Illinois State Police

Missing ABC7 I-Team Info About Illinois Concealed Carry Security Breach

Earlier tonight, my girlfriend and I were eating dinner in front of the TV when investigative reporter Chuck Goudie appeared with his latest ABC7 I-Team segment about a security breach with the Illinois Concealed Carry License application process. From the website of Chicago ABC affiliate Channel 7 late this evening:

The ABC7 I-Team has learned some people who applied for Illinois concealed carry gun permits are being notified of a computer glitch that may have allowed other applicants to see their personal information.

State police tell the I-Team the problem happened on the first day that people were able to apply using the Illinois concealed carry website. The problem was discovered January 5 and the letters sent out by state police are dated March 4…

A state police spokesperson says the problem lasted only during a short period of time and there’s no evidence any personal information was stolen.

The “investigative report” that my girlfriend and I watched on TV around dinnertime went into more detail about the extent of the “computer glitch,” including:

1. Credit card, debit card, and Social Security numbers could have been viewed

2. At least 2 unauthorized views were detected

Not cool.

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

Source:

“Some Illinois concealed carry applicants notified of security breach.” ABC7. 10 Mar. 2014. (http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=9461309). 10 Mar. 2014.

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First Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses To Be Issued Next Week?

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

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

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

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

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

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

Just kidding.

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

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

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

Source:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Editor’s note: Italics aded for emphasis)

Stay tuned…

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

Source:

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

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

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

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

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

-Survival And Prosperity, August 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

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

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Illinois State Police Gun Ranges Open To Deer Hunters November 16 For Test-Firing Shotguns

Illinois readers looking to test fire their shotguns for the upcoming deer hunting season may be interested in the following press release from the Illinois State Police yesterday. From their website:

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its firing ranges will be open on November 16 to deer hunters for sighting in and test-firing their shotguns in a safe environment for the upcoming deer hunting season.

“The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “This will provide an opportunity for shotguns to be checked in a controlled environment, with firearms experts present, ensuring the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun,” he added.

The Open Range Program is a collaborative effort organized every year by the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

“This is a great program for hunters to make sure their equipment is in proper working order before going afield. I appreciate the Illinois State Police and their commitment to promote the safety of our sportsmen and women in Illinois,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

The public is asked to call one of the ranges listed below before the scheduled date to make a reservation. Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range. Participants must possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case. The Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program. Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP Ranges.

The following ISP Ranges will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 16, in Joliet, LaSalle, Macomb, Pawnee, and Pittsfield…

You can read the rest of the press release and retrieve range information on the Illinois State Police website here.

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

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Friday, November 15th, 2013 Firearms, Government, Hunting, Public Safety 2 Comments

Cook County Sheriff: First Illinois Concealed-Carry Licenses May Not Be Issued Until Mid-April 2014

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

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

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

(Editor’s note: Italics aded for emphasis)

That mid-April issue date should come as no surprise to individuals who have read the concealed-carry FAQ section on the Illinois State Police website. It states:

How long will it take a citizen to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

Upon receipt of a qualified application, the ISP shall issue or deny the applicant an Illinois Concealed Carry License within 90 days, provided the applicant submits a full set of fingerprints in electronic format. If fingerprints are not submitted in electronic format, the ISP is granted an additional 30 days to complete a manual background check. In all cases, law enforcement agencies will have 30 days to file an objection once an application is received.

You can view the entire Illinois State Police “Concealed Carry” webpage here.

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

Source:

Cody, John. “Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office: Concealed Carry Likely By Mid-April.” Channel 2 Chicago. 23 Oct. 2013. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/23/cook-co-sheriffs-office-concealed-carry-likely-by-mid-april/). 24 Oct. 2013.

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Public Safety No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More Justification For Postponing Illinois Concealed-Carry?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:

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

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Illinois State Police Posting List Of Approved Concealed-Carry Instructors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 Firearms, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Could Illinois Concealed-Carry Be Delayed If State Police Assists Chicago?

“State lawmakers, Rep. John Fritchey, 11th, and Rep. LaShawn Ford, 8th, are calling for Governor Quinn to deploy the Illinois National Guard to Chicago’s violent areas… 113 people have died in Chicago so far this year.”

-NBC Chicago website, April 26, 2010

“Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition call for immediate Federal Intervention and Homeland Security in Chicago as January homicide totals exceeded 45.”

-Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC), February 1, 2013, press release

“To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina.”

-Russel L. Honoré, retired Lieutenant General (U.S. Army) who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia, at a news conference in Chicago on February 21, 2013

In addition to recent calls for outside intervention in an attempt to deal with the City of Chicago’s high number of shootings and murders, there’s this from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday. Jon Seidel reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website:

Gov. Pat Quinn is willing to discuss sending in reinforcements from the Illinois State Police to help Chicago authorities deal with the violence, after a mass shooting Thursday night left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy.

The governor “stands ready” to talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and law enforcement officials in Chicago “about the possibility of providing additional Illinois State Police reinforcements to help stop the violence,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Saturday.

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

At this point in time, it’s anticipated the Illinois State Police- who play a significant role in implementing Public Act 98-63, the “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”- will be making concealed-carry applications available to the public by January 5, 2014.

Of course, timeframes as well as laws can be amended and changed.

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

Source:

Seidel, Jon. “Quinn ready to discuss sending state police to help curb violence in Chicago.” Chicago Sun-Times. 21 Sep. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/22710066-418/quinn-ready-to-discuss-state-police-help-to-curb-violence-in-chicago.html). 22 Sep. 2013.

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Illinois State Police Posts Application For Concealed-Carry Firearms Instructor On Website

The Illinois State Police posted the following on August 30 concerning applications to be a concealed-carry instructor in Illinois. From the law enforcement agency’s website:

Approval Process of Certified Firearms Instructors and Training Courses Begins Immediately

SPRINGFIELD – In advance of the September 6th statutory deadline, Illinois State Police Officials today announced the Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor and Curriculum applications are available on its website. Qualified individuals interested in completing the application to become an Illinois certified firearms instructor or to have their firearms curriculum approved for use in Illinois can access the application at http://www.isp.state.il.us/

The Department has developed a registry which will include information regarding approved instructors who apply and successfully demonstrate they meet all of the statutory requirements as soon as applications are approved. Similarly, a list of approved courses will also be available on the ISP website.

Instructor applicants are required to first electronically submit fingerprints through an Illinois licensed Livescan vendor in order to expedite the background check process. Electronic fingerprint submission is necessary to ensure timely approval of instructors and allow individuals who want to apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms license access to the required training.

Instructor applicants seeking to become a certified Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor shall be: at least 21 years of age; a legal resident of the United States; possess or be eligible for a valid FOID card; and be eligible for a Concealed Carry License in Illinois.

Instructor applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate and have at least one of the following valid firearms instructor certifications:

• Certification from a law enforcement agency
• Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by a state or federal governmental agency
• Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
• Certification from an entity approved by the Illinois State Police that offers firearm instructor education and training in the use and safety of firearms, such as the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).

Individuals interested in applying for a concealed carry license must successfully complete approved training from an approved Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor. Applications for a Concealed Carry License will be available in early January, 2014.

Before attempting to contact the Illinois State Police directly with questions, instructor applicants should refer to the ISP’s Concealed Carry FAQ at http://www.isp.state.il.us/ for information regarding the process for instructor and curriculum approval.

The Illinois State Police regularly updates its Concealed Carry FAQ’s with information regarding the Illinois Concealed Carry process.

To register as an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor and to seek approval of a Concealed Carry License Firearms Curriculum, visit the Illinois State Police website here.

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

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 Firearms, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Training 2 Comments

Push For Immediate Concealed-Carry In Illinois Delayed

Speaking of concealed-carry in Illinois, those looking to legally do so in the state may not have to wait until early 2014 to carry their handguns in such a manner. The Associated Press is reporting this morning:

Gun rights advocates trying to force a ruling to make Illinois’ concealed-carry law take immediate effect will have to wait at least more than a month for the decision from a federal appeals court.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments on the issue for Oct. 3, though it’s unclear how soon that Chicago-based court might then issue a ruling.

Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association want the 7th Circuit to immediately allow residents to carry weapons in public, arguing that the months allowed for Illinois State Police to set up the permit process and then sort through applications is untenable and illegal.

The state counters that the implementation period spelled out in the law passed in July by Illinois’ General Assembly should be allowed to run its course, citing that public safety could be compromised if appropriate background checks on applicants aren’t done as mandated.

This is a story I’ve been following for a while. I blogged back on August 6:

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

Not only have a number of gun rights supporters questioned the delay, but assistance from a federal appeals court was also requested on their behalf.

The court has responded. From the Associated Press yesterday:

A federal appeals court has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state’s fledgling concealed-carry law, though the panel has decided to give the matter a speedy review.

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request last Thursday and said it expects both sides to submit written briefs by Aug. 14 regarding whether the months-long wait to implementing the law is unreasonable and illegal, as critics insist. No oral arguments on the matter had been scheduled as of Monday.

Stay tuned…

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

Source:

“Court sets arguments in Illinois concealed-carry case.” Associated Press. 27 Aug. 2013. (http://thesouthern.com/news/court-sets-arguments-in-illinois-concealed-carry-case/article_d96df50e-0ed0-11e3-97fc-0019bb2963f4.html). 27 Aug. 2013.

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New Gun ‘Control’ Laws For State Of Illinois

“Illinois criminalizes private sales”

-The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), August 19, 2013

It was all over the Chicago-area news this past weekend:

On Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D-Chicago) signed into law House Bill 1189 (sponsored by State Representative Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) and State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago)), the “Gun Safety and Responsibility Act,” requiring firearm owners in the state to report missing firearms to police and initiate background checks on potential buyers.

Mitch Smith reported on the Chicago Tribune website Monday morning:

Starting immediately, gun owners whose weapons are lost or stolen will have 72 hours to notify police. And beginning Jan. 1, individual gun owners will have to contact the Illinois State Police before selling a weapon or transferring ownership to ensure that the purchaser is allowed to have a gun.

Quinn said the legislation closes a loophole in the state’s gun laws, which previously required gun show merchants and licensed firearms dealers — but not private sellers — to check that the customer had a valid firearm owner’s identification card. Under the new law, private sellers must contact state police, who will then search records and determine the prospective buyer’s eligibility.

Besides contacting the Illinois State Police for a background check on potential buyers beginning next year, those transferring/selling a gun will be required to do some recordkeeping on behalf of the law enforcement agency once the handover is complete. From the bill’s text:

Section 5. The Firearm Owners Identification Card Act is amended by changing Sections 3, 3.3, and 8 as follows…

(b) Any person within this State who transfers or causes to be transferred any firearm, stun gun, or taser shall keep a record of such transfer for a period of 10 years from the date of transfer. Such record shall contain the date of the transfer; the description, serial number or other information identifying the firearm, stun gun, or taser if no serial number is available; and, if the transfer was completed within this State, the transferee’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card number and any approval number or documentation provided by the Department of State Police pursuant to subsection (a-10) of this Section. On or after January 1, 2006, the record shall contain the date of application for transfer of the firearm. On demand of a peace officer such transferor shall produce for inspection such record of transfer. If the transfer or sale took place at a gun show, the record shall include the unique identification number. Failure to record the unique identification number or approval number is a petty offense.

And what happens to firearms owners in the state if they fail to report the theft of their guns within the allotted 72 hours? The “Gun Safety and Responsibility Act” says:

Sec. 24-4.1. Report of lost or stolen firearms…

(d) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a petty offense for a first violation. A second or subsequent violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor.

I don’t know about you, but something tells me this new gun “control” law isn’t going to do much to stem the shooting and killing going on in Chicagoland and elsewhere in the “Land of Lincoln” these days.

Why’s that? Because the jokers behind the shooting and killing don’t exactly acquire their firearms through “normal” channels on a routine basis.

If the shooters aren’t bringing the “five-finger discount” into play to get their guns, their street suppliers certainly don’t give a rat’s butt about FOID cards and “the prospective buyer’s eligibility.”

You can read the entire text of the “Gun Safety and Responsibility Act” on the Illinois General Assembly website here.

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

Source:

Smith, Mitch. “New law requires lost, stolen guns to be reported.” Chicago Tribune. 19 Aug. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-quinn-signs-gun-bill-20130818,0,6251315.story). 19 Aug. 2013.

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Illinois Concealed-Carry Latest

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

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

Not only have a number of gun rights supporters questioned the delay, but assistance from a federal appeals court was also requested on their behalf.

The court has responded. From the Associated Press yesterday:

A federal appeals court has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state’s fledgling concealed-carry law, though the panel has decided to give the matter a speedy review.

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request last Thursday and said it expects both sides to submit written briefs by Aug. 14 regarding whether the months-long wait to implementing the law is unreasonable and illegal, as critics insist. No oral arguments on the matter had been scheduled as of Monday.

So no CCW in the meantime, right?

Well, in a number of counties across the “Land of Lincoln,” authorities have told residents they may not be arrested for carrying a concealed firearm. Back on July 11, Chuck Goudie and the “I-Team” from Chicago ABC affiliate Channel 7 News reported:

If you have a gun and want to carry it without being bothered by local law enforcement, you will have to travel a bit outside of metro Chicago. But not too far.

Even though Illinois’ new concealed carry law is on the books, the actual state permitting process is not ready to go and won’t be for months.

Regardless, the I-Team has identified 14 counties where authorities say you may not be arrested for carrying a gun…


Channel 7 Video

Those looking at carrying a concealed firearm in these counties should keep in mind something that Goudie pointed out:

What this means is that in certain Illinois counties you could carry a gun without being bothered by local law enforcement, and then get on the expressway where Illinois state police would arrest and charge you with a gun crime.

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

Source:

“Appeals Court Denies Immediate Illinois Conceal-Carry.” Associated Press. 5 Aug. 2013. (http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/08/05/appeals-court-denies-illinois-conceal-carry/). 6 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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