Todd Vandermyde

SP Intel Report- November 13, 2015

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Cook County Finance Committee Approves Ammunition Tax

It comes as no surprise that Cook County, Illinois, aims to tax law-abiding firearm owners in the county for the actions of criminals- yet again. Earlier this week I mentioned Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle had proposed a tax on ammunition sales in the county. Today, the Cook County Finance Committee approved the proposal. Hal Dardick reported on the Chicago Tribune website tonight:

The Finance Committee on Friday approved a series of other new taxes and fees. They include… A new tax on bullets- 5 cents per round of “centerfire ammunition” and 1 cent per round of “rimfire ammunition”- to raise $320,000 a year for public safety and health programs.

Todd Vandermyde, Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said the county could expect a court challenge on the bullet fee, just as it is battling a lawsuit against a $25-per-gun purchase tax that went into effect two years ago.

“It seems interesting that the county wants to go down this road again, because you’ll incur even more litigation with a new suit to deal with this issue,” Vandermyde said, noting the relatively small sum the bullet tax is expected to bring in…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

See you in court? I’d be curious to find out how much that $25-per-gun purchase tax lawsuit has cost Cook County taxpayers to date.

Illinois

Illinois State Rifle Association Warns Of State Gun Control Legislation

Still on the topic of firearms tonight, gun control is on the march here in the “Land of Lincoln.” And the Illinois State Rifle Association has identified new initiatives that threaten the Second Amendment. From the ISRA Thursday Bulletin’s “Executive Director’s Message” for November 12, 2015:

In Springfield we have a couple of troublesome House Resolutions introduced. The first of these is HR0830 (Flowers, D-31, Chicago). HR 0830 calls for President Obama to hold a National Conference on Gun Violence by the end of 2015, in Chicago. This of course would be a blame the law abiding gun owners conference more than anything else. There are only 49 days left this year so it would have to happen quickly.

The next resolution, (Welch, D-7, Hillside), urges the courts, especially the Supreme Court, to adhere to the clear wording of the Second Amendment, being a right afforded to state sponsored militias, not individuals (this is their wording, not mine). What this clearly points out is that the Second Amendment is under attack. If you are not disturbed by this, you should be…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

You can read the entire Thursday Bulletin via the ISRA’s Twitter page here.

International

My thoughts and prayers go out to France this evening. While appalled, I am not shocked to hear of the Paris terror attack however. For a couple of years now I’ve talked about the November 2008 Mumbai, India, slaughter being emulated by terrorists. Almost a year ago to this day I blogged:

Something tells me our friends in Western Europe might suffer a major terrorist attack before a strike against the United States…

And on January 7, 2015, I wrote:

I still predict major terrorist attacks having the potential of inflicting large numbers of casualties will be directed against America and its allies in the future. The possible culprits being several, but including Muslim extremists like Al-Qaeda and its affiliates…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Captain Obvious strikes again? Perhaps. But the notion of a large scale terror attack directed against the United States and/or its allies doesn’t appear to have been registering on the radars of lots of people these days. With a laughable economic “recovery” and plenty of distractions in play by the powers-that-be, who could blame them?

After the carnage in France, America and her allies remain in the crosshairs of the terrorists. Stay safe…

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

Source:

Dardick, Hal. “Preckwinkle wins hotel tax, declines to rule out future hikes.” Chicago Tribune. 13 Nov. 2015. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-preckwinkle-hotel-tax-cook-county-met-20151113-story.html). 13 Nov. 2015.

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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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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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Poll: Illinois Voters Support More Gun ‘Control’

There’s a new poll out that suggests Illinois voters support more “gun control.” Frank Main reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

A new poll shows widespread support among Illinois voters across the political spectrum for the gun-control proposals being debated in Washington and Springfield.

By a 4-1 ratio, voters said they were more likely to elect legislative candidates who backed strong gun-control measures, according to the poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.

Those voters included gun owners, the poll found.

“Widespread support among Illinois voters” for more gun “control”?

Maybe in the Chicagoland area, where plenty of my neighbors like to tell themselves “The Rahmfather” will protect and care for them in a jam.

But considering what I know about the rest of the state- I’m not sure I buy the poll’s findings.

Neither do the folks over at the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop, who are not only calling the poll a “propaganda piece,” but won’t even link to it.

Main added that the National Rifle Association’s chief lobbyist in Illinois, Todd Vandermyde, said the wording of some poll questions was biased.

The thing is, I can’t find the actual poll questions anywhere to analyze them myself.

Hmm.

More red flags:

• According to the Sun-Times, Washington, D.C.-based Greenberg Quinlan Rosner “does work” for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a unabashed supporter of gun “control”
• The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, a gun “control” group, commissioned the poll
• The release of the poll’s “findings” coincides with the massive gun “control” push this week at the various levels of government in the United States

Propaganda? May very well be.

Regardless, grad school/government work taught me not to put much stock in these things.

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

Source:

Main, Frank. “Majority of Illinoisans back gun-control proposals: poll.” Chicago Sun-Times. 9 Apr. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/19380736-761/majority-of-illinoisans-back-gun-control-proposals-poll.html). 10 Apr. 2013.

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Gun Rights 2, Gun ‘Control’ 0 In Illinois

Gun “control” legislation has been shot down again in the “Land of Lincoln.”

Kurt Erickson reported this morning on The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Illinois) website:

A push to ban semi-automatic weapons in Illinois fizzled again Sunday.

Two days after the Illinois Senate failed to act on a ban, the sponsor of a similar proposal in the House announced he would not be calling the controversial measure for a vote in the waning days of the legislative session.

State Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, said he will instead re-introduce the measure this spring…

Meeting in a rare Sunday session as the clock ticks down on the current General Assembly, the possibility of a vote on legislation that would have limited what kinds of weapons could be owned by Illinoisans brought a number of gun rights activists to the Statehouse.

When the decision was announced that supporters would not proceed with the legislation, opponents gathered in a House committee hearing room and cheered and chanted in favor of the Second Amendment.

“They clearly don’t have the votes for this bill,” said Todd Vandermyde, who represents the National Rifle Association.

Vandermyde said a furious lobbying effort kept the gun control supporters from “sneaking” the bill through during the lame-duck session, which ends at noon Wednesday when a new General Assembly is sworn in.

And from the Journal Star (Peoria, Illinois) website last night:

A House judiciary committee on Sunday was scheduled to vote on limiting assault weapons. But state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, the committee’s chairwoman, announced at the start of the meeting the vote was called off…

“The House feels that if the votes aren’t there to pass something between now and late Tuesday in one of the chambers, then there’s no reason for us to act on that as well,” Nekritz said.

As it stands right now in Illinois, gun rights 2, gun “control” 0.

I suspect additional statements in support of more gun “control” in Illinois could be coming from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn after this latest setback.

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

Sources:

Erickson, Kurt. “Push for gun limits in Illinois will wait until spring.” The Southern Illinoisan. 7 Jan. 2013. (http://thesouthern.com/news/local/push-for-gun-limits-in-illinois-will-wait-until-spring/article_b42710d4-588a-11e2-b9d1-001a4bcf887a.html). 7 Jan. 2013.

“Gun control unlikely to come up again during session.” Journal Star. 6 Jan. 2013. (http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1671799375/Gun-control-unlikely-to-come-up-again-during-session). 7 Jan. 2013.

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