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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Illinois congress violates 4th Amendment

Illinois: Right to Carry Legislation Endangered in Springfield 
Vote on Flawed Bill Imminent- Contact your state Senator TODAY!
This week, in another attempt to skirt the United States Court of Appeals ruling to institute Right to Carry in Illinois, anti-gun state Senators are racing to force votes on severely flawed House Bill 183 with Amendment 4.  This faulty concealed carry legislation does not have total firearms preemption safeguards, and instead attempts to exempt certain municipalities from any “shall-issue” mandate and allow individual towns to expand the list of places statewide that are off-limits to anyone carrying a concealed firearm for self-defense.  If such exemptions are adopted, a large percentage of Illinois’ population would be denied the ability to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense based on their residency and the confusing patchwork of laws will put ALL gun owners statewide at risk of felony prosecution.  Additionally, Senate President John Cullerton plans to further punish those who are concealed carrying by omitting provisions to safeguard carry in your vehicle, ban carry in restaurants and increase penalties for violating some of the arbitrary and deeply flawed provisions of the bill.
Call your state Senator TODAY:  Tell him or her that any compromise and vote in favor of this type of legislation is a vote against Right to Carry.  Demand their opposition to House Bill 183 with Amendment 4, and any anti-gun legislation.
 

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Illinois House passes concealed carry law

May 24, 2013Gov. Pat Quinn.Photo by: Bloomberg(AP) — Gun owners in the only state still banning concealed weapons would win that right under a plan approved by the Illinois House on Friday, but the governor and other powerful Democrats oppose the plan because it would wipe out local gun ordinances — including Chicago's ban on assault weapons.The proposal was brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, as a way to abide by afederal appeals court's ruling that ordered the state to adopt a concealed-carry law by June 9. But the plan has drawn strong opposition, with Gov. Pat Quinn calling it a "massive overreach" because of the way it would curb local firearms regulations.Chief among those regulations is Chicago's ban on assault-style weapons, which would be stricken from the books. That's a deal-breaker for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who backs tough restrictions to curb gun violence in the nation's third largest city."This legislation is wrong for Illinois. It was wrong yesterday in committee, it's wrong today, and it's wrong for the future of public safety in our state," Quinn said in a statement after the House vote."The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances," he said. "I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks."The measure would require Illinois State Police to issue a permit to any applicant who has a Firearm Owners Identification card, completes required training, passes a background check, and pays a $150 fee. But it significantly broadens the places where guns would be prohibited, including mass-transit buses and trains, which was a demand of Chicago Democrats.The legislation is being sponsored by Rep. Brandon Phelps, a southern Illinois Democrat and ardent gun-rights supporter whose more permissive plan failed by seven votes last month.Madigan stepped in after that failed vote, and the resulting plan would pre-empt any city or county gun regulation, such as taxes on gun sales or requirements for reporting lost or stolen guns. Phelps and Madigan argue that it would be best to have one statewide law to reduce confusion and have future restrictions get state legislators' approval in Springfield.But Quinn's office said the pre-emption would jeopardize public safety.The legislation also is opposed by Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat like Quinn and Madigan. The Senate's plan would only pre-empt local laws by requiring them to adopt concealed-carry laws. Opponents of Phelps' plan note that the only issue that the federal court addressed was conceal-and-carry, not other gun provisions.The legislation was forced by a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in December that decreed the state's ban on concealed carry unconstitutional. The court gave lawmakers until June 9 to enact a law.