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

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

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

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

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

43. Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

25. Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

Source:

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

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‘No Guns Allowed’ Signs Bad For Illinois Businesses?

A while back, I read something in one of the local papers about suburban Chicago businesses debating whether or not to post “no guns allowed” signage at their establishments once concealed-carry is in place in Illinois.

Their worry is that should they post these signs, will they lose business?

It’s a legitimate concern, if you ask me. Consider my experience with such signage…

Regular readers know I travel back-and-forth between the Chicago area and my family’s home in Wisconsin. I used to be a frequent visitor at the gas station down the street from the Wisconsin place. Not so much anymore. One reason why that’s the case is that shortly after the State of Wisconsin enacted concealed-carry in late 2011, I noticed a “no guns allowed” sign hanging near the entrance.

I expect violent crime will get steadily worse down the road. I suspect a significant number of gas stations are going to be robbed. I also suspect those stations posting signage prohibiting firearms may be at more risk of being targeted.

Personally, I already feel safer conducting business at gas stations which don’t turn away patrons permitted by the State of Wisconsin to carry a firearm on their person and who may keep the bad guys at bay by causing them to worry about whether or not they’re armed.

I respect the right of the Illinois business owner to decide how he/she wants to run their enterprise. At the same time, should they post “no guns allowed” signage at their establishment, they shouldn’t be surprised when I avoid doing business there.

IL No Guns Allowed Sign

Illinois State Police-approved “no guns allowed” sign
Or is it just “no Beretta 92s allowed”?

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

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke: Give Law-Abiding Folk Back Their Guns

Regrettably, I haven’t been able to spend as much time up at my family’s residence in Wisconsin this summer as I would have liked to- with the new house and all.

Even though it’s only an hour-and-a-half away, the differences between the rural atmosphere there and Chicagoland is pretty substantial when it comes to a number of things.

Including firearms and self-defense.

In Chicago and many neighboring communities, the local politicians and their appointed police chiefs would rather you call 911 and leave it at that when your life is threatened (Colorado “peeing and vomiting” response may be an option too).

But across the “Cheddar Curtain”…

Gitte Laasby reported on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website on August 25:

People who shoot someone in self-defense should be able to get their guns back within 48 hours of being cleared of criminal charges, Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. told a crowd of more than 100 people who packed Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall on Milwaukee’s south side Sunday.

The crowd had gathered to attend a concealed-carry class at Kochanski’s. That’s the tavern where owner Andy Kochanski shot and killed a would-be robber this month.

Prosecutors announced last week that they would not charge Kochanski because he acted lawfully in defense of himself and two customers, but Kochanski has not yet received his gun back, Clarke said.

Clarke said Sunday that he intends to lobby some legislators to mandate expedited return of such weapons to people such as Kochanski.

“They’re taking his freedom away to possibly have to act again tonight,” said Clarke, who was dressed in brown cowboy boots, jeans and a cowboy hat. “If Andy would have reached for the phone instead of his firearm, we might have been out here today for a memorial service for Andy.”

Sheriff Clarke’s name may ring a bell with regular readers of Survival And Prosperity due to a memorable Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office PSA he recorded around the beginning of the year. I blogged back on January 27:

North of “Madiganistan,” there’s a new ad being aired on the radio:

I’m Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal- your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport- I need you in the game. But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal. Hide under a bed. Or you can fight back. But are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?

This safety message brought to you by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

By the way- Gitte? Cowboy boots/hats? Milwaukee beer halls? Wisconsin German-Americans?

I wouldn’t be surprised if the following isn’t played whenever Sheriff Clarke steps foot inside those pro-gun parts of Milwaukee County…


Gitte Hænning, “Ich will ‘nen Cowboy als Mann” (Live, 1963)
(“I want to marry a cowboy”)
YouTube Video

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

Source:

Laasby, Gitte. “Sheriff Clarke touts Concertina owner, calls for quick return of guns.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 25 Aug. 2013. (https://www.google.com/search?q=milwaukee+journal+sentinnel&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb). 26 Aug. 2013.

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