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.