Assembly, 13 bills and one resolution have been introduced so far, and more may be coming. The bills contain multiple gun regulations.

“The bills contain multiple gun regulations.”

Since there’s that bit about “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” in the United States Constitution, I suspect the State of California will be slapped with a lawsuit should the sweeping gun “control” ever be implemented.

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

Sources:

“Calif. lawmakers seek toughest gun laws in nation.” CBS News/Associated Press. 8 Feb. 2013. (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57568322/calif-lawmakers-seek-toughest-gun-laws-in-nation/). 9 Feb. 2013.

Buchanan, Wyatt. “State lawmakers propose tough gun laws.” San Francisco Chronicle. 8 Feb. 2013. (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-lawmakers-propose-tough-gun-laws-4261890.php). 9 Feb. 2013.

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