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Time running out for Illinois’ gun grabbing politicians

by Doug Book,  Editor

If Illinois lawmakers cannot pass a concealed carry law acceptable to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by June 9th, the constitutionally prescribed right to keep and bear arms will immediately take effect in the Prairie State. That is, just as codified in the 2nd Amendment, all Illinois gun owners will have the right to bear a weapon, anywhere they wish in the state. (1)

On December 11th of last year, a 3 judge panel from the 7th Circuit ruled Illinois’ near total ban on the carry of firearms unconstitutional. The 47 page decision in Moore v Madigan gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to craft legislation “…consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion…” (2)

Last week the Illinois House voted 85-30 in favor of a new concealed carry statute which would institute both a “shall issue” provision and statewide preemption for the first time. Under the terms of the statute, the state would be required to issue a concealed carry license to any Illinois resident who completes a mandatory training program and pays a $150 tax. In addition, the new law would take precedence over any local regulations. For example, the statute passed by the City of Chicago banning “assault weapons” would bow to  statewide rules. (3)

Though one would hardly realize it from the state’s record of vehemently anti-gun rights legislation, the vast majority of Illinois is very pro-gun! Yet just as Chicago liberals have spent decades forcing their brand of anti-second Amendment lunacy on the rest of the state, on Tuesday the Chicago-dominated, Senate Executive Committee voted down the House bill, demanding all anti-gun regulations of the Windy City and other localities remain part of any new legislation. The Chicago clan also want to incorporate strict mental health review provisions along with a mandatory 16 hour training program in any new law.

Will members of the Illinois House and Senate get together on constitutional, concealed carry legislation which will win the blessing of fiercely, anti-gun Governor Pat Quinn prior to the court imposed, June 9th deadline?  If a new law has not been fashioned, the State of Illinois could be subject to the United States Constitution for the first time in decades!

“Nobody wants us to not do anything and the federal court ruling take effect and thereby allow ‘constitutional carry,” said Democrat State Sen John Sullivan.  (4)  A predictable statement from a typical Democrat. Indeed, what a frightening thought for Illinois’ ruling Democrat Party—constitutional rights in the form of the 2nd Amendment actually being granted residents of a state whose lawmakers have so fervently ignored the document for such a very long time!

Should Democrats fail to resolve their differences it will be very interesting to see just how many folks in Illinois strap on pistols on June 10th —concealed or otherwise—in response to their new-found rights.

 

(1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/illinois-concealed-carry-_8_n_3355208.html

(2) http://www.examiner.com/article/prominent-second-amendment-attorney-foresees-shall-issue-carry-illinois?CID=examiner_alerts_article

(3) http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2013/5/illinois-concealed-carry-bill-with-statewide-preemption-passes-house.aspx

(4) http://www.whig.com/story/22446657/senate-house-debate-competing-gun-bills

Its last appeal turned down, Illinois may no longer legally prevent Concealed Carry

by Doug Book

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has told Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the last time that she MUST honor the Constitution of the United States by doing away with her state’s ban on the concealed carry of firearms.

It was back in December of last year that a 3 judge panel of the Court found the Illinois law banning concealed carry to be unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court has decided that the [2nd] amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside,” wrote 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner, paraphrasing the opinion of S.C. Justice Samuel Alito.  Naturally, the scrupulously liberal Madigan then petitioned the entire 10 member court, hoping that the ruling might be overturned. But the full court refused to reconsider the ruling of the panel. (1)

And now the Illinois legislature has about 4 months to rewrite its unconstitutional ban into something acceptable to groups which strictly preserve the 2nd Amendment rights of the American people. And that is the REAL question: will the ONLY remaining state to disallow concealed carry abide by the ruling of the court by creating an honest and reasonable statute? If so, it will represent a truly staggering break with the leftist-inspired, Illinois tradition of governing as though rights were privileges of which the common classes are rarely if ever deserving.

After the 2010 McDonald v Chicago decision in which the Supreme Court struck down the city’s decades-old, unconstitutional handgun ban, brainless thug Mayor Richard Daley and city officials crafted a new ordinance to “comply” with the ruling. Naturally, this group of self-serving thieves and political prostitutes sought only to defy the Court with an ordinance which limited each person to ONE operable weapon; allowed no gun to be taken outside the home; prohibited the existence of gun stores and firing ranges within the city; mandated “approved” training and marksmanship; charged $100 for a 3 year pistol permit; banned handguns the police superintendent considered “unsafe due to their size” and, of course, required fingerprinting of gun owners and registration of their weapons.  Needless to say, these provisions did NOT apply to law enforcement or certain city officials. (2)

Since that time, constitutional rights groups have been in court with the City of Chicago on a seemingly daily basis, suing to terminate the Daley legacy of wanton abrogation of liberty. On three occasions, the city has lost court decisions to the NRA and twice Rahm Emanuel has decided to amend the Daley ordinance, “…conceding that the city had little chance of successfully defending lawsuits against certain aspects of it.” (3)

Incredibly, Chicago City Corporation Counsel Steve Patton has accused the NRA and others of “…cherry-pick[ing] the things they thought they could marshal a challenge (on).” How does one “cherry-pick” UNCONSTITUTIONAL provisions in a city ordinance? Could anything be more typical of a Chicago official than to whine because the city’s assault on freedom has been found unacceptable by those who prefer liberty to the beneficent dictatorship of nanny-state hoodlums!

Leftist Governor Pat Quinn is not likely to provide Illinois residents with the 2nd Amendment rights to which they are entitled. The 7th Circuit has given lawmakers till mid-year to write a constitutional law.  Don’t be surprised if the state is once again before the bench by year end.

(1) http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/16952071-418/appeals-court-tosses-state-ban-on-carrying-concealed-guns.html

(2) http://www.ammoland.com/2010/07/mayor-daley-says-stick-it-to-the-supreme-court/#axzz2LlaStZru

(3) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-22/news/ct-met-chicago-gun-laws-20120722_1_gun-control-firearms-ordinance-legal-gun