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Concealed Carry Dawns In Violent, ‘Gun-Free’ Chicago

July 2, 2013 by  

Concealed Carry Dawns In Violent, ‘Gun-Free’ Chicago
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Over the objection of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, it will soon be legal to carry a concealed weapon on the streets of Chicago.

The change in the law comes via the actions of conservatives in the Illinois Legislature, as well as from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that discarded a Chicago “carve-out” exemption that would have continued to allow Cook County and its municipalities to pass broad gun bans. A supermajority of the State Legislature passed a “veto-proof” concealed carry bill in January, making Illinois a “shall-issue” State in spite of the Governor’s strident opposition. Under the law, the State police are responsible for the licensing process, a prerogative that can’t be usurped by municipal fiat.

While 2nd Amendment supporters aren’t crazy about Illinois’ gun laws in general, those among Cook County’s 358,000 gun owners (yes, that number represents those who are “registered”) can at least expect the same measure of protection (or infringement) under the State’s mechanism for regulating gun ownership as that enjoyed by residents everywhere else in Illinois.

Under the new law, the Illinois State Police shall issue a concealed carry license to “any gun owner with a state-issued Firearm Owners Identification [FOI] card, who passes a background check, pays a $150 fee, and undergoes 16 hours of training.” FOI permits must be renewed every five years, and guns are still outlawed in government buildings and on college and school campuses.

On the bright side, any municipality that takes steps to add its own regulations on top of the State gun law faces a per-day penalty of $10,000 per occurrence — even Chicago.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Joseph Casci

    Well at least now the honest people will stand a chance of protecting themselves. Also if the King gets his way and dumps millions of illegal aliens on us of which a very large number will no dough be extremely violet criminals the’ll need the added protection because you can bet the Kings aliens are now and will continue to be a threat of major proportion to all of us. Groups like ms13 and other major latino gangs are probably overjoyed at the possibility of the legalizing of illegals aliens from which they will no dough be able to recruit thousands of members! That’s a great idea the King has as long as your on the side of lawlessness ,murder,rape and countless other criminal activities!

  • Harold Libby

    On this Independence Day it is wonderful to see another group of Americans using the good judgement to back our constitution and support it by giving Chicago’s citizens the ability to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property by responsibly owning and carrying firearms.
    For those willing to use reason and logic to judge how to protect our rights learning to safely and properly use firearms are a blessing from God. The facts clearly state that the truth is as firearm ownership goes up, crime goes down. To say or do anything against that truth is to admitt to basing your opinion on feeling rather than fact.

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