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Chicago To Fight Gun Sale, Transfer Ban Ruling?

Supporters of gun rights scored a big victory in Chicago yesterday, continuing to undermine gun “control” efforts pushed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Associated Press reported this morning:

A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city’s ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal…

So is Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago going to appeal the ruling of Judge Chang, an Obama appointee?

Dahleen Glanton and Jason Meisner reported on the Chicago Tribune website today:

Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city’s Law Department, said in a written statement Monday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “strongly disagrees” with the judge’s decision and has instructed city attorneys “to consider all options to better regulate the sale of firearms within the city’s borders.”

So here’s a question Chicagoans might want to ask City Hall before a potential appeal is filed:

Seeing that all this stems from a 2010 lawsuit filed by three Chicago residents and an association of Illinois firearm dealers, how much, if any, is the City already on the hook for when it comes to the victors’ legal bills?

I seem to remember a certain check for $399,950 being coughed up by the City of Chicago to pay the Second Amendment Foundation for their legal costs in fighting the city’s handgun ban in the U.S. Supreme Court case of McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Followed shortly thereafter by a check for $663,294.10 to the National Rifle Association for their attorney fees related to the lawsuit.

Enquiring minds want to know…

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

Sources:

“Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules.” FOXNews.com. 7 Jan. 2014. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/06/chicago-gun-sale-ban-unconstitutional-judge-rules/). 7 Jan. 2014.

Glanton, Dahleen and Meisner, Jason. “Judge scraps Chicago’s ban on retail gun shops.” Chicago Tribune. 7 Jan. 2014. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-citys-gun-ordinance-ruled-unconstitutional-by-federal-judge-20140106,0,7182171.story?page=1). 7 Jan. 2014.

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Legal, Self-Defense No Comments

Resource Of The Week: Pursuit Channel Free On FilmOn.com

Back when I lived in Chicago I used to have satellite television. And a few channels at that time carried firearm-related programming. One of these was the Pursuit Channel. From their website:

In 2008, Pursuit Channel was established by producers for producers and for the good of the outdoor community. With this founding commitment to the outdoor industry it has propelled Pursuit Channel into the most widely distributed, pure hunting and fishing television network. Our goal with Pursuit Channel is and always will be to create a place that everyone in the industry can call home. We’re here for the good of the industry, for the good of outdoor traditions, and we’re here to stay. Our distribution, our content and our overall viewer appeal are all on the rise, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future. Pursuit Channel is the only outdoor network delivered in satellite providers DISH and DIRECTV’s BASIC package, channels received by every subscriber regardless of their level of service. With a solid, growing portfolio of cable and high power TV stations as well, the network now reaches more than 38 million households.

While the Pursuit Channel does have an awful lot of hunting and fishing shows in its lineup, there’s plenty of self-defense and shooting sports programming available as well. Case in point, the Pursuit Channel’s “NRA Freedom Friday,” which features the following shows every Friday evening:

-Trigger Time TV
-American Airgunner
-American Trigger Sports Network’s Stop The Threat
-Gun Talk TV
-Doug Koenig’s Championship Season
-Guns & Gear TV
-3-Gun Nation TV

I’ve seen most of these TV shows, and they’re really good. In fact, I’ve blogged about a few of them (American Airgunner, Trigger Time TV) already.

So here’s the great thing about this resource. While the Pursuit Channel can be viewed via satellite television on Direct TV (Channel 604) and DISH Network (Channel 393), the channel can also be watched for free via the Internet through internet based television provider FilmOn.

You can start watching the Pursuit Channel now on FilmOn.com here. And for more information about the channel, its shows, and schedule, you can visit their website here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

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

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

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

Stay tuned…

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

Source:

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

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D.C. Navy Yard Shootings Suspect African-American Male Entering With Only A Shotgun?

I only recently heard about the tragic shootings that took place at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard earlier today. While information about the incident is still coming in- and a lot of nonsense is already being spouted-off (“declare the NRA a terrorist organization!”)- I read the following on the website of NBC4 Washington, D.C. a short time ago:

At least 12 people are dead after a shooting Monday morning in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, and authorities now say they have identified the gunman.

That gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the 12 dead. Officials said he recently began working as a civilian contractor.

On the home page of the NBC affiliate, a young, African-American male sporting a bald/shaved head is shown superimposed on a banner which reads:

“Gunman ID’d in Navy Yard Shooting That Killed 13″

Hmm. A number of people were probably real disappointed that it wasn’t a “creepy cracker” that was shown.

In addition, there’s this:

Survellance video shows the gunman entered the building at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, at 1336 Isaac Hull Ave., with a shotgun, News4′s Jackie Bensen reported.

He shot the security guard in the head, killing him. The shooter then continued through the building, and seemed to target his victims, who were mostly on the third and fourth floors.

D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies responded, Bensen said. During that response, a MPD officer was shot in the leg.

The gunman was then shot by a FBI hostage response team, Bensen said.

According to what witnesses are telling investigators, by the time the shootings ended, the gunman was seen with a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle. Authorities are investigating whether the gunman took the security guard’s service weapon – likely a 9 mm pistol – and hid in wait for the first responding D.C. police officers, who would be specially armed with AR-15s.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

An African-American male suspect possibly armed with just a shotgun initially?

No “assault weapon” or “scary” handgun?

(Editor’s note: Some have already suggested this account of the incident may get “sanitized” real quick once the mainstream media get their marching orders from the powers-that-be)

Something tells me the hopes of the anti-Second Amendment crowd in furthering their agenda with the Navy Yard shootings will fade pretty fast if what NBC4 Washington is reporting this afternoon is found to be true.

In the meantime, my prayers go out to all those affected by this violence.

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

Source:

“Gunman ID’d in D.C. Navy Yard Shooting That Killed 13.” NBC Washington, D.C. 16 Sep. 2013. (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Confirmed-Shooter-at-Navy-Yard-One-Person-Shot-223897891.html). 16 Sep. 2013.

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Who Is Colion Noir?

“Calling me an Uncle Tom simply because I’m into firearms, it doesn’t even make sense. My entire identity as a black guy is based on my ownership of guns? Really? Some of the most influential black individuals have advocated for the use of firearms, so how come when I do it, I’m vilified? Take a look at the Black Panthers, MLK, Malcolm X.”

-Colion Noir, in the August 4, 2013, edition of the Chicago Tribune

Anyone every heard of a guy by the name of Colion Noir?

The name has been popping up with more frequency in my personal safety research.

I heard he was some sort of celebrity connected to gun rights. But yesterday, I finally got the low-down on Mr. Noir from my Sunday paper. Molly Hennessey-Fiske wrote in the Chicago Tribune:

Colion Noir belongs to the NRA and owns several guns, including a sleek Glock 17 handgun and a customized AR-15 rifle. But as Noir frequently points out, he does not fit the stereotype of NRA members, or what he calls OFWG: “Old, fat white guys.”

At 29, he’s not old. Nor is he fat — he’s slender and stylishly dressed with sneakers made by Prada. He’s also not white.

In the world of gun owners, Noir, an African American, has become an Internet sensation and his popularity is growing…

This is Colion Noir, an attorney, firearm owner, and growing celebrity in one of his YouTube videos from earlier this year:

Chicago is raking up body counts like it’s a video game, yet has the highest form of gun control…

Is the U.S. Army going to be in Chicago when somebody’s house gets invaded? Are the police going to be there when somebody gets robbed? Or are they just going to show up and take the report about what happened?

All the while you’re rolling around with 50 body guards and living in a modern-day fortress.


“Why Are Black ‘Leaders’ Anti Gun?”
YouTube Video

Mr. Noir is blunt, no doubt.

And not surprisingly, some have already taken to calling him an “NRA pawn” and “Uncle Tom,” according to Hennessy-Fiske.

However, Hennessy-Fiske pointed out he’s only a paid commentator- not a spokesman.

“NRA pawn.” “Uncle Tom.” Reminds me of that quote I bring up every once in a while by the American editor and novelist Charles Simmons:

Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool.

You can read more of Hennessy-Fiske’s interesting piece here.

And find out more about Mr. Noir on his website here.

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

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Only 7 Illinois Municipalities Pass ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans By State-Imposed Deadline

On July 1, I wrote the following concerning new “assault weapon” bans being considered by a number of Illinois municipalities:

As Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has only until July 9 to sign Illinois House Bill 183 (so-called “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”), discussion and implementation of “assault weapons” bans in Chicago-area municipalities has been ongoing. Back on June 21 I mentioned an e-mail I received from the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action that pointed out:

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.

Well, Illinois House Bill 183 is now law, and the deadline for enacting new “assault weapon” bans has passed. From the NRA-ILA yesterday:

Illinois: Many Local Governments Rush to Enact Last-Minute Gun Bans, But Few Succeed in Circumventing Statewide Regulation of Firearms

With enactment into state law of concealed carry legislation, House Bill 183, a new fight for gun rights in Illinois was started. A clause included in this new law allowed home rule local governments to enact their own so-called “assault weapon” bans within ten days of House Bill 183’s enactment. In the days preceding and immediately following enactment, a flurry of city council meetings were scheduled to discuss or pass a ban on popularly owned semi-automatic firearms.

Approximately sixty different local meetings were scheduled in total, and many Illinois NRA members and gun owners attended those meetings and contacted their local officials in opposition to these hastily crafted restrictions. Due to the efforts of those law-abiding citizens defending their Second Amendment rights, only seven new “assault weapon” bans were enacted throughout the state (listed below) before the deadline – Friday, July 19.

If you or anyone you know have been arrested or harassed under a local ban or ordinance, please contact the NRA Legislative Counsel’s office at (703) 267-1161.

Localities with new bans:

• Calumet Park – (No language available)
• Dolton – Assault Weapon Ban (No language available)
• Evanston – Assault Weapon Ban (Page 11)
• Highland Park – Assault Weapon Ban
• Melrose Park – Assault Weapon Ban (No language available)
• North Chicago – Assault Weapon Ban
• Skokie – Assault Weapon Ban (Page 50)

Other local governments passed ordinances pertaining to firearms storage and transportation. Those localities include:

• Country Club Hills
• Deerfield
• University Park
• Winnetka

Thank you to all members who attended local meetings and voiced their opposition to bans or unreasonable regulations on firearms commonly owned for self-defense. While Illinois now has concealed carry, continued vigilance is necessary to ensure protection of our rights. Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight unreasonable restrictions and will keep you updated.

Next up for these 7 municipalities concerning this issue?

Lawsuits, I suspect.

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

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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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Standard-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Passes Out Of Illinois Senate Executive Committee

Gun “control” is on the move again in Illinois as legislation banning standard-capacity ammunition magazines has passed out of the Illinois Senate Executive Committee, setting up Senate Bill 1002 to be voted upon by the full chamber. Lauren Leone-Cross reported on Springfield’s The State Journal-Register website late yesterday:

The Democrat-controlled Senate Executive Committee passed the measure 12-3, with two Republicans, Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont and Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine, voting “yes.”

“I think this is a chance that this bill could save lives, and I think it’s worth taking that chance,” Murphy said.

Leone-Cross added later in the article:

Sponsoring Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, said that while he doesn’t know when he’ll call SB 1002 for a vote in the full Senate or whether he has the votes, it “looks promising.”

Illinois residents who think their Republican state senator will oppose this legislation might be in for a rude shock, seeing that Senators Radogno- the Minority Leader no less- and Murphy have now aligned themselves with the gun “control” camp on this bill.

In the meantime, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has sent out the following:

Illinois: Anti Self-Defense Amendment to be Considered in Senate as Early as Tomorrow

Contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to oppose Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 1002!

Today, in another attempt to further disarm the law-abiding residents in Illinois, an amendment offered by state Senator Dan Kotowski (D-28) to Senate Bill 1002, was heard by the Senate Executive Committee. Amendment 2 to SB1002 would limit the sale and transfer of all standard capacity magazines. Rather than addressing criminals engaging in gang violence, Chicago politicians want to limit the ability of law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves against those criminals.

In a state that is under court order to enact concealed carry reform laws for the self-defense of its residents, this restriction on standard capacity magazines is a step in the wrong direction. This legislation will only remove the ability of responsible gun owners to defend themselves and their loved ones.

It is critical that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to resist this legislative attempt to disarm and punish law-abiding citizens. Contact your state Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to uphold Illinoisans’ right to self-defense by opposing Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 1002.

Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

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

Source:

Leone-Cross, Lauren. “Illinois Senate panel endorses ammunition limit.” The State Journal-Register. 20 May 2013. (http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x776192437/Senate-committee-to-vote-on-proposed-high-capacity-magazine-ban?zc_p=0). 21 May 2013.

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Chicago Democrat Denounces ‘Extremists’ As Restrictive Concealed-Carry Legislation Stalls In Illinois Senate

Remember that restrictive right to carry legislation that passed out of committee and was supposed to be voted on by the Illinois Senate yesterday? Well, House Bill 183, which would permit may-issue right to carry, giving local law enforcement veto power for permits and home-rule municipalities additional say over where people can carry a firearm in public, never came up for a vote Friday.

Opposition to the Chicago Democrat-sponsored concealed-carry legislation turned out to be significant.

Rafael Guerrero reported on the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

The push to pass a more restrictive concealed carry measure stalled late last week as support began to drop off before a key vote in the Illinois Senate…

“For a day at least, the extremists have prevailed,” said Sen. Kwame Raoul, the South Side Democrat who sponsored the proposal and hoped to call it for a vote in the full Senate on Friday.

For some reason, this Chicago Democrat- like many gun “control” supporters- seems to think the National Rifle Association is synonymous with all Americans who support gun “rights.” There are untold numbers who are pro-2nd Amendment but who don’t belong to the NRA- yet are just as loud as their NRA counterparts in voicing their objections to more restrictions being placed on a Constitutional right.

The state senator continued to rant about “extremists.” Zach Buchheit wrote on the Sun-Times Politics blog yesteday:

“One of the realities that I was keenly aware of when I entered this effort was that there are some extremists,” said Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), sponsor of the gun-control measure. “There are some extremists with some very loyal followings, and they use intimidation as part of their advocacy efforts. And sometimes that intimidation is quite effective.”

Or enough Illinoisans simply made it known to their elected state senators that they don’t like his may-issue right to carry legislation. Now there’s a reasonable explanation as to why House Bill 183 has stalled, rather than the big, bad NRA getting its way.

Stay tuned…

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

Sources:

Guerrero, Rafael. “Illinois concealed carry bill stalls.” Chicago Tribune. 18 May 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illinois-legislature-0519-20130518,0,2454696.story) 18 May 2013.

Buchheit, Zach. “Senate concealed-carry push never sees the floor, NRA resistance leaves it short of votes.” Sun-Times Politics. 17 May 2013. (http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2013/05/senate_concealed-carry_push_never_sees_the_floor_nra_resistance_leaves_it_short_of_votes.html). 18 May 2013.

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Illinois Senate Could Vote On Right To Carry Legislation Friday

In Illinois, right to carry legislation emerged today from the state’s Senate Executive Committee, and could be voted on by the entire chamber as early as tomorrow. Lauren Leone-Cross reported on The State Journal-Register (Springfield) website this afternoon:

A Chicago Democrat’s restrictive concealed-carry legislation made it through a Senate committee Thursday, with opponents vowing again to fight its passage.

The measure, which gives local law enforcement veto power for permits and home-rule municipalities additional say over where people can carry a weapon in public, passed the Senate Executive Committee by a party-line 10-4 vote.

Dave McKinney blogged about Illinois House Bill 183 this afternoon on the Chicago Sun-Times website. On the Sun-Times Politics blog, McKinney wrote:

Within Chicago, [State Senator (D-Chicago) Kwame] Raoul’s legislation would require police Supt. Garry McCarthy to sign off on all concealed-carry applicants before they could get permits from the Illinois State Police, setting up what gun-rights advocates fear would be a choke-point that could keep city gun owners from getting licenses…

Raoul’s bill, which could be voted on by the Senate Friday, also would permit Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and other sheriffs to lodge objections to any concealed-carry applicants that the State Police would have to consider along with 17 other qualifying hurdles.

Among those requirements are the broad standards of whether an applicant demonstrates “good moral character” and whether the issuance of a concealed-carry license to that person is “consistent with public safety.”

Rather than “shall-issue” right to carry, Illinois residents as a whole would be left with “may-issue” right to carry, which some say will result in only a small number of permits being issued- outside of those for family, friends, and campaign donors, according to scuttlebutt. A prominent pro-2nd Amendment group is going so far as to declare the new legislation not even a right to carry bill. Monique Garcia, Rafael Guerrero, and Ray Long reported on the Chicago Tribune website tonight:

Leading the opposition was the National Rifle Association, whose lobbyist delivered a clear message that the bill was so restrictive it could not be properly called a “carry bill.”

“This is a bill to discourage people and prevent people from carrying firearms and exercising their constitutional, fundamental right to keep and bear arms for self-defense in public,” [National Rifle Association's Illinois lobbyist Todd] Vandermyde testified.

Sounds like if this legislation is passed in the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat Quinn, it will probably be heading back to the courts. A federal appeals court required Illinois to put a concealed-carry law in place by June 9.

House Bill 183 could come up for a vote in the full Senate tomorrow, Friday, May 17.

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

Sources:

Leone-Cross, Lauren. “Senate panel OKs restrictive gun bill; full chamber could vote Friday.” The State Journal-Register. 16 May 2013. (http://www.sj-r.com/carousel/x1039442731/Illinois-Senate-committee-to-consider-gun-bill). 16 May 2013.

McKinney, Dave. “Senate panel OKs concealed-carry bill over NRA opposition.” Sun-Times Politics. 16 May 2013. (http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2013/05/senate_panel_advances_concealed-carry_bill_over_nra_objections.html). 16 May 2013.

Long, Ray, Guerrero, Rafael, and Garcia, Monique. “Concealed carry rules for Illinois emerge but face uncertain fate.” Chicago Tribune. 16 May. 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illinois-concealed-carry-0517-20130517,0,1062260,full.story). 16 May 2013.

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Anti-Gun Illinois State Senators Could Force Votes This Week On Flawed Right To Carry, Magazine Ban Legislation

In “Madiganistan,” the push for more gun ‘control’ has become a part of everyday life. These days, anti-gun legislators are looking to severely restrict legal concealed-carry that’s coming to Illinois in less than a month, as well as to impose a 10-round limit on CCW firearm ammunition magazines. From the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action website yesterday:

Illinois: Senate Skirts Right to Carry Mandate by Contemplating Vote on Severely Flawed Bills This Week

This week in Springfield, anti-gun state Senators will attempt to derail Right to Carry by forcing votes on severely flawed Right to Carry legislation and a bill to ban magazines commonly used in carry firearms. This faulty concealed carry legislation attempts to exempt Chicago and Cook County from any “shall-issue” mandate and allow individual towns to expand the list of places statewide that are off-limits to anyone concealed carrying. If such exemptions are adopted, 40% of Illinois’ population could be denied the ability to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense based on their residency and the confusing patchwork of laws will put ALL gun owners statewide at risk of felony prosecution. Call your state Senator TODAY: Tell him or her that any compromise and vote in favor of this type of legislation to abandon 40% of the Illinois population is a vote against Right to Carry.

Also imminent is a vote on banning magazines commonly used in concealed carry firearms. The bill number is not yet available, but the legislation seeks to impose an arbitrary ten-round limit. Restrictions on magazine capacity only limit the ability of law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves effectively and would ban numerous commonly used standard capacity magazines.

It is imperative that you contact your state Senator NOW and respectfully tell him or her to support “Shall-Issue” Right to Carry without carve-outs and exceptions for municipalities, and to oppose any magazine bans. With Right to Carry in jeopardy, state legislators need to be reminded that “Shall-Issue” carry is the best move for Illinois. In a state with an excessive crime problem, Illinois citizens need to be able to defend themselves against the criminals and gang members who will not obey ANY laws. 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. State legislators have a responsibility to their constituents to NOT choose politics over a perfect chance to make Illinois a safer place for ALL residents.

Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

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

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Glenn Beck: ‘We Are The First Responders’

Glenn Beck, the conservative radio/television host, political commentator, and author, gave the keynote address at the National Rifle Association’s 2013 national convention that just wrapped up in Houston. Beck, who I actually met and spoke to briefly when I was in Dallas at the end of March for the FoodInsurance™ “Ready, Set, Prep” Summit, pointed out the following concerning the term “first responders” as he spoke about different firearms that “tell the story and teach the story of the 2nd Amendment.” From his speech:

9/11- Walter Reaver’s Revolver

September 11th, 2001. A moment in history that will define this generation. While victims were running away, men, were running into those buildings. Amazing men like young Walter Weaver, a member of the NYPD and an NRA life member. He was last seen in the World Trade Center trying to rescue people. He was in the lobby trying to free people trapped in an elevator. A servant fighting for the individual’s freedom until the very end.

After the towers fell and the nation mourned, we sifted through the rubble, this is all that was left as a reminder of Walter Weaver. A silent token of liberty.

Walter Weaver, I’m sure wouldn’t want to be called a hero.

He was simply an American.

He was an example of what we all should be—men, who just do the right thing when time calls our name.

When there is an emergency or trouble we are the ones that should run to help. We must be the action on the other end of the 911 call.

I don’t know, but I believe Walter Weaver would tell you that he wasn’t trained to be hero by the police academy.

But he was raised in a culture that taught him about self-sacrifice and to always do the right thing, even when no one else is watching. He had those things long before he wore a uniform.

How many of us can say that.

Good cops, bad cop, it doesn’t mean you take all the badges. It’s the people, not the badge.

As good as the policemen in our country are. When you are in trouble the average police response rate is 8 minutes; most crimes take less than one.

If a responsible citizen with a gun had been in that movie theater in Colorado, or if members in the audience in that theater were allowed to bring their gun into the theater and not leave them locked in their cars, how many lives would have been saved?

How many of the mourning, children would instead have been able to spend time over breakfast with their mom or dad this morning if someone good was allowed to have a gun?

While our politicians from the local to the federal level have spent us into oblivion, and our public services are being obliterated and our police force is being cut.

I will no longer accept the media falsehood nor reinforce it by calling our brave men and women in blue on our cities and streets first responders. It’s time for America to recognize WE are the first responders.

They are the 2nd responders, we are the first responders.

When there is trouble let us be the first on the scene to help.

Let us be the first responder when someone is sick or hungry or frightened.

Let us be the first to share our bread with the hungry; Let us be the first to open our hearts to the homeless poor; Let us be the first to remove the yoke of injustice.

I don’t know what America will choose. But for me and my family, I choose to stand with courage. I choose to stand with selflessness. I chose to stand with God with Malice toward none and charity to all.

That’s who we are.

Forget what the media says, I know that’s who we are.

You can read Glenn Beck’s entire speech here on GlennBeck.com.

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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Illinois House To Vote On NRA-Backed Right To Carry Bill Thursday

Listen up all you night owls who are also supporters of legal concealed-carry in the state of Illinois. Once again, from the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action website tonight:

Illinois: State House to Vote on NRA-Backed Right to Carry Bill Tomorrow

Contact your state Representative NOW!

Tomorrow, your state Representative will be voting on a bill to bring Right to Carry to Illinois, as ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Shepard v. Madigan. NRA-backed House Bill 997 would provide strong shall-issue Right to Carry in Illinois, the lone state in the nation without any form of concealed carry for self-defense.

This bill needs your immediate help, so please contact your state Representative now and urge him or her to support HB 997! Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.

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

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