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.


GOP Claims Win in Election Results

raunerAfter all the ballots are cast the  election results are in, well mostly.  The GOP has claimed a majority in the US Senate, and House.  Also Republican governors are set to take seats in some notoriously blue states, most notable to us, Illinois.  Bruce Rauner is claiming victory in the Illinois governors race, but incumbent Quinn refuses to admit defeat till all ballots cast in yesterdays election are counted.

While the democrats struggle to let go of the governors office, Illinois also gained some conservative seats in the US House, but Dick Durbin was reelected as Senator.

For Illinois gun owners having a conservative supporter of concealed carry in the governor’s mansion is a cause for excitement and relief.  Many in the Illinois legislature are anxious to make changes to Illinois newly implemented concealed carry law.  Not to mention there is a pending lawsuit against Illinois concerning it’s discrimination against certain non-residents and recognizing their concealed carry permits.

The coming months and years are sure to see new firearms related bills in the news, and gun owners of Illinois are a step ahead with Bruce Rauner in the governors chair.

Vote Illinois, Vote!

voteToday is the day that US citizens turn out to vote!  It may not be a presidential election year, but an important midterm election to many.  This includes Illinois, as supporters of the 2nd Amendment we stand to gain or lose a lot of ground today!  Today is the day we must stand and represent ourselves and our families right to self defense.

We hope that all Americans will vote, but we know many will not.  Don’t let your voice go unheard, please go punch a ballot, or touchscreen, whatever it takes.  If you haven’t registered to vote, and can’t vote today, register for the the election in 2016.  Don’t put off letting your voice be heard any longer.  Many have stood up for your right to vote, don’t let me go to waste.

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.