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.


Don’t touch.

Tell an Adult.

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Cook County Ammunition Tax has passed.

Cook County Illinois proposed an ammunition tax.  Last week it was voted on in committee, and this week went to the county board for vote.  Yesterday November 18th the board passed the ammunition tax.  The roll call is as follows…

The tax is passed by vote of 10 to 7:

Arroyo – Aye
Boyken – Aye
Butler – Aye
Daley – Aye
Fritchie – No
Gainer – No
Garcia – Aye
Goslen – No
Moore – Aye
Morrison – No
Murphy – Aye
Schneider – No
Silvestri – No
Sims – Aye
Steele – Aye
Suffredin – Aye
Tobolski – No


There will no doubt be law suits tied up in the courts for years.  Please be sure to write the Cook county board members who voted No on the Cook County Ammunition Tax and thank them.

This ammunition tax will add $0.01 to every round of rimfire ammunition and  add $0.05 to every round of centerfire ammunition. This ammunition tax was originally a part of the Cook County violence tax which passed in 2012, but was removed from the violence tax before passing vote.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky calls for guncontrol in wake of Paris attacks

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of the 9th district of Illinois has repeatedly called for more gun control since the terrorist attacks stating “we should make, as a top priority, reducing the easy availability of the kinds of weapons that can and have been used in mass shootings.” on her own website press release dated November 16th.  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was also calling for more gun control on Sirius XM radio stating “I think it ought cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun safety laws.”

Because Ms. Schakowsky is my congresswoman I have communicated with her numerous times. I will say upfront that while most of my other politicians whom I write often as well, her replies seem to not be canned template responses. Her responses seem be be direct either by her or one of her staffers, even referencing previous emails in her correspondences.  Therefore I shall be writing another letter to Ms. Schakowsky, as follows:

Ms. Schakowsky ,

I write to you in response to your calling for sensible gun laws in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.  I have once heard of another Illinois politician stating “Never let a good tragedy go to waste.” and while I did not verify the authenticity of this quote, I did think you were above the practice.

As I have previously told you, I feel you are an intelligent person. Otherwise how could you have risen to the seat in which you find yourself today? However it frustrates me when I hear or read you calling for more gun control.  The exact words posted on your website in regards to the Paris tragedy state “If we are to address violence, terrorism and security at home, we must enact sensible gun safety laws.”

As a constituent of your district I request you to elaborate. What gun law, sensible or otherwise, would have prevented this tragedy? We don’t know the origin of the firearms used in the attacks, however we do know they did not come from France because France  has banned these types of firearms.  What sensible gun laws would you enact in the United States which would have prevented this mass attack by terrorists?

Let’s expand upon the proposals thrown about by anti gun (dare I say Anti Freedom?) politicians…

Universal Background checks…  Would a back ground check stop a prohibited person from obtaining a firearm? No, because it does not work now. Straw Purchasers buy and sell firearms and pass back ground checks.  Criminals steal firearms.  The study between Duke and the University of Chicago in conjunction with the Cook County Jail system concluded that criminals don’t obtain their firearms legally.

Would an all out 100% gun ban work?  Absolutely not, and France is proof. Their all out ban has failed their citizens.  Criminals will always have weapons of evil (including explosives, which terrorists actually utilize more than firearms.)

The Taliban was known for crafting AK 47’s on mountain sides with rocks and hammers.  Philippine gunsmiths make firearms in the jungles with hand tools such as files and hack saws from recycled metals. You can not un-invent technology which has been around for hundreds of years.  Finally guns can be smuggled across borders, as they were in France.

I please ask you to lay out what “sensible gun law” would have stopped the France terror attacks?

Your constituent,

Thomas C Kral
Niles, IL 60714

If you are in the 9th district of Illinois ( Illinois’ 9th Congressional District consists of all of Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Norridge. It is also made up of parts of Wilmette, Northfield, Glenview, Golf, Rosemont and Des Plaines, as well as much of the north side of City of Chicago.) I encourage you to contact Ms. Schakowsky at the following information. However if you are not in the 9th district, please contact all your elected officials and ask them to vote for your freedom by not backing any new gun control proposals.   Ms Schakowsky  may be reached at


Chicago Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 506-7100
Fax: (773) 506-9202
Washington D. C. Office
2367 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2111
Fax: (202) 226-6890
Evanston Office
820 Davis Street, Suite 105
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 328-3409
Fax: (847) 328-3425
Glenview Office
1852 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: 847-328-3409
Fax: 847-328-3425


Jan Schakowsky & Obama photo from

Coonan Introduces New 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Coonan Introduces New 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Blaine, MN – Coonan Inc., known for their unique 1911 chambered in .357 Magnum, introduces a new class of 1911 chambered in .45 ACP.

The Coonan 1911 .357 Magnum Auto raised the standards for 1911’s. The new.45 ACP Pistol raises the standards again by applying all of the “Coonan Difference” proven technologies from their 1911 .357 Magnum Auto to their new .45 ACP. These “Coonan Difference” features, linkless barrel, pivoting trigger, and external extractor, are incorporated into every Coonan pistol. The linkless barrel is more reliable than linked barrels and offers increased accuracy while virtually eliminating feeding issues. The pivoting trigger’s unique location and motion allows the user more consistent trigger pulls for better accuracy and tighter groups. Every trigger, hammer, sear, and disconnector are crafted at the Coonan facility in Minnesota to their exact specifications. Combined with the pivoting trigger, this firing mechanism configuration allows the shooter a more refined trigger pull and user experience. The final “Coonan Difference” feature is the external extractor, which is coil spring activated for increased reliability and robustness unlike internal extractors that use leaf springs that can flatten out over time. Recoil operation allows the use of both jacketed and non-jacked ammunition through the 4340 carbon steel hard chrome plate finished barrel.

This handgun ships standard with Novak style rear sights and blade front sights. Optional features include fixed night sights or an adjustable rear sights. This new handgun also incorporates an extended slide catch and thumb lock to simplify one-handed operation. The Coonan .45 ACP package includes a 7 round single-stack magazine, a carrying case and a lock for additional storage safety. For additional information on the Coonan .45 ACP 1911 Pistol, please visit

Coonan .45 ACP 1911 Pistol

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 0″ (4340 Carbon Steel W/Hard Chrome Plate)
  • Construction: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel
  • Overall Length: 8.4 Inches
  • Height: 5.3”
  • Width: 1.3”
  • Weight: 40.0oz empty/ 45.2oz Loaded
  • Trigger: Pivoting; 4-4.5lb, pull
  • Magazine Capacity: 7 Rounds
  • Sights: Novak Style Rear, Blade Front
  • MSRP: $ 1,375.00

About Coonan Inc.

Coonan Inc. manufactures firearms created by the legendary gun designer, Dan Coonan. In addition to the .357 Magnum Automatic, Coonan Inc. also makes a full range of FAL receivers and machines a wide range of high-precision gun and other parts.

Over 250 Disabled Vets and Families Attend HAVA’s 8th Annual Range Day

Hurricane’s Rain Doesn’t Stop HAVA’s 8th Annual Family Day

Over 250 Disabled Vets and Families Attend Range Day


San Antonio, TX – November 7, 2015 – Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and the

San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) announced another very successful HAVA/SAPD National Family Day held last week at the SAPD Training Academy. In 8 annual family day events in San Antonio, HAVA has hosted over 1,400 disabled veterans and more than 2,800 including family members since its inception in 2008.


HAVA welcomed over 100 veterans and 250 total family members despite near-constant torrential rain and flooding. Disabled veterans and their families from all over South Texas braved the elements to participate in this flagship event that featured shooting exhibitions by Max Michel and Micah McMillan, who amazingly did his trademark shotgun exhibition in the wind and rain. “Gunny” (R. Lee Ermey) also entertained guests.


On the (thankfully covered) range, participants enjoyed shooting stages with various firearms chambered in .223, 9mm and .22LR. Youngsters ran through stages in SAPD’s “shoot house” with air soft guns and child care was provided for small children. As is usual practice at HAVA’s Family Days, all youth participants went home with a raffle prize. Lunch and dinner were provided along with backpacks filled with gifts and an adult raffle table with over $15,000 worth of firearms, optics and other outdoor gear.


“We were utterly shocked that 250 attendees and 80 volunteers actually showed up despite the miserable conditions,” said HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor. “All the rain didn’t dampen our guest’s spirits and the general sentiment was that only those with the tough minded mentality of our U.S. Military would come in such numbers on a day like that. These are military families who have faced enemies, family tragedy and disruption far worse than a rain storm – and who were not about to let some soggy conditions spoil a great day. It was, as always, our privilege to represent the shooting sports industry in “giving-back” to these deserving Americans, and the SAPD is a model host at their 700 acre training center.”


“Our training officers look forward to the HAVA event each year representing all of the sworn officers of the department,” said Capt. Jimmy Reyes of the SAPD Academy. “For us, it’s a unique form of community outreach as it serves those who have given so much, and to whom we all owe more than we can ever repay. Many of our men and women officers are ex-military who know too well the family and personal sacrifices of service life. Many thanks to the HAVA team for allowing us to share in this important effort.”



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About HAVA

HAVA is a 501(c)3 organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry with the purpose of raising awareness and further assisting disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events and other outdoor sports activities. The sustaining sponsor companies are Smith & Wesson, NSSF, Sig Sauer, Academi, ATK/Federal, Barrett, Crimson Trace, Diamondback, FMG Publications, Glock, Hornady, Leapers/OTG, Leupold & Stevens, Mossberg, NASGW, Proof Research, Ruger, Surefire, Taurus, XS Sights, and Yamaha Outdoors among numerous contributing companies. Those who would like to learn more about the HAVA organization can do so at


About SAPD

The San Antonio police Dept. consists of 2,300 officers dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of San Antonio by creating a safe environment in partnership with the people they serve. They act with integrity to reduce fear and crime while treating all with respect, compassion and fairness. Learn more at


Jessie Duff Completes Season with High Lady Overall

Taurus® Team Captain Jessie Duff Completes Season with High Lady Overall

 MIAMI – November 18, 2015 – Jessie Duff earned the title of High Lady Overall at this year’s 2015 Steel Challenge World Championships while setting a new personal best record. This match was held in San Luis Obispo, California last weekend and marked the end to Jessie’s 2015 season.

Throughout the year, Jessie traveled around the United States competing in some of the most exciting competitions of her career. Motivated to end this season on a high note, Jessie traveled to California to participate in the Steel Challenge World Championships. The Taurus Team Captain distinguished herself as a professional athlete, displaying endurance and strength while competing against some of the industry’s best. During the match, Jessie upheld her professional mindset and achieved the title of High Lady Overall after competing in the eight stimulating stages. Her determination and physical abilities, matched with her Taurus handgun, were instrumental in Duff’s success.

“I always look forward to competing at the Steel Challenge World Championships and this year was no different,” comments Jessie. “I had a great year competing and finishing the season with a High Lady Overall is very humbling.”

Leading up to this match, Duff’s preparation and dedication for self-improvement resulted in a new personal record for Jessie. Jessie will continue training this fall, sharpening her skills with the goal to break more records in the 2016 season.

About Jessie Duff:

Jessie Duff has taken her shooting career of a beginner, all the way to a top ranked professional, earning multiple World and National Champion shooting titles, in five different shooting disciplines. Among these are the prestigious Bianchi Cup and the World Speed Shooting Championships. Jessie has also ranked in numerous regional and state champion matches as well. Reaching this level of shooting performance in her career, defines a well-disciplined competitor and role model for the Taurus Shooting

About Taurus Holdings, Inc.:

Headquartered in Miami, Taurus Holdings, Inc. owns or represents some of the most recognized and valued brands worldwide, including Taurus®, Rossi®, and Heritage™.

Taurus® Claims Top Three Spots in September New Revolver Category on

Taurus® Claims Top Three Spots in September New Revolver Category on


MIAMI – October 28, 2015 – Taurus® is once again at the top of the sales list on GunBroker. With the top three sellers in the New Revolver category for September, Taurus® brand firearms continue to be a popular choice among today’s gun buyers.


Taurus® models atop the New Revolver category include, the 605, 85 and the Taurus Judge®. Each of these revolvers demonstrates the quality that Taurus® is proud to back and features that have landed them ahead of their competitors. The Taurus 605 is an unfailing revolver in .357 Magnum with great fiber optic sights. The Taurus 85 is one of the most popular selling families for the company. It is easy to carry and lightning quick, making it ideal for everyday carry.


Finally—the Taurus Judge has been on the rise since it came into play close to 10 years ago. Named for its use in protecting those in the judicial system, the Judge is carried by more Judges into the courtroom than any other revolver. Its versatility is unsurpassed and it’s no wonder this revolver has continued to climb the ranks in the revolver category.


The full list is available at the Top 5 Best Sellers – Gun List.


About Taurus Holdings, Inc.:

Headquartered in Miami, Taurus Holdings, Inc. owns or represents some of the most recognized and valued brands worldwide, including Taurus®, Rossi®, and Heritage™. Known as an innovator within the firearms industry, Taurus Holdings is a leader offering quality and value-packed firearms to the United States and Canada. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well.  For additional information about Taurus, visit High-resolution images are available at

New Bill filed in Illinois to end Cook County Ammo & Violence Tax

Today a bill was filed in the Illinois house to end the Cook County Ammunition tax and Cook County Violence tax which are illegal infringements on the law abiding gun owner.  This bill is called HB4348 and was filed by Rep. Jerry Costello.

The synopsis of the proposed bill is as follows:

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not impose any tax, fee, or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods, on any firearms, firearm attachments, or firearm ammunition. Provides that the provisions of any ordinance or resolution on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act by any municipal or county government that imposes any tax, fee, or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods are invalid and all those existing ordinances and resolutions are void.

Jerry Costello (D) is A+ rated by the NRA.