Charles Dickens wrote the classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities” in 1859. Today, the politicians in Wisconsin and Illinois are setting the storyline for the real-life story “A Tale of Two States” – at least where it comes to active-duty members of the U.S. military stationed in their respective states. On the one hand, there has been nearly unanimous support from both parties in Wisconsin for allowing non-resident active-duty military members the right to get a carry license in the Badger State . . .
Assembly approves bill allowing soldiers to carry concealed
The Assembly approved two bills dealing with concealed carry Tuesday.
Active members of the military stationed in Wisconsin could carry a concealed weapon under a bill the state Assembly has overwhelmingly approved.
Right now, the state Department of Justice can’t issue a license to carry concealed to anyone who isn’t a Wisconsin resident. Under the Republican bill, any applicant who is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in Wisconsin for at least a year would be eligible for a license.
The Assembly passed the bill 91-8 on Tuesday. It goes next to the state Senate.
While Wisconsin is moving forward with nearly unanimous bi-partisan support for their measure, Illinois Senate Democrats have an entirely different view. Illinois’ Senate President John Cullerton has been quite staunchly opposed to extending gun rights to active-duty military members from 49 other states stationed in Illinois.
In fact, he’s been quite an obstacle for anything even remotely pro-gun. During this entire spring session, the only pro-gun bill Cullerton allowed to receive a committee hearing was a technical “clean up” bill to fix some minor issues in the Prairie State’s two-year-old concealed carry law. We believe the primary reason the technical clean up bill saw the light of day was that a couple of Democrat Senators were going to face even tougher re-election campaigns in 2016 without some of its provisions.
Guns Save Life has friends everywhere, and we were sent the legislative summary and text of that proposed “clean up bill” before it was made public. It was exactly as it went to Senate President John Cullerton for his blessing. That original proposal would have allowed non-resident active-duty American servicemen stationed to Illinois to get an Illinois concealed carry license.
Note the HB3381 inclusion in the legislative summary.
And here is the text that would have allowed America’s active-duty military members assigned to Illinois to apply for and receive a concealed carry license.
Here is the pdf of the original legislative proposal. This is something that most Illinois Senate Democrats would rather you didn’t know about.
It’s true. Illinois’ Democrat Senate President John Cullerton struck that provision for our servicemen out of that final draft.
It was formally sent to the governor for his signature June 29th. Gov. Rauner is expected to sign it.
What can you do?
Are you irritated with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Illinois Democrat Senators who claim to support the men and women of our armed forces, yet stab them in the back and treat them as second-class citizens behind closed doors?
These same Democrats are quick to get in front of a camera and shout for equal rights for gays in support of same sex marriage, but they are strangely silent when it comes to equal rights for our troops.
Our servicemen and women are victims of violent crime outside of their work, just like other everyday Americans. They deserve better than to be treated like second class citizens.
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Shine the light of truth on their duplicitous actions, depriving our heroes of the ability to defend themselves and their families with the proven benefits of concealed carry.
Here are a couple of letters you can feel free to borrow from.
Illinois Senate Democrats have been some of the loudest voices in support of equal rights for homosexuals and support for same sex marriage. At the same time, these same Senate Democrats continue to treat America’s servicemen and women as second class citizens by denying them the right to receive a concealed carry license in Illinois.
That’s right: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton stripped out language in a recent concealed carry clean up bill, SB836, that would have allowed armed forces members who are residents of other states to receive a concealed carry license in Illinois while stationed here. What’s worse, his fellow Senate Democrats sat by, did nothing and allowed this to happen. How shameful.
Wisconsin’s House just approved similar legislation by a nearly unanimous margin – with both parties solidly behind the proposal. Sadly, support for our troops and their families was lagging in the Illinois Senate.
Call your Senator today. Tell him our servicemen and women deserve better than to be treated like second class citizens.
I’m disappointed with my Illinois Democrat State Senator XXXX XXXXXX.
I recently learned that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat machine politician, stripped out a provision that would have allowed U.S. Armed Forces members stationed in Illinois to receive an Illinois concealed carry license. Our local senator did nothing to stop this. I find Senator XXXXXX’s unwillingness to go to bat for the brave men and women in our military to be appalling.
The bill (SB836), which has since passed the Illinois General Assembly by an overwhelming margin, is expected to be signed by the governor any day now.
I find it despicable that our Armed Forces members would be treated as second class citizens in my state.
We as good Americans are supposed to support our troops, not force them to remain defenseless outside of their bases.
If we can afford equal rights to same sex couples, then surely we can extend equal rights for our brave military members when it comes to protecting themselves and their families.
Working together, we can force the Illinois Senate Democrats to extend their equal rights campaign to our armed services members, or shame them with the electorate as indifferent to our troops.
This post originally appeared at gunssavelife.com and is reprinted here with permission.