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Happiness is a worn gun (courtesy trbimg)

The Illinois State Rifle Association has sent out an email blast warning of new bills designed to denude The Land of Lincoln’s freshly-minted concealed carry law. And trumpeting three bills that would reduce the burden on law-abiding citizens seeking to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. They are . . .

HB3646 – DANGEROUS BILL – Bans Concealed Carry in any restaurant that has alcoholic beverages on the menu. Drastically reduces your choices on when and how to protect yourself. This bill is a foot in the door to create a growing list of places where you will be prohibited from protecting yourself and your family from dangerous criminals . . .

HB3669 – DANGEROUS BILL – This bill eliminates “safe haven” provisions for areas near schools – meaning that you could not even have a firearm locked in your trunk if you drive on to ANY property controlled by a school district. Once again, this bill would severely limit your self defense options and would make you a felon for doing nothing more than possessing a firearm. Under this bill, you would have to leave your defensive firearms at home if your plans called for you to enter any lands controlled by a school district. The real purpose of this bill is to pave the way for sweeping prohibitions on concealed carry that would make self defense impractical and a serious legal risk for most Illinois citizens.

HB3675 – DANGEROUS BILL – This bill would severely increase penalties for persons found to be carrying firearms in restricted areas. This bill is designed solely to scare law-abiding citizens out of carrying defensive firearms. This bill in no way targets gang-bangers or other violent criminals.

SB2594 – DANGEROUS BILL – This is another bill that would prohibit carry in restaurants that have alcoholic beverages on the menu.

HB3651 – GOOD BILL – This bill lowers the burdensome 16-hour training rule to a more reasonable 8-hour requirement. This bill also eliminates the re-training requirements for carry permit renewals. In short, this bill undoes that anti-gunners’ attempts to discourage people from applying for carry permits by easing burdensome training requirements.

HB3650 – GOOD BILL – This bill provides for concealed carry reciprocity between Illinois and dozens of other states.

HB3649 – GOOD BILL – This bill reduces the exorbitant fees the State Police plan on charging people for permit applications. The state should not be allowed to price-gouge citizens who want to defend themselves. This bill would make fees more reasonable and thus allow greater access to self defense for Illinois citizens.

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  1. Show of hands-did anyone really think the CEO of the Chicago Machine, R Emmanuel ,and cohorts in Springfield would just stand aside and recognize their place as defeated imbeciles?

    Yeah, thought not.

    • Give these guys credit. I’m sure they synch their crack pipe diameter to their preferred gun caliber to cut down on redundant brushes etc.

    • Are you sure they don’t just use em till they are filthy then sell em to a buy back then use that money to get a new clean hi point?

  2. You always make this same mistake: there is a huge difference between a “less bad bill” and a “good bill”.

    Would you like 39 lashes, or 40? Yeah, you’re really gonna feel better minus that one lash.

  3. Just the start. Progs are nothing if not predictable. Though they are many other things besides that.

  4. Is there any way the court that ordered the laws in IL changed would start smacking the legislature down for violating the court’s intentions?

    • Judges don’t like to “legislate from the bench.” In other words, the duly-elected representatives of the Chicago Machine people of Illinois make the day to day rules, not the courts.

      It’s not the job of any court to relieve the voters of their stupid choices.

      • Seems to me the courts in Illinois have relieved the voters of several stupid choices recently – a couple of governors and Jesse Jackson Jr.? Why isn’t there a law somewhere making it a felony to intentionally violate an American citizen’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected rights?

  5. Some of this is just “street cred” for progs running for re-election or trying to stave off a challenge. . . . they have to look like they are “doing something” they can tout in their campaign literature along with the obligatory of The Children(TM). With pre-emption, they know it won’t pass easily and moreover, given how the 7th Cir has ruled, Mike Madigan does not want more lawsuits that may move the needle even further hurting Little Lisa’s shot at being Governor. . .

    • Speaking of preemption and home rule, now that the CC law has passed with the requisite supermajority to overcome home rule and establish preemption, are supermajorities still required to modify the CC law? Or is a simple majority enough? If it is, we could see a few shenanigans.

  6. I reviewed Illinois’ concealed carry law a few months ago. Their existing law already criminalizes citizens with concealed carry licenses who carry concealed in 22 different types of locations. (In other words their concealed carry law lists 22 “gun free zones” which we all know are never gun free.) Adding restaurants that have alcoholic beverages on the menu would be yet another “prohibited” location. And telling people that they cannot even store their handguns in their car at schools is asinine.

    As for their proposed law to reciprocate with (recognize) other state’s concealed carry licenses, that would seriously increase their tourist revenue. Tens of millions of people drive through Illinois every year. I am often one of them. Since they do not honor my concealed carry license, I make sure that my family does not stop in Illinois unless it is an emergency. That means we purchase fuel near the Illinois state line in neighboring states. We purchase food, snacks, and souvenirs in neighboring states. And we actually visit neighboring states as tourists. We have spent a lot of vacation money in Missouri and Wisconsin. But we do not visit Illinois. We would start to visit Illinois if they change their law. What I will NOT do is spend several hundred dollars for a non-resident Illinois concealed carry license.

    And before anyone poo poos the financial impact of alienating concealed carry licensees, consider this. About 1 in every 17 adults has a concealed carry license in surrounding states like Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. Now consider that only people with “disposable income” can afford a handgun, training, ammunition, and the license. That means concealed carriers are much more frequent among people that would actually travel to/through Illinois — perhaps about 1 in 10 adults driving through. Does the state of Illinois really want to alienate 10% of the tourism dollars being spent in the region?

    • Stop in Illinois to take a dump in a rest area. That not only expresses your opinion rather pungently, it costs them some money.

  7. As the second amendment states “the right to bear arms shall not be infringed ” seems like such a simple statement, so why so many gun laws? if your not a felon or mental you should be able to “bear” any time, any place, any where with any thing you choose.

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