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Illinois to Join the Ranks of Concealed Carry States…Like it or Not

The unthinkable has happened. In Illinois, a state dominated by Chicago’s leftist anti-gun culture, there is going to be legal concealed carry. In fact, it is going to happen within the next 180 days. That was the deadline given to the Illinois Legislature by Judge Posner, who wrote the opinion for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

By stating that Illinois failed to meet its constitutional burden in the case, Posner handed Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan her worst personal courtroom defeat. In his Stevens Opinion, Posner wrote:

A blanket prohibition on carrying gun in public prevents a person from defending himself anywhere except inside his home; and so substantial a curtailment of the right of armed self-defense requires a greater showing of justification than merely that the public might benefit on balance from such a curtailment, though there is no proof it would. In contrast, when a state bans guns merely in particular places, such as public schools , a person can preserve an undiminished right of self-defense by not entering those places; since that’s a lesser burden, the state doesn’t need to prove so strong a need. Similarly, the state can prevail with less evidence when, as in Skoien, guns are forbidden to a class of persons who present a higher than average risk of misusing a gun. See also Ezell v. City of Chicago, supra, 651 F.3d at 708. And empirical evidence of a public safety concern can be dispensed with altogether when the ban is limited to obviously dangerous persons such as felons and the mentally ill. Heller v. District of Columbia, supra, 554 U.S. at 626. Illinois has lots of options for protecting its people from being shot without having to eliminate all possibility of armed self-defense in public.

In short, Illinois had to show that a substantial benefit to the people associated with disarming them in public. Madigan could not do that, there is no such substantial benefit, so she lost. Honest citizens, on the other hand, were the winners. “The debate is over,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. “We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013.”

That is the good news…

Here is the bad news. The Illinois Legislature can still keep Illinois residents from carrying and yet fulfill Judge Posner’s order to the letter.

There are two types of concealed carry laws: May Issue and Must Issue. A May Issue state gives the local sheriff or other governing body the power to refuse to give a qualified applicant a concealed carry license, generally for any reason they like. The State of Maryland is currently defending its May Issue law in federal court, since they refuse almost everyone. Must Issue states require the licensing body to give the license if the applicant meets the legal requirements. The law gives the licensing body no discretion in the matter. Michigan is a Must Issue state.

My prediction is that Illinois, under the heavy boots of Chicago democrats, will adopt a May Issue law under which Cook County, where Chicago is located, will still be able to keep law abiding people from carrying pistols for self-defense. So will other anti-gun counties, while people living in downstate counties will enjoy their new freedom.

This order will not stop the legal and political fights over guns and self-defense in Illinois, but it is a great start.

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Blacks and Gun Control

Gun control is racist. There, I said it. Originally meant to keep blacks defenseless after the Civil War, I have to wonder why African Americans embrace it at all. After all, in our modern society, they are far more likely to face violent crime than any other demographic group. You would think they would want to be able to defend themselves.

Many do, and that is good. Like everyone else, they should. The problem is that so-called “black leaders” have jumped onto the gun-control bandwagon with such abandon that you have to ask whether they actually care about their fellow blacks, or just want to earn points from the leftist leaders running the Democrat Party.

In a recent article on World Net Daily, Erik Rush observed:

Liberal blacks who defend gun control on the basis of violent crime in the inner cities are also off base in overlooking that these urban areas have been under the complete political control of liberals for decades. It is the destructive social policies of the left that have precipitated the dysfunction that leads to violence in the black community. Indoctrinated blacks, of course, do not see the method behind the madness and thus eagerly embrace the simpleton’s impossible fix: Erase guns from the equation. Like so many other Americans, blacks also accept at face value politicians’ feigned concern for our safety.

Rush is right on target, pointing out the “feigned concern for our safety” of leftist politicians. To them, the idea of public safety generally equates to…actually I am not sure what it equates to. The reason being that nothing they do actually promotes public safety. Instead, they create an intrusive and oppressive government presence (TSA anyone?) and demand obedience to that intrusion in the name of “public safety.” This approach doesn’t actually stop any violence. Just look at Chicago, the murder capital of the nation and home to all sorts of leftist “anti-crime” programs under Rich Daley and now, Rahm Emmanuel, and also home to the most draconian gun control laws in the country.

Do you think the leftists controlling Chicago and Cook County give a damn about the fact that their programs not only don’t stop violence, but actually encourage it by keeping the poor and working classes disarmed? The constant bloodshed is an excuse for more and more government control, more and more intrusion into the privacy or ordinary citizens, more and more dependence, and that is how they use it.

Make no mistake, gun control is a lie; it is a tool of political manipulation and subjugation, and it is incumbent on all free people to fight it, because if you lose the right to keep and carry firearms, what will you lose next?

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Illinois Turning Even More Hostile to Gun Owners

I am not sure whether I should laugh or cry. Actually, laughter is winning out right now since I am also a believer in the adage that a people get the government they deserve. The City of Chicago, with its entrenched and horribly corrupt Democrat Machine, controls most of Illinois politics these days. So, while I do feel sorry for the Down-staters who can’t seem to free themselves from Chicago’s death grip, those in Chicago who dutifully and mindlessly vote for continued Democrat control deserve what they get in terms of taxes, crime, corruption, and violence.

Since the reign of Jane Byrne back in the 1980s, Chicago developed an increasing—and increasingly irrational—hatred of guns, gun owners, gun dealers, and the like. She instituted the City’s famous handgun ban, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in their McDonald decision. When Richard M. Daley later took over as Mayor, he ran the gun shops out of town and shut down the Lincoln Park Gun Club, which had offered skeet shooting on the shore of Lake Michigan since about 1900. During the same period, Chicago democrats spread into State government, bringing with them their corruption, Machiavellian attitudes, and hatred for guns and gun owners. Now, in addition to Illinois’ gun owner licensing and registration schemes, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action reports that Illinois gun owners will now have to contend with this:

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

This past summer, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) vetoed the NRA-backed ammunition purchase reform bill, Senate Bill 681, after this common sense legislation had passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Illinois General Assembly (previously reported on here).   In a crass attempt to exploit the tragedy in Colorado and seek media attention, Quinn used his Amendatory Veto powers in a brazen attempt to impose more draconian gun control in Illinois.  Quinn rewrote the entire bill as an amendment to the Illinois Criminal Code that includes an onerous ban on the manufacture, possession, delivery or sale of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms (inaccurately referred to as “assault weapons”), .50 caliber rifles and cartridges and “high capacity” magazines in Illinois.  Quinn’s amendment additionally tramples on the rights of Illinois citizens by creating a de facto statewide registration scheme for firearms and magazines currently owned.

If this amendment is accepted by the state legislature, law-abiding citizens in Illinois will be subjected to restrictions far beyond the scope of even the misguided Clinton “Assault Weapons“ Ban that expired in 2004 and any other similar gun ban in existence today.  The repercussions of such a gun ban would be disastrous.   As demonstrated by the failure of the federal “assault weapons” ban of 1994-2004 to produce the crime reduction that its proponents claimed it would, Quinn’s ban would do nothing to increase safety in Illinois and would only further restrict the rights of already law-abiding citizens throughout the state.

Using the favorite anti-gun tactic of confusion, by conflating certain popular semi-automatic firearms with machine guns by using the term “assault weapon,” this legislation would now target many of the most popular guns used for hunting and competition, as well as many models and magazines (those that hold more than ten rounds) used for self-defense.  If enacted, banned items would include many familiar and popular firearms, such as:

· Turkey hunting shotguns with pistol grips, like the Benelli Super Black Eagle II;

· Plinking and target rifles with thumbhole stocks, as often seen on customized Ruger 10/22s;

· High-power target rifles — even including the 1994-2004 versions of rifles like the M1A and AR-15 that were made to comply with the now-expired federal ban — because all of those rifles had handguards that “encircle” the barrel;

· Any detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifle with even a partial handguard, potentially including common hunting rifles like the popular Remington 740/7400 series, Browning BAR, and many more like them.

The Quinn gun ban would even apply to the individual parts themselves (stocks, pistol grips, handguards, folding or telescoping stocks, etc.).  Possession, manufacture, delivery or sale of any of these items would be a felony.

This amended bill would impose a massive statewide gun registration scheme.  Anyone who already possesses one of the banned guns or parts would have to provide proof of ownership and register each one with the State Police within ninety days of the effective date after enactment.  This registration requirement spans from the firearm itself to individual parts and magazines that fall under the ban.

Governor Quinn and his band of anti-gun Chicago politicians would like to see their vicious attack on the Second Amendment play out across Illinois, even as Chicago—with the state’s most restrictive gun laws—is on track to tally more than 500 murders this year.

The repercussions of such a gun ban would actually be just the opposite of what proponents claim and the results would be disastrous.  Firearms manufacturing is estimated to be a $250 million dollar industry in Illinois.  Not only would this gun ban be devastating to law-abiding citizens in Illinois, it also would wreak havoc on an entire industry, killing jobs and driving a healthy contributor to the Illinois economy out of state.  This legislation in no way promotes the safety or well-being of Illinois citizens, but is merely another attempt by gun-hating Chicago politicians to use misinformation to push draconian gun bans that will only affect gun owners, sportsmen and law-abiding citizens concerned about self-defense.

If you live in Illinois, or you have family there, then I join the NRA is calling you to action. Contact your state Senator TODAY and demand that he or she vote to override the Governor’s amendatory veto and put a stop to this anti-gun madness! Contact information for all state legislators can be found by clicking here.

Good News! The Illinois Senate today voted to override Quinn’s amendatory veto. Now it goes to the Illinois House, which will, hopefully, kill it once and for all. We’ll keep you posted.

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No National Guard in NYC: Bloomberg Only Trusts NYPD with Guns

In a previous post, I suggested that we all boycott Cook County Illinois over their gun-related Leftist stupidity. Today, I get to add New York City to my list…

When I came upon this story, that the National Guard are being kept out of New York City in spite of the pleas of the Brooklyn Borough President, I thought of the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, and laughed. I laughed at the fools in NYC that elected him and are now trying to salvage their lives after Hurricane Sandy; and I laughed because this delusional statist actually thinks his position is right. You see, he cannot get past his utter loathing for firearms; a loathing so profound that the only people he trusts with guns in New York City are the officers of the NYPD. In a recent NewsBusters Story, Tom Blumer writes:

Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state.

“We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.”

What is the mayor expecting from the National Guard? Is he afraid they will run amok, looting and raping through Brooklyn? Is he afraid they will really turn the borough into a police state? This is the same Mayor who regulates how large your drink cup can be; the same mayor who supported the officers who shot and killed a number of innocent bystanders trying to kill the assailant in a shooting; the same mayor who routinely works to undermine the Second Amendment rights for all Americans, not just those unfortunate enough to live in New York. So, what we really have is a would-be totalitarian desperate to keep guns out of the hands of people who do not answer to him.
Sadly, while he is posturing like a tin-pot Mousselini (maybe he’s angling for a cabinet post in a second Obama Administration, who knows?), thousands who need the help and protection that only the National Guard can offer are going without because he does not trust the Guard with guns.
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Now We Know Why Cook County Wants to Tax Gun Sales!

If there can be such a thing as irony in Illinois politics, this is it: Taxing gun owners to pay the salaries of anti-gun groups. In a November 1, 2012, story on the website Human Events, Neil McCabe writes:

 Preckwinkle failed in her attempt to have the proceeds of the transfer tax earmarked for the healthcare expenses of Cook County gangbangers. Her plan to tax ammunition also failed.

[Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard A.] Pearson said under the new, “compromise” plan, the ammunition tax would be eliminated with the $25 “transfer” fee on firearm sales still in play and targeted to support the salaries and program costs of local gun control organizations.

Yep, you read that right: Since Preckwinkle cannot fund the healthcare for gangbangers shot in the senseless, ongoing gang warfare that grips the City of Chicago, she will tax law abiding gun buyers to fund the very people who want to eliminate their Second Amendment rights.

Let’s take that a step further: By doing that, during the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, made all the worse by what passes for Leftist economic thought and policy, they are going to drive business out of Cook County for the sake of giving the proverbial finger to local gun owners. Sure, the counties surrounding Cook will benefit from the ideologically driven stupidity of Preckwinkle and her Leftist cronies in Chicago, but innocent people in Cook County will suffer. Jobs will be lost as some businesses relocate and those who do stay in the County see their business diminish.

If anything, this new tax demonstrates one thing about Leftists in general and Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County democrats in particular: Ideology will ALWAYS trump both economic reality and common sense.

I say we, the law abiding gun owners of America, help them along by foregoing any business dealings within Cook County, Illinois. There are plenty of other, more sensible places to do business, plenty of places that respect us, plenty of places hungry for our business. I have, for many years, refused to spend one dime within the City of Chicago because I refuse to support their policies. I now officially declare that I will expand my personal ban to include all of Cook County, and I invite everyone reading this to do the same. There is, after all, nothing there that cannot be had somewhere else and for better value.


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Cook County, Illinois: Anything to Flip-off Gun Owners

The municipality of Chicago, Illinois, is hard enough on gun owners. Never friendly to gun owners since the advent of Jane Byrne at City Hall in 1979 (she instituted the ban on handguns that lasted until the recent McDonald decision declared such bans unconstitutional), the Windy City boasts the most draconian—and barely constitutional—gun laws in the nation. Oddly enough, Chicago is also the murder capital of the planet. One has to wonder whether there is a connection.

Given the ink spilled regarding Chicago’s hatred for guns, gun owners, gun enthusiasts—pretty much anything gun-related—it is easy to miss the fact that Cook County, with its mostly Chicago-based Board of Commissioners, is just as bad; and to prove it, they just passed a new tax on gun sales.

According to Reuters, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told a news conference that, “It is very important to us to tax guns because we know that guns are the sources of the incredible violence we have in our neighborhoods.” According to Preckwinkle, 29% of guns used in crimes in Chicago were purchased legally in suburban Cook County.

So…imposing a tax on those purchases is the answer?

Think about it: Since when has the government’s collection of money ever reduced violence? Here is another thing to think about: How many of those so called “gun crimes” were actually unlicensed guns being confiscated for one reason or another? How many were used in self-defense in the most violent big city in the nation? In other words, how many were used to actually commit a crime against another person?

These are not questions that Preckwinkle or any of the other creatures that run Cook County or Chicago want to answer. They simply want to punish the legal firearms trade, and they will likely drive it out of the County as customers who have the misfortune to live in the County will simply go out to DuPage or Will County to buy their firearms. That is jobs lost, businesses gone, and these liberals do not care.

They struck a blow against guns, and for them that is all that counts.

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