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Appeals Court Strikes Down Illinois Gun Ban

December 12, 2012 by  

Monday evening I wrote with great glee the tale of an Illinois gun grabber getting his comeuppance (and being arrested) after he was caught trying to carry a handgun onto an airplane. Then Tuesday afternoon some bigger gun news broke: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’ law banning concealed carry.

The court, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the 2nd Amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, said that being able to defend one’s self was as important outside the home as inside. It ordered the Illinois legislature to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public.” The mandate was stayed for 180 days to give the legislature time to pass its law.

Now all law-abiding Illinois residents will have the opportunity to carry a weapon for protection, just like gun grabbing Senator Donne Trotter of Chicago.

Trotter, who has long fought concealed-carry legislation in the State and is an ardent gun control activist, had a .25 cal. Beretta and a magazine containing six rounds in his garment bag. He told authorities he had worked late as a security guard the previous night and packed his bag early Wednesday morning, forgetting he had the gun in the bag. Trotter works for a security firm and has permits and licenses — that most Illinois residents can’t get — to carry a firearm for his work.

Illinois is the only State that doesn’t allow concealed carry in some form. It does not recognize licenses issued by other States. It heavily regulates the sale, possession and use of firearms and ammunition. Under Illinois law, a firearm being transported must be unloaded and stored in a case. And Trotter would like to make it harder to own a gun in his State.

Trotter is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District. He was charged with attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon, which is a Class 4 felony. He should also face State charges for transporting his gun illegally. But for that he has not been charged.

It’s yet another example of the elitist mind-set. They love laws that apply to the proles, but believe they can simply ignore them or should get special exemption. Illinois’ tough gun laws have left law abiding citizens unsafe and unprotected. Yet Trotter, who supports those gun laws and would like to see more, gets to carry a weapon — but apparently not on a plane.

Thankfully, in 2013 law-abiding Illinois residents will be able to carry weapons, too.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • CZ52

    “Thankfully, in 2013 law-abiding Illinois residents will be able to carry weapons, too.”

    Me thinks you celebrate too soon Mr livingston. Given Illinois history of suppression of gun rights I am sure they will make it as difficult as possible for the general public to obtain a CCW permit. This will probably have to go to court several times to get reasonable laws concerning the right to carry concealed.

    • Vicki

      Still waiting for shall issue in California for instance. Lots of ways to infringe on protected rights.

      • Robert W.

        I will be in line for CCW application in California.

      • vicki

        Thanks Robert. That reminds me that we also need to force California to honor the documents from other states. The liberals demand it for same sex marriage so they can’t complain if we demand it for CCW. Well they will but it just emphasizes their hypocrisy.

  • Mike Austin

    I doubt he actually is a security guard. That job is probably like Moochelles hospital job. It is a fake to allow him to carry what he will not let other citizens. Protection in the scumbag filled streets he helped create.

    • anon

      I was an armed security guard many years ago…the smallest caliber allowed was a .38…. The .22 caliber just hasn’t got the stopping power needed….
      He was just pulling someones leg….!!!!!

      • roger

        Trotter, who has long fought concealed-carry legislation in the State and is an ardent gun control activist, had a .25 cal. Beretta and a magazine containing six rounds in his garment bag.

        try reading next time. and whether a .22 or a .25, a well placed shot will stop someone, anyone. the graveyards are full of people who were shot with a .22……….

      • http://Yahoo.com Bill

        Roger – get a life, fool

      • Chad E. Collins

        Bill – if you look into the studies most studies show the.22 lr has killed more people than any other round

      • CZ52

        “Bill – if you look into the studies most studies show the.22 lr has killed more people than any other round.”

        Isn’t it likely that is because the 22 is probably the most popular caliber firearm.

  • Mike V.

    Still also waiting for shall issue in NY. The 2nd Circuit just upheld the discretionary “may-issue” of the infamous Sullivan law, seemingly at odds with this new 7th Circuit opinion. Not a celebrity or politically connected in NY? Then you are denied your right. Don’t worry, the 2nd Circuit says it is a reasonable regulation. Maybe a circuit court conflict can force the issue to the USSC. Unfortunately, Nino Scalia left a hole a truck could drive through with his “reasonable regulation” verbiage in the Heller case. What part of denying the Second Amendment for failure to demonstrate “sufficient need” is reasonable? What part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED don’t they understand?

    In NYC they have banned tube fed lever action rifles like Winchester 94′s and Marlin 336′s and all tube fed 22′s under some poorly written 2006 law banning ammunition feeding devices that hold more than five rounds. Well, almost every tube fed lever action and almost every 22 rimfire holds more than 5 rounds, so a defacto rifle ban has quietly been slipped into place that they have recently begun to enforce. How is banning the most commonly owned firearm of all time, a lever action 30-30 deer rifle, constitutional? Didn’t Heller say commonly owned civilian firearms are clearly protected. A 30-30 is not commonly owned? It is the MOST commonly owned firearm. Yet NYC thinks it can ban them under “reasonable regulation”. This is the stupidity that must end,

    • Steve E

      I have a Marlin 336 myself. A lot of my friends have a lever action 30-30 of some sort.

      • CZ52

        Never owned a lever gun but it is definately on the wish list.

    • vicki

      Mike V writes:
      “What part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED don’t they understand? ”

      The word “be” is what confuses liberals. Ever since President Clinton pointed out that it all depends on what the definition of “is” is.

      Prior to that they just wanted to take guns away from people so we couldn’t resist their spending habits.

    • Bill

      CZ52
      I have a marlin lever action 22 magnum and it sure is sweet. The lever has a very short stroke, it holds 18 shots and I can hit a fly’s butt

  • Liberterian

    Seems like someone got their just deserve out of that one. A hypocrite in deed is one of the worse creators around.

  • Gary L.

    According to a new CBS news report, so far this year in Chicago, there have been more than 2,364 shootings and 487 homicides. Why can’t these obtuse gun grabbing idiots understand that these gun control laws will only hurt law abiding citizens. If government cant control contraband and drugs in the prison system, what makes them think they can control a damned thing in the public. How is it that these morons wind up in government?
    How many idiots are out there that keep electing these jack asses.

    • richi

      Well Gary L. they think there in the wild west days of long ago,you are so right that these triggerhappy morons have all the answers!

  • roger

    The court, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the 2nd Amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, said that being able to defend one’s self was as important outside the home as inside.

    WRONNNGGG!!!!!
    That right existed long before the constitution and bill of rights was written. The second amendment merely recognizes this fact and prohibits the gubmint from writing laws abridging that right. Also, if the gun grabbers are going to try to repeal the second amendment, go ahead boneheads, the right is still there.

    • TML

      It is indeed rather pathetic that federal court judges don’t understant the fundamental structure of the Constitution in order to say that it “confers” rights.

  • Scott

    7C ordered the Illinois legislature to craft a new law? Isn’t that a violation of separation of powers? Just kill the old law and move on.

  • http://Yahoo.com Bill

    The politicians mantra – Do as I say, not as I do – afterall, I’m special and you’re stupid.

  • Wayne

    Thank GOD I don’t live in Chicago any more.. I like my GUNS and I live in a gun free state…

  • Bill

    What are some of your favorite Guns for self defense

    I prefer a 12 guage pump for the home front, AK47 for crowd control and my 40 cal Glock.

    Give some of your ideas, fellow gun lovers

    • TML

      I’m with you on the Glock 40 (with hallow point) and 12 gauge (with reduced-power 00 Buckshot in the home), but the AK47, while durable, isn’t as accurate as I would like. The HK416 or FN SCAR 16S are just a durable with added customization ability, and way more accurate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

      Browning’s 1911 in .45. The 230 Hardball round is a true man stopper. (Yeah yeah, any well placed round will do the trick) Mr. Browning designed it over 100 years ago as a close quarters combat weapon, the design has never been improved upon. Sure you are limited to only 7 or 8 rounds, but I’ve talked to some ex-millitary and ex-police who concur, they would rather take a full mag of 9mm, wearing Kevlar, than one round from a 1911! And if you can shoot, you don’t really need all those rounds anyway. Besides, unlike those plastic guns, if you run out of ammo you can beat the guy to death with the 1911(2lbs, 7ozs empty), (Glock 1lb 5 ozs, about the same for Beretta). Also the felt recoil for a 1911 is less than that for a Glock plastic, so you can re-aquire your target more accurately for that double tap – if you even need it, or want it.
      For home defense I prefer a Winchester Defender. Fastest pump action in the world. Who’s going to argue with a load of 3 1/2 inch OOBuck! Even if they do it won’t matter…

      • TML

        Dan Mancuso says “And if you can shoot, you don’t really need all those rounds anyway. Besides, unlike those plastic guns, if you run out of ammo you can beat the guy to death with the 1911(2lbs, 7ozs empty),”

        LOL! That actually brought tears to my eyes laughing so hard! :)
        I actually chose the Glock 40 over that 1911 strictly because of the weight for concealed carry, hah! It’s plenty accurate for my at 15 ‘paces’… anymore than that and you shouldn’t be using it in public.

      • Bill

        Thanks for your knowledge, Dan
        I will look into your suggestions

  • LGoldman

    WHEN will the fascist gun grabbers wake up and realize the majority of unarmed citizenry in the word live under the rule of dictators! For all those who want to live where guns are outlawed, be my guest, denounce your rights as an American, forfeit your U.S. citizenship & self-deport!! But leave the rest of us who believe in FREEDOM & the CONSTITUTION the hell alone.

    • richi

      Idiots like you should leave the country not the law abiding citizens of this country its getting to be that even in a mall or movie theater where people go that someone or people at work get shot or killed even congresswoman Giffords life will never be the same and that a little 12 yr old girl was killed in AZ.Think about that triggerhappy moron! next time be a ghost and and show up when theres another shooting that way you might have the answer but you can’t so shut the hell up,you watch too many movies or vidios about killing so keep your gun at home or better yet crawl back into the Hole you came out of !!

      • Chad E. Collins

        I am a law-abiding citizen but gun laws are stupid the people who are looking to kill out of hate or for fun are willing to break the law and when that happens anybody who is unarmed are just sheep up for slaughter you can call us trigger happy morons if you want to but I would rather be able to defend my family

  • big john

    I would much rather shot with a .25 cal than a .22 I never heard of a security guard carrying a .25 cal must of been guarding a closet ha ha.

  • big john

    A-MEN

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