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


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.

Personal Liberty

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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  • independent thinker

    Chicago and Morton Grove should have been assigned a $100,000 a per-day penalty.

    • JRR

      That would be great, if the money weren’t going to be taken from productive citizens, who are already having to support hundreds of thousands of non-productive citizens (who are mostly why the guns are needed in the first place).

      • Ted Crawford

        Might not be too many taxpayers left in Illinois, thanks to Governor Morons twice doubled taxes Illinois unemployment is once again on the rise! It can only get worse as those waviers expire and more Companies are forced out of business or out of State!

  • Harold Olsen

    I’m confident Chicago will make every effort to circumvent the new law. Obama’s buddy Rahm is like him. The law law doesn’t apply to him and he is free to do as he pleases.

    • Ted Crawford

      “We’re bending the Law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns” Rahm Emanuel That pretty much says it all!

      • vicki

        What is amusing is that the 2nd amendment clearly says that they can’t ban ANY class of gun. Any attempt to do so is a violation of oath of office and may well be treason.

  • dan

    I wish the People of Illinois well in their bid to take their government back from the organized crime syndicate in Chicago.

    • JRR

      They have so much black on white crime in Chicago that the guilty parties are being called the Black Mafia.

      Good luck to the decent folks in Chicago – I fear they are in grave danger every day that they remain there.

  • Mr Diesel

    Chicago will do the same thing that Cleveland did, thumb its nose at the law and arrest anyone trying to carry a concealed weapon legally in the city. Cleveland has been taken to court and they are the main reason that Ohio passed laws preempting anything those idiots would do. Until it was passed every town in Ohio was allowed to have their “own” laws making it a giant cesspool.

  • skippy

    wow….do I see a faint glimmer of hope and life!!!???

  • BHR

    There should be no part of the United States that prohibits people carrying guns. Constitution gives us the right too own and carry fire arms. I see no place that outlaws guns unless you are maybe an outlaw. We have let the liberals, a small step at a time,take our rights. If you read Thomas Jefferson. Franklin and
    John Adams writings on the Constitution you see there is no doubt about the right to carry fire arms. One of the main reasons was to protect us from our own government. The Obama administration is a perfect example of why we need guns, he and the liberals are taking our rights as fast as they can. An example is, Obama two days ago said the debate on global warming was over, he had the answer and would enact laws to stop this. Our leaders have become arrogant with no account ability to the people. There is a revolution coming, hopefully it will be peaceful but it could become violent and this is why our founding farthers understood the rights to have fire arms.

    • Vis Fac

      And that is why the government wants us disarmed,

      • JRR

        “Our” government officially supports U.N. Agenda 21, which calls for (among other things) reducing the human population by what amounts to 13 of every 14 people.

        THAT’S why our government wants us disarmed!

        And for any of “our” legislators who might claim that they are unaware of this, my answer would be that ignorance is no excuse. It is their job to be aware of threats to Americans, and to take action accordingly.

        • BHR

          Agenda 21 was a 50 year plan started by our enemies. 2013 is the last year of the plan. Our enemies 50 years ago realized America was the main force against one world government. Now, many of our enemies are Americans.

      • BHR

        As long as Obama is in office our gun rights will disappear. I belong to a gun club and like to target practice but I have not been able to buy ammo for eight months. Homeland security is buying everything. Homeland security has bought more ammo than we used in the afghan and Iraq war. They say it is for their agents to current on shooting but they are buying hollow point.

    • vicki

      Constitution gives us the right too own and carry fire

      The Constitution does no such thing. God gave us the right to own and carry firearms. The Constitution PROTECTS that God given right.

  • dave

    Maybe the highest murder rate in the nation will decrease a bit now. Excellent work by thise who got this passed in the legislature

  • Warrior

    ILL-Annoy is just one unbelievable place to try and exist. Can’t leave your house in the morning without some gubmint entity trying to fleece you. Come to think of it, even when you don’t leave your house they’re trying to fleece you. This is EXACTLY the model the “progressives” have in mind for the entire country. God help everyone who is not a “progressive”. Pathetic, simply pathetic.

  • ChuckS123

    I’d expect a big reduction in murders and crime in Chicago. However, Chicago may find ways around it. In a little different area, I heard that fed law allows you to carry a gun in your trunk from one state that allows guns to another, even across a state that doesn’t. I heard that in NY and NJ, they’ll arrest you anyway and take you to trial. And then you can use the fed law as a defense.

    If crimes do decrease, the libs will state some other reason – maybe accurately. If crimes don’t decrease, I’ll wonder why. I’l want more details either way.