New Illinois Firearm Business Directory Launched

GunRights4Illinois.com has launched a new business directory, sponsored by Alpha Koncepts Firearm Training, specifically for businesses within the firearm industry or other businesses which may benefit firearm owners.  The business directory includes firearm dealers, firearm instructors, gunsmiths, attorneys, and more.

The business directory is absolutely free to use, including free to list your business.  Feel free to list your business today, or to find your new dealer or new gunsmith or build a relationship with a new attorney today!

 

Visit: http://www.gunrights4illinois.com/business-directory/

Right to Carry, not Right to be a Jackass

A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that people with concealed carry licenses are truly the MOST law abiding citizens in the United States. However in every bunch there are bad apples.

While Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses currently (September 14th, 2016) hover around 250,000 people licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois, and revocations are around 250 as of August 2015, that is a rate of less than .001 or 0.1%! Of those 250 revoked, some of the people mentioned on this page have chosen to become revoked in a spectacular manner.

When you have gone through the proper training and when you have paid the proper fees to the government, and when you have receive your permission slip; you have the right to carry a concealed firearm.  While the laws of different states certainly will vary, no state that I am aware of gives you the right to be a jackass with your concealed carry license.

Continue reading Right to Carry, not Right to be a Jackass

How to Sell a Gun in Illinois

How to Sell a Gun in Illinois

The process to sell a gun in Illinois is fairly straightforward but does requires some hoops to jump through.  You can not simply sell the gun to anyone off the street, and does require the same waiting period as if you were to buy a gun from a licensed dealer. Nothing within this posting is to be considered legal advice and all questions should be directed to your criminal defense attorney.

The process for private party purchases of guns in Illinois requires the same waiting period as buying a gun from a dealer. Continue reading How to Sell a Gun in Illinois

Is it Illegal for kids to have Guns?

A common thought is that it is illegal for kids to have guns. But is it true? Jurisdictions and circumstances would dictate the legality of a child being in possession of a firearm, but in Illinois in general it is not illegal for kids to have guns.

One considering giving access of a firearm to a minor must be aware of the laws governing when this may be legal. When in doubt, legal advice should be sought from an attorney. This article is not legal advise, nor is the author an attorney.  However the information found within this writing has been gathered from various Illinois laws which govern firearm possession (linked below).

Many gun owners would tell you that you should teach a child young, to respect a firearm. After all we teach our children not to play with knives or lighters or stick things in electrical sockets. I will tell you that even if you are against the thought of owning a gun you should teach your child basic firearms safety rules.

Stop.

Don’t touch.

Tell an Adult.

Continue reading Is it Illegal for kids to have Guns?

Shore Galleries Wins the Fight to Open New Gun Range in Lincolnwood!

A decades long battle has drawn to a close as Shore Galleries was issued, under court order, a building permit to construct a 10 lane shooting range on the 2nd floor over their existing gun store.

Shore Galleries attempted to relocate to the manufacturing district but there was outcry from local antigun Northshore residents. Shore then applied to expand it’s current location and in response the village of Lincolnwood changed its’ zoning laws to prevent the expansion.  Shore galleries sued the village and won.

Here is hoping to a new North Shore Illinois gun range coming soon.

Shore Galleries is located at 3318 W. Devon Ave, Lincolnwood, Illinois.

SAF SUES ILLINOIS OVER FOSTER PARENTS’ CIVIL RIGHTS

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against the State of Illinois on JUly 12t, 2016, on behalf of two foster parents, alleging deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

The lawsuit is joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) on behalf of Kenneth and Colleen Schults in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Named as a defendant in the case is George H. Sheldon, in his official capacity as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS).

The complaint contends that Mr. and Mrs. Schults have been denied their rights because IDCFS policy substantially prohibits foster parents, and those who would like to be foster parents, from possessing firearms for the purpose of self-defense. This violates their constitutional rights under the Second Amendment.

“After the number of times we’ve had to take legal action in Illinois, including our landmark U.S. Supreme Court Second Amendment victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago six years ago, one would think the state would have wised up by now,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “But here we are again, working with ISRA, fighting for the rights of law-abiding citizens in that state.”

SAF and its co-plaintiffs seek to establish that the state’s restrictions on the possession and carrying of firearms by foster parents is unconstitutional under both the Second and Fourteenth amendments.

“It was our legal action against Chicago’s handgun ban that incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment,” Gottlieb recalled. “It was another of our lawsuits that forced the State Legislature to adopt a concealed carry statute in Illinois. Now we’re in court to make sure that the state cannot discriminate against foster parents who merely wish to exercise the rights we’ve restored in Illinois.”

Manhattan Illinois Gun Smith Burglary

A gunsmith located in Manhattan Illinois was burglarized the night of July 31st or early morning of August 1st, 2016.  In addition to the Manhattan, Illinois police department, Will County Sheriff’s police, New Lenox, Mokena, and Frankfort also assisted.

One suspect was apprehended and the police concluded their search.

Gun control advocates claim that additional gun control laws will curb violence. However, criminals don’t buy their firearms legally, as proof from this story.

 

http://patch.com/illinois/newlenox/police-search-manhattan

Illinois Concealed Firearm Licensee Shoots Robber in Chicago

On Monday July 25th at about 6am a Chicago man, licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois, was being robbed and shot one of the robbery suspects on the West side of Chicago. The licensee happens to be a civilian employee of the Chicago police.

 

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the robbery suspect was shot in the neck and is 31 years old. The tribune did not state his condition. Also reported by the Tribune is that he was accompanied by a 17 year old boy who fled, but was apprehended.

 

Concealed carry saves lives.

Original Report by Chicago Tribune: http://abc7chicago.com/news/cpd-employee-shot-man-who-tried-to-rob-him-police-say/1441563/

Yet Another Anti Gun Protest scheduled for Chucks Gun Shop tomorrow July 20th

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am- several groups including The Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence interrupters, The Brady Campaign of  Illinois  will conduct a Protest Rally outside of Chucks Gun Shop and Riverdale City Hall.

According to a press release they shall be “calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together … in a effort to balance Justice for the Community.”  However this is yet another scheme to attempt to force Chucks Gun Shop out of business.

Chucks operates completely legal and however sadly some patrons choose to break the law with legally purchased firearms.  This is not the fault of Chucks Gun Shop nor of the NRA as some claim.

Chucks Gun Shop is located at: 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, IL 60827

The Riverdale Town Hall is located at: 157 W 144th St, Riverdale, IL 60827

Terror Watch List and FOID card Revocation in Illinois HB6588

The “Terror Watch List” has become the new buzz word in the gun control world, and the FOID Card Revocation bill is no different. Illinois Rep Gregory Harris has introduced HB6588, a bill which, in addition to other things, would require you lose your gun owner rights in Illinois if added to the mysterious terror watch list.

The FOID card Recovation bill would also cause you to lose your gun rights for making terrorist threats or if charged with assisting terrorists. While nobody wants terrorists having guns, except the terrorists themselves, these provisions are a violation of not only your obvious 2nd Amendment rights, but your 4th & 5th Amendment rights as well.

Synopsis as Introduced:

Amends the Illinois Police Training Act. Provides the annual training of police chiefs must include at least one course on the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, and firearms investigations. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. In the definition of “clear and present danger” that the person demonstrates threatening physical or verbal behavior, such as violent, suicidal, or assaultive threats, actions, or other behavior, adds that it includes any act that is intended to cause or create a risk and does cause or create a risk of death or great bodily harm to one or more persons. Permits the Department of State Police to notify the FBI if a person on the Terrorist Watchlist submits an application for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID card). Requires the Department of State Police to, within 3 business days, provide notice and reason for the disqualification of a person from a firearm purchase or FOID card revocation to all law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction to assist with the seizure of the person’s FOID card. Adds as grounds to deny an application for or to revoke or seize the person’s FOID card that the person is charged with making a terrorist threat or soliciting or providing material support for terrorism under State law or a similar offense of another state or under federal law. Provides if the Department of State Police has not received the FOID card or Firearms Disposition Record from the person, the Department shall send notice of noncompliance to the sheriff and law enforcement agency where the person resides.

FUll text and sponsors may be found here: http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=6588&GAID=13&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=97990&SessionID=88

Cook County Passes resolution to Support Gun Dealer Licensing based on Lies

Yesterday, June 7th 2016, the Cook County board displayed for all to see what is completely wrong with our legislative system in Chicago, and Illinois.  That is that law makers can flat out lie and pass laws and resolutions based on those lies, and be very successful at it. Yesterday as the Cook County board passed a resolution to support the Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Act, it did so based on those false truths.

First some back ground. The Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Act was authored by none other than Astronaut Mark Kelly and former politician Gabby Giffords who now cooperatively run “Americans for Responsible Solutions” a gun control group based out of Washington DC, however Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords both reside in Arizona. Both locations you may note are not Illinois.  The Gun Dealer Licensing Act was sponsored by Kathleen Willis. Please note that Willis is not the author as was made abundantly clear during the committee hearings and floor debates.

In short the Act will place huge burdens on gun dealers, for more information please visit: Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Act. This Act was shot down and, embarrassingly for the sponsor, amended numerous times. It was not recalled for vote by the house after failing. However it could still be called for in special session by the Illinois House, and Cook County is doing everything in its’ power to make that happen.

Cook County Suffredin introduced a  resolution that Cook County Support HB1016. In doing so as he was giving his speech, he stated flat out lies. The first lie was to state that dealers would be licensed by the Illinois State Police, when in reality the Act would be administered by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).  The IDFPR was OPPOSED to this Act on record (see witness slips).

Suffredin further goes on to tarnish the office he holds by once again lying and stating, “language was negotiated with most gun rights groups”. This is a lie, because the NRA, the ISRA, IllinoisCarry, NSSF, and the Illinois Gun Manufacturers Association were all OPPOSED on record (see witness slips) to this bill.

In the end, Cook County Resolution 16-2302 is approved.  Only Commissioner Morrison voted No. The good news is that the resolution is simply feel good fluff. With the Cook County Commissioners either unwilling or unable to solve the crime and violence problems in their areas of constituency – they pass feel good resolutions to trick the unwitting public into thinking they are trying – they are falling back on the tried and true gun grabber methodology of blaming law abiding gun owners and gun dealers.

See also: https://cook-county.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2636106&GUID=B86D950A-4FDF-42EE-A20D-5CEFA9974905&Options=&Search=

Anti-Gun Protest at Chucks Gun Shop in Riverdale May 28th 2016

ALERT – Chuck’s Gun Shop Protest

Reports have surfaced that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is planning to protest Chuck’s Gun Shop May 28, 2016, at 12:00 Noon.

While we respect this group’s right to hold their own misguided feelings, they do not have a right to force a legal business to close, even if for the afternoon. Continue reading Anti-Gun Protest at Chucks Gun Shop in Riverdale May 28th 2016

The Foid Card Mental Disability bill has Passed Both Houses – Governor Rauner is Next

The Illinois Foid Card Metal Disability Bill (SB2213) passed the Illinois Senate unanimously (53 yeas, 0 naes) on April 22nd. It then passed the Illinois House on April 24th, also unanimously (114 yeas, 0 naes). It is now to be sent to Governor Rauner for decision. It is expected Rauner will approve SB2213. Continue reading The Foid Card Mental Disability bill has Passed Both Houses – Governor Rauner is Next