Sunday, February 10, 2013
On Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, the state will stage public hearings to discuss a new concealed carry handgun law for Illinois.
Gun control hearings will convene before an Illinois House committee later this month, says Speaker Mike Madigan, and there will be much talk about a new concealed carry law. One hearing will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The other will be in Springfield on Feb. 19 at the Capitol. “In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it’s appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," reads a statement from Madigan. "These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun-safety advocates, gun-rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Thursday, January 31
It is way past time that someone pointed up the absolute truth about new gun legislation: the only thing they can do is enable the slaughter of innocent Americans. It is so very obvious, I'm forced to point this up myself. Any politician or pundit that can fog a mirror should be able to understand this. Let's start with facts. Not media facts, but real facts from the F.B.I. Violence in the United States has been in an astonishingly steep decline for the last twenty years. Here it is: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/fbi-releases-2011-crime-statistics . For 2011, violent crime rate for the year was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants a 4.5 percent decrease from the 2010 rate. Check it all …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
No determination of when the 10-judge panel will decide whether to look at last year's decision.
Illinois' attorney general Lisa Madigan has asked the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a December ruling that overturned the state's ban on the concealed carry of handguns in public. The Chicago Tribune reports that the move is aimed at challenging the decision by a three-judge panel of the court, which ruled 2-1 that the state's longtime ban violated the Second Amendment. If the court accepts the petition, the case would be reviewed by all 10 appellate judges. If the court rejects the petition, Madigan would have to decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. "In ruling that Illinois must allow individuals to carry ready-to-use firearms in public, the 7th Circuit Court’s decision goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
A federal appeals court struck down Illinois’ ban on Tuesday. The Land of Lincoln is the only state to impose an outright ban on carrying a concealed weapon.
Gun-rights advocates scored a victory Tuesday when a federal appeals court struck down a state ban on carrying concealed weapons, calling it unconstitutional. Illinois is the only state to impose an outright ban on concealed carry. READ: COURT STRIKES DOWN ILLINOIS CONCEALED CARRY BAN "A right to bear arms thus implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home," Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in the majority opinion. "Today's ruling is a victory for all law-abiding citizens in Illinois and gun owners throughout the country," NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre told the Huffington Post. Get Plainfield news delivered straight to your inbox — sign up for the Patch newsletter. It’s unclear what …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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On Tuesday, a U.S. appeals court ruled that Illinois' ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional. The General Assembly has given the state 180 days in which to "craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public." Not everyone thinks concealed carry is a good idea, and there are arguments on boths sides. Those in favor say it's not only a constitutional right but a necessary one in a world where more and more criminals have guns and aren't afraid to use them. The playing gets a lot more equal when you don't know who has a gun and who doesn't. Those against, however, fear it would put too many …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
An appeals court has decided Illinois' ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional.
A U.S. appeals court has ruled Illinois' ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional, according to the Chicago Tribune. Under the 2-1 ruling, the state would have to allow residents to carry weapons. But the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has given lawmakers 180 days to "craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public," according to the Chicago Tribune. Illinois is the only state to not have some form of conceal carry, according to the Chicago Tribune. Here are some excerpts from the court's opinion: "We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine …