Guns & Ammo Publishes ‘Best States For Gun Owners 2015’

Yesterday I happened to come across an article entitled “Best States for Gun Owners 2015” on the Guns & Ammo website. Keith Wood wrote Tuesday:

For the third consecutive year and first time in print, Guns & Ammo presents our assessment of each state’s gun laws in a format that ranks them from worst to first for gun owners…

G&A has conducted a thorough review of each state’s laws and considered initiatives pending in state legislatures. Every effort has been made to create a ranking system that is fair, equitable, accurate and objective. States were ranked numerically in each of five categories: right-to-carry, right to own “black rifles” (i.e., firearms possessing a tactical appearance), presence of the Castle Doctrine, subjects relating to the National Firearms Act (NFA) and a catchall miscellaneous column…

Interesting. Considering the amount of activity in the state recently as it concerns gun rights, I was real curious to see where Illinois ranked on this list. From the piece:

43. Illinois

Illinois has gone from one of the worst states for gun owners to “not so bad as long as you don’t live in Chicago” these last few years. The state’s “shall issue” concealed carry permit system is up and running for both residents and nonresidents, and the sky did not fall. Illinois’ Firearm Owner’s Identification, or “FOID,” requirement remains in effect for all residents wishing to touch a firearm or ammunition except for those possessed by nonresidents in accordance with state law. Suppressors are not permitted in Illinois, though a bill to change that is currently before the legislature. Short-barreled rifles are not allowed. At the point of sale, there is a three-day waiting period before picking up a handgun, and a 24-hour waiting period is applied to all long guns. The state has strong use-of-force laws, and all tactical rifles are legal outside of municipalities such as Chicago and Highland Park…

To expand on that bit about “all tactical rifles are legal outside of municipalities such as Chicago and Highland Park,” Don Babwin reported on The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) website back on July 20, 2013:

According to the Illinois State Rifle Association, at least 16 municipalities – including Chicago – enacted ordinances banning or regulating assault weapons. Every one of them was in the Chicago metropolitan area. Around 30 other municipalities took up the issue but voted down the bans.

The list of towns that took action includes places such as Evanston, Highland Park, Hazel Crest and Calumet Park…

So that’s Illinois. How about north of the state line where I pursue the bulk of my outdoor activities (when I have the time, that is)? From the article:

25. Wisconsin

Life improved markedly for gun-owning Wisconsin residents when former Gov. Jim Doyle was replaced by Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin’s hard-won CCW law gets good marks for strong reciprocity and very limited “gun-free zones.” The state has a Castle Doctrine statute on the books and doesn’t restrict NFA items or tactical-looking firearms. A bill to repeal the state’s 48-hour waiting period on handgun purchases was recently signed by Gov. Walker, yet another step forward for gun owners. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is about as outspokenly pro-gun as it gets, which is a rare thing in a major metro area…

Nearby Indiana, by the way, actually placed 16th in this year’s rankings. Nice job.

Where does your state fall in the 2015 list? Head on over to the Guns & Ammo website here to find out.

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


Babwin, Don. “By deadline, few Illinois towns pass assault weapons bans.” The State Journal-Register, 20 July 2013. (http://www.sj-r.com/article/20130720/News/307209909). 23 July 2015.

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Illinois State Rifle Association Annual Range Open House On June 20

The Illinois State Rifle Association is holding their 13th Annual Range Open House this coming Saturday, June 20. From the ISRA website before the weekend:

NRA Day at the ISRA Range 13th Annual Range Open House – JUNE 20, 2015
Directions: 1589 N 7000 W Road
Time: 10:00-4:00
Bring your family and friends!
FREE Admission!
FREE Parking!

The ISRA range is located in Bonfield (near Kankakee), and according to the open house flyer:

All law-abiding citizens are invited… even those who do not own a gun or have never fired a gun before.

Also from the flyer:

Factory representatives from major manufacturers will be on hand to answer your questions about your favorite firearms. You can test-fire the guns of your choice and try your hand at archery, too. A small fee for ammunition will be required.

A BB gun and an air rifle range will be set up for our younger guests—a great opportunity to get the whole family involved, RAIN or SHINE! Food and soft drink vendors will be on site to make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty.

We will also have information available on a wide variety of ISRA and NRA programs. We encourage you to stop by and pick up a pamphlet on your particular area of interest.

The ISRA Range has numerous amenities to offer NRA Day attendees, including:

• Free safety orientation
• Covered firing points
• An opportunity to shoot a wide variety of firearms under the direct supervision of instructors. Shooting disciplines will include:
• Covered picnic pavilion
• Indoor restrooms and showers

“Illinois State Rifle Association- NRA Day 2014”
YouTube Video

I also spotted this:

• Military encampments and reenactments for WWII, Vietnam and the French and Indian War.
• A variety of military vehicles and an MP guard booth will be on display.

Sounds like a fun time to spend a Saturday as summer kicks offs. For more information about the event, head on over to the ISRA website here where you can obtain the flyer (.pdf document) for the 2015 ISRA Range Open House.

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

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Resource Of The Week: Free Access To Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons For Law Enforcement, Guns Of The Old West, Tactical Weapons, And More Magazine Articles

Back on April 23, I named free digital editions of a number of FMG Publications (American COP, American Handgunner, GUNS Magazine, and Shooting Industry) as the “Resource Of The Week.”

This week’s ROTW nomination is along those same lines. From the website of New York City-based Harris Publications, Inc.:

Harris Publications is one of the nation’s largest special interest media companies operating over 75 brands with print, digital, mobile and live event platforms…

Their offerings include the following magazines/media:

AK-47 & Soviet Weapons
• American Frontiersman
Combat Handguns
• Complete Book Of Guns
• Complete Book Of Handguns
• Concealed Carry Handguns
• Glock Autopistols
Gun Annual
• Gun Buyer’s Annual
• Gun Buyer’s Guide
Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement
Guns Of The Old West
• The New Pioneer
Military Surplus
• Personal & Home Defense

• Personaldefenseworld.com
• Pocket Pistols
• Realworldsurvivor.com
Special Weapons For Military & Police
• Survivor’s Edge
Tactical Weapons
The Complete AR Rifleman

Now you see those titles in bold? Harris Publications allows free access to selected articles within these publications. This includes many pieces on a number of topics from both current and archives issues, such as:

• “12 Products That Will Enhance Your AK Rifle” (AK-47 & Soviet Weapons)
• “46 Everyday Carry Items in 3 Different Setups” (Ballistic)
• “Primed For Perfection: Building a Combat-Ready, Custom AR” (BlackGuns)
• “13 Entry-Level 1911 Pistols Under $800 For Home Defense and Range Training” (Combat Handguns)
• “How To Choose The Right Pocket Pistol For Self-Defense” (Pocket Pistols)

Looking for some reading material over the long holiday weekend? Head on over to Harris Publications’ Tactical-Life website here, making sure to select “See Current Issue” of the magazine you’re interesting in reading to access the free articles.

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

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

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Resource Of The Week: Free Digital Editions Of GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, Shooting Industry, And American COP

Chances are, you’ve visited a pharmacy or grocery store which contained one or more titles from FMG Publications on their magazine rack. San Diego-based FMG publishes:

American Handgunner (6 times/year)
GUNS Magazine (12 times/year)
Shooting Industry (12 times/year)

As well as a number of special editions, including:

American Handgunner Annual
American Handgunner Personal Defense
American Handgunner Survive
American Handgunner Tactical
GUNS Magazine Annual
GUNS Magazine AR-15
GUNS Magazine Combat
GUNS Magazine Surplus

I’ve picked up issues of American Handgunner Survive in the past, and was really impressed with the content.

Now, did you know that FMG Publications uploads FREE digital editions of some magazine titles onto its website? From the FMG site:

FMG Publications are now available at no charge to anyone with access to an Internet connection. The new interactive digital editions of American COP, American Handgunner, GUNS Magazine and Shooting Industry uses the latest dynamic flash, flip-page technology to create a real-time, page-turning, online magazine viewing experience. Embedded links in featured products and advertisements allow visitors easy, single-click access to advertiser web sites.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I understand American COP is no longer being published. Still, digital editions appear on the website up until July 2014. As I type this, the May/June 2015 digital edition of American Handgunner is out on the FMG site, as is the June digital issue of GUNS Magazine and April’s Shooting Industry.

Head on over to the FMG Publications website here to access each publication’s digital editions.

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

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

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NRA: BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo

It was only a matter of time. Several weeks into the new year, and the gun “control” crowd is off-and-running again. There’s been a number of developments lately, but here’s one that seems to be really worrying American gun owners- particularly those possessing the popular AR-15 rifle. From the website of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislation Action (NRA-ILA) this past Friday:

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.

By way of background, federal law imposed in 1986 prohibits the manufacture, importation, and sale by licensed manufacturers or importers, but not possession, of “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely . . . from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium.” Because there are handguns capable of firing M855, it “may be used in a handgun.” It does not, however, have a core made of the metals listed in the law; rather, it has a traditional lead core with a steel tip, and therefore should never have been considered “armor piercing.” Nonetheless, BATFE previously declared M855 to be “armor piercing ammunition,” but granted it an exemption as a projectile “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

Now, however, BATFE says that it will henceforth grant the “sporting purposes” exception to only two categories of projectiles:

Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles

A .22 caliber projectile that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition under 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) will be considered to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rimfire cartridge.

Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles

Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rimfire), projectiles that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition will be presumed to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.

BATFE is accepting comments until March 16, 2015 on this indefensible attempt to disrupt ammunition for the most popular rifle in America. Check back early next week for a more in-depth analysis of this “framework” and details on how you can submit comments.

How to comment – from the BATFE

ATF will carefully consider all comments, as appropriate, received on or before March 16, 2015, and will give comments received after that date the same consideration if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or before March 16, 2015. ATF will not acknowledge receipt of comments. Submit comments in any of three ways (but do not submit the same comments multiple times or by more than one method):

ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov

Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Brown, Enforcement Programs and Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226; telephone: (202) 648-7070.

Permission has been granted by the NRA-ILA to reproduce the above.

“BATF to ban M855/SS109 ammo”
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Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Illinois Concealed-Carry Latest

“[Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry] McCarthy, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the law allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public, warned there will be confrontations that could escalate into a deadly shooting- similar to January, when a retired police officer shot and killed a man who had been using his cell phones during the previews at a movie theater; or when a Florida man shot four teens- killing one- during an argument over loud rap music in 2012.

“There are going to be confrontation situations. We’re hearing stories across the country about people getting shot over ‘thug music,’ right? Or somebody throwing popcorn in a movie theater,” he said. “These things are going to come, as sure as we’re standing here.”

He said deadly shootings involving people supposedly acting in self-defense will be seen in Illinois now that residents can carry guns in public.

“Stand by and watch what happens. The answer to gun violence is not more guns,” McCarthy said…”

-CBS2 Chicago website, March 4, 2014

Now that the first year of Illinois concealed-carry has wrapped up, I thought I’d blog a bit about where it stands at the present time.

First things first. No “rivers of blood” from CCW permit holders ran through the streets of the state. And the “Land of Lincoln” did not become the “Wild West.”

So much for that nonsense from the gun “control” crowd. Gives you an idea of how little they view Illinoisans.

Second, Illinois residents have turned out in droves for the new Illinois Concealed Carry License. On January 2 I blogged:

From Illinois State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson in his “Director’s Message” for January 2015:

Last week I learned there were over 102,000 concealed carry licenses that had been applied for (we made the 100,000 goal for applications the first year).

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Third, concealed-carry permits are still in high demand- at least in some areas of the state. Craig Choate reported on the WSIL-TV (ABC Southern Illinois) website on January 2:

One year ago, Illinois became the final state in the country to approve concealed weapons. Since then, thousands applied for, and got those permits. Now with Ferguson, Missouri still fresh in people’s minds, applications have spiked again.

Demand for the permits has not slowed down for the 16 hour course that goes with it. Those close to the issue, say demand keeps rising.

Retired state trooper Steve Sweeney says the flood of gun permit applications didn’t surprise him a bit. He teaches the conceal carry course at Wright’s in Pinckneyville, and says crime stories in the news always bring a rush of new students.

“The initial rush, everybody wanted it immediately, then there was a lull and it tapered off, and now it’s back, the phone’s ringing off the wall, things like Ferguson will prompt people to go out and get their training.” said Sweeney.

Gun store owners say every time Illinois issues a new permit, they get a new customer said Hicks Trading Station owner Kevin Hicks, “It’s probably increased the concealed carry styled guns, both semi-automatics and revolvers, probably 40-50 percent over what they would have been without the concealed carry law.”

According to one Illinois media outlet, the number of concealed-carry permits applied for last year actually fell significantly short of what state law enforcement had forecast. From the WAND-TV (NBC Decatur) website on December 30, 2014:

Last year ISP predicted between 300 and 400 thousand people would apply.

As if 102,000 applications were shabby.

That’s it for now. For more information about the Illinois Concealed Carry License visit the Illinois State Police website here.

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


Choate, Craig. “Conceal Carry Still In High Demand.” WSIL-TV. 2 Jan. 2015. (http://www.wsiltv.com/home/top-story/Conceal-Carry-Still-In-High-Demand–287377871.html). 10 Jan. 2015.

“Concealed Carry Turnout Lower Than Some Expected.” WAND-TV. 30 Dec. 2014. (http://www.wandtv.com/story/27732775/concealed-carry-turnout-lower-than-some-expected). 10 Jan. 2015.

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Gabe Suarez: ‘Today, Every Man Is A Counter Terrorist’

Because I’m busy compiling new “Resources Of The Week” for 2015, there’s won’t be a post from that series tonight.

But I also wanted to share with Survival And Prosperity readers before the week was out something I read earlier this evening on the Facebook page of The Suarez Group (“a multi-national corporation involved the study and application of high end weapons, and leading edge tactics, for students of the art of personal combat”).

I first mentioned Gabe Suarez, head of The Suarez Group and a decorated veteran of Southern California law enforcement, on this blog back in my April 28, 2011, post entitled, “The Next Mumbai-Style Terrorist Attack.” I wrote back then:

If an American Mumbai occurs, I’m guessing it will go down in a high-profile, internationally-known city whose residents/workers are likely to be unarmed and incapable of defending themselves against rampaging terrorists with automatic weapons- like my hometown of Chicago.

Still, it doesn’t hurt for Americans outside of the “Windy City” to prepare for such an event. Consider what Gabe Suarez, a decorated veteran of Southern California law enforcement and president of the personal safety training outfit Suarez International, wrote in his blog Warrior Talk News on May 6, 2010:

Put yourself in the enemy’s shoes….err, sandals…..which option would YOU pick? Which offers the easiest implementation, least chance for detection, greatest chance for success – bombs or bullets?

The mass shooting and not the improvised and unsuccessful bomb is the “easy button”, and that fact cannot be ignored by us as it will not be overlooked by the enemy.

So what do we do?

1). We must identify who the enemy is. Please go back and peruse the list of events above, both failed and successful. What is the common thread connecting the attackers?

2). Carry your gun everywhere…..a REAL fighting gun….not some sissy “suitable for CCW” 5 shot “self defense gun”.
The times are not such that concern over a mugger is the issue anymore. Carry extra ammo with you. It is not difficult at all to carry a full sized pistol with a couple of extra magazines. I have done so since 1983.

These are not the times to be seeking political correctness over public safety. It is not the time to fear false labels created and assigned by the mass media. The Israelis learned that lesson long ago. After all is said and done, it is better to be a live “intolerant racist” (as the MSM would call us) than a dead “co-existing”, tolerant “paragon of political correctness”. I suspect that had Shahzad’s bomb been successful, lots of tolerant, “co-exist” types would have died right alongside us “intolerant racists”. The times call for careful profiling and suspicious curiosity as well as daily preparation.

Dress everyday as if you had a business meeting in Mumbai on 26 November 2008 with a bunch of Jews, Christians, and atheist Americans at a cafe right across the street from the Jihad School Of Terrorism.

Be ready or be a victim.

“Be ready or be a victim.” Great words to live by.

No holds barred, right? Anyway, Suarez wrote the following yesterday concerning tactical matters related to the terrorism in France:



So consider the following – if you can, be armed always. Yes…I know. But consider the implications. Of the ten dead civilians in France, how many would have willingly disobeyed unconscionable laws in order to stay alive? If it is difficult, learn to conceal the weapon better. At the very least have a knife with which to stab a terrorist to death.

And stabbing a man to death is an exercise in extreme violence. It is not some strip mall karate school exercise done with high school kids to get in shape. It is violent and sudden and what the body does in its final moments will shock you…maybe, if you haven’t gotten your mind right about such matters.

If you look like the King Of Comedy rather than the King Of the Cage, put down the f*cking remote and get your ass in fighting shape. The terrorist coming to kill you has taken his fitness seriously…do you think he is kidding?

If you are armed your life is easier. Resist the temptation to leave the real sized fighting gun at home and go forth with some “civilian friendly metro sexual” pistol. Anyone can carry a full sized fighting pistol with a little fore thought and care in dressing for the weapon.

Consider that a terrorist event like what we saw in France is not the same as a CCW self defense encounter with concerns over legality, disparity of force, or liability. The moment that it is a terrorist event, all other concerns are non-issues. And a man or men with masks and rifles classifies as that.

Learn to shoot accurately at distance. There were guys photographing and videotaping the assassination of the French police officer. A good practiced hand with a proper pistol might have killed one or both of those terrorists at the distance.

There will be no warnings, no posting and challenging, only recognition of threat and escalation of violence…or as I term it, “getting ahead” of the fight by shooting. Learn to shoot faces and necks at room distances. Yes, there is a chance you will be killed by the terrorist…but you will be killed anyway.

And how do you want to look for the Crime Scene photos?

Under a desk hiding with a terrified look on your face and a back full of 7.62×39 rounds, or a smiling corpse on a mountain of brass and dead terrorists? I pray if I am given that choice I will be the guy in the second image. But….but, you might not be either one. You might survive and win if you are decisive enough, accurate enough, and violent enough.

Let us all be those things.

“A smiling corpse on a mountain of brass and dead terrorists”

Classic Suarez. And several points I, for one, will be left thinking about this weekend.

You can read the entire Facebook post on The Suarez Group’s page here.

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

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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)


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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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”
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)


“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

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.


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)


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:


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,


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


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


‘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)


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)


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

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