Concealed Carry

Gun Control vs Gun Rights in Illinois

rauner-winsAs Illinois politicians on both sides of the aisle start to make plans for the upcoming legislative season, both sides have high hopes.  Many have financial, budgetary, and job creation concerns, most readers here also have gun rights on the list.  Illinois has a tough uphill battle ahead, and gun rights may become a bargaining chip for the governor and his supporters.  Most will argue the state’s financial situation is the most pressing issue and deserves the most attention, so gun owners of Illinois should be sure their representation knows not to compromise on gun rights to forward their fiscal agenda.

Gun control supporters in Illinois have changed their agenda slightly with the election of Governor-elect Rauner.  The problem with their agenda is that they want to change Illinois gun control laws  to suit the urban Chicago anti-gun crowd, at the expense of the rest of the citizens of Illinois.  Gun rights in Illinois have long been suppressed beyond federal standards, and beyond gun rights in nearly all other states.  Gun rights activists like you blame the gun crimes in Chicago on this extreme approach to gun control.  The Chicago Police want the legislation to take care of the guns, problem being guns don’t break the law, gang members, murders, and other criminals do.

The gun control agenda for Illinois democrats is “simple common sense restrictions” on Illinois gun owners.  Notice the restrictions are on the gun owners, most of which are upstanding law abiding citizens, and not the criminals who use guns to commit violent crime.

1.  Gun control advocates will be making a push to license gun dealers, who are already licensed by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (aka BATFE).  The federal government has setup standards for firearms qualifications, background checks, finger printing, record keeping, insurance, and security.  Why duplicate the effort of the federal government?  Enforce federal firearms licensee laws to prevent straw purchases, and sales to felons, and non-US citizens.

2.  Chicago Police want Illinois gun deals to document all gun sales at the point of sale level.  Federal regulations require a standardized form (4473) be filled out for each sale of firearms.  This form requires all pertinent buyers information for a background check.  Upon completion of the background check, the firearms details are documented including manufacturer, model, serial number, and caliber.  These records are required to be kept for a minimum of 20 years.

3.  Politicians want to further restrict firearms transfers, by increasing penalties.  Illinois citizens are already required to obtain a FOID card before purchasing firearms or ammunition.  When transferring firearms you are required to verify the FOID card using a Illinois State Police system.  Not doing so is a crime, but should it be a felony akin to violent crime, No.  Instead of unenforceable FOID verification, why not increase penalties on those who use guns to escalate crimes in Illinois.

4.  Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy wants penalties for failing to report lost of stolen firearms.  He says the current penalties are often ignored because they are insignificant.   This again sounds like an enforcement problem with his officers.  You shouldn’t be facing jail time for failing to file for a lost of stolen gun.

If Illinois and it’s citizens want to make Illinois a better place there is much work to be done in the years and decades to come.  Budgetary and fiscal concerns aside, gun rights in Illinois are still under fire.  With Bruce Rauner approaching the governors office, Illinois gun owners should be pushing for support in our own arena.

1.  Mandatory jail time for criminals who use firearms to intimidate or cause bodily harm during the commission of a felony.

2.  Amend concealed carry regulations to allow US citizens with a carry permit from another state to be allowed to carry in Illinois.

3.  Repeal the FOID Act.  It’s a misappropriation of Illinois State Police funds better spend on enforcement.  FOID was put into law to keep guns away from known gang members and criminals.  It’s a failure, and a burden on further crime enforcement.

4.  Amend concealed carry in restricted locations.  Allow known law abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms where not prohibited by federal law, and private property not marked with approved signage.

Illinois needs to strike a balance on gun rights which favor the good guys, and impede the bad guys.  No matter the legislation in place criminals are going to have access to firearms, we need to be prepared and trained for that occasion.  Illinois law enforcement are up against a unique force of bad guys, while gun control politicians are up against you and I.

 

Peoria Avoids ISRA Lawsuit

peoria-city-councilPeoria city council avoided a possible lawsuit from the Illinois State Rifle Association.  Peoria had previously enacted a requirement that all handgun purchasers would be required to submit a thumbprint and signature to the seller and in turn law enforcement.  This requirement would go against certain parameters of the recent Illinois concealed carry legislation still taking hold in Illinois.

This put the ISRA lawsuit  in motion preparing legal recourse against this city ordinance.  Defendants were lined up, briefs were prepared, all before city attorneys advised the council.  Pressured by gun owners in Peoria, and threat of an expensive lawsuit, led council members to rethink the ordinance.

They voted to repeal the entire section containing the thumbprint requirement, which also further restricted handgun owners, and required redundant paperwork.  Ultimately Peoria gun owners voices were heard, and freedoms left intact after democracy took it’s course.

Illinois Being Sued for Over Restrictive Non-Resident CCL

lisa-madiganSecond Amendment Foundation, Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry, along with 10 out of state plaintiffs filed suit again Illinois.  The still new Illinois concealed carry license regulations unfairly discriminate against US citizens licensed to carry in their own state’s of residence.  The law states that the residents state’s regulations should be substantially similar to those of Illinois for recognition.  Only 4 other states have laws substantially similar to Illinois according to the Illinois State Police.

All of the defendants have qualified to carry a concealed weapon, including undergone numerous background checks.  Yet, since they live in a state whose laws don’t live up to those in Illinois, their right to self defense stops at the border.  We are talking about the border between two of the United States of America, not the border crossing between two sovereign nations.

The SAF is asking the courts for grant equal protection and due process for concealed carry holders without discrimination based on state of residence.  The state is using it’s strict concealed carry requirements to deny rights blindly with no other regard than where you live.

Rahm Gets Restrictions on Gun Sales for Chicago

rahm-gun-salesRahm Emanuel’s proposed restrictions on gun sales in Chicago get approved unanimously without alteration.  Yesterday the city coucil ratified the laws which will all but eliminate gun sales in Chicago.  The restrictions include limiting sales to one per person per month, and no sales within 500 feet of a school or park.

One of the most visual restrictions is the requirement that all sales be video recorded, in an effort to prevent straw purchases.  Just watch your evening news, you’ll see crimes being committed on video tape.  The chances of a straw purchaser being intimidated by a video camera, are slim to none.  Chicago has long banned the sale of guns within the confines of the city, but gun violence remains.

Allowing the sale of legal weapons to law abiding citizens of Chicago should not be the concern.  Allowing the gangs to continue to profit from the trafficing of illegal guns should be a primary objective.

The laundry list of restrictions that have been enacted will certainly limit the number of firearms retailers to a mere few.  Chicago’s problem with violence in general is largely a result of the lower income residents, and the street gangs in some neighborhoods.

The hope is for Chicago residents to be able to obtain firearms, training, and the ability to protect themselves and their families.  The politicians and police in Chicago are not getting the job done, so it’s up to the residents to protect their right to life here in the United States.

Chicago Police Cooking the Books on Crime Rates

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For decades crime in Chicago has been a problem, at times out of control.  The political pressure has grown on gun control and it’s contribution to the problem.  All while police budgets have swelled to all time highs, the city is spending more taxpayer dollars on police enforcement than other US cities it’s size.  All while the results are less than stellar, and crime continues to rise.

There has been pressure to show that the cities money has been well spent, and the strictest gun laws in the country have worked.  But how to prove to your city, state, and everyone else watching from outside?  Statistics, hard facts, and FBI reports will give the politicians under fire all the talking points they need.  The problem being the numbers, facts, and statistics are not on their side.

In 2011 the city set out to change all of that, a new mayor was elected.  Rahm Emanuel politically stood for all the same things that is predecessor Richard Daley held dear.  Emanuel, in one of his first actions as mayor, brought in Garry McCarty as the police superintendent of Chicago.

In his first year as superintendent McCarthy was along for the ride of 507 murders, the most in the city since 2008.  This performance of the Chicago police lead to approval ratings to plummet, not just for McCarthy, but also the mayor.

McCarthy saw the writing on the wall, Chicago has a real problem with gangs, and overall crime.  All the gun restrictions in place, millions of dollars spent on police, and McCarthy’s best efforts  didn’t even slow it down.  They had to make a change!

December 2013, Rahm Emanuel and Garry McCarthy called a joint press conference in front of every major media outlet, and the eyes of millions.  They had changed the tide, the city was on track to have the lowest murder rate since 1967.

While this came as great news to the people of Chicago, and the news media at large, the inspector generals office thought it may be to good to be true.  The office completed it’s audit finding that, “the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.”  Upon independant investigation by local media, numerous murders had been classified as death investigations, non criminal incidents, and other minor crimes.

Police officers and investigators were interviewed, while many refused several choose to speak out.  Cases that they had worked, and evern been the lead investigator on, were reclassified.  While the cases were initially violent crime or even murder, they were pressured by supervisors to reclassified their incident reports.  Reports were later found to be changed, and reclassified by someone other than the lead investigator, but by some magic force able to make cases disappear.

The story of one family involves a fight with the police department over their daughter’s, “death investigation”.  The family was unable to collect the life insurance to pay for the funeral and burial of their daughter.  The insurance company will not payout to a death investigation due to the possibility of suicide as the cause of death.  The police department refused to reopen the case, or clarify the murder of the victim.

While Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy have accomplished their goal of reducing crime statistics in Chicago.  The numbers of murder and other violent crime continue in real life.  The immeasurable political power in Chicago has cooked the books in order to deceive the people.