Illinois 2016 Concealed Carry License Totals

The totals are once again in for those who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms in Illinois. Illinois Added over 73,000 concealed carry licensees. Illinois also added 14 non-resident licensees in 2016.

This brings the total Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses to 217,380. The total number of non resident licenses is only 34. A disgustingly high number is the amount of people who wait in limbo for the concealed carry review board, which is 2,385.

The number of non resident concealed carry licenses is likely so low because only Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina and Virginia qualify for a non-resident concealed carry license in Illinois.

As a side note, the current population of Illinois is 12.8 million (in 2014 census). This means that slightly less than 2 percent of Illinois population choose to exercise their right to bear arms. This possibly could be due to the high licensing fees collected by the State of Illinois as well as the 16 hours of training also required.



Thanks to KWC at Illinois Carry for your FOIA requests…


Illinois Soda AND Shooting tax

As if the Illinois soda tax wasn’t bad enough, it has now become a shooting tax! Illinois Senate bill SB 009 has been amended with floor amendment 2 which creates an amusement tax on various activities one of which includes “shooting galleries”. Also included in this tax are gun clubs and shooting clubs, fishing hunting and many many other activities too numerous to list. Infact this bill is 492 pages of proposed taxes.

Uniquely named the, “Business Opportunity Tax Act”, I fail to see what business opportunities this act shall create other than allowing the Illinois State government the opportunity to tax just about everything enjoyable, including shooting activities in the state.

Via Article 10 of this so called business opportunity tax act, the act creates an amusement excise tax.  This excise tax creates a 5% tax on various activities including shooting and hunting.

For what is worth, The previous sugary beverage tax (soda tax) has been completely removed via amendment 2.


BELLEVUE, WA While the Department of Justice has just issued a scathing report that Chicago police have systematically violated the civil rights of minorities in the city, the Second Amendment Foundation today is wondering why the DOJ hasnt investigated the city for repeatedly violating the rights of gun owners.

In the wake of our landmark 2010 victory that nullified Chicagos handgun ban, noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, the city has deliberately dragged its feet and created one roadblock after another in an effort to prevent city residents from exercising their firearms rights. As a result, weve had to take the city back to court, while the Justice Department was little more than a spectator.

We shouldnt have to do the Justice Departments work to defend the civil rights of firearms owners, he added.

In December, Gottlieb wrote in an opinion piece that appeared in several newspapers that the next attorney general should appoint an assistant whose specific duty would be to search for gun laws that violate the constitutional rights of citizens and take legal action.

Under Barack Obama, Gottlieb observed, the Justice Department has been rather choosy about which constitutional and civil rights they defended. The Second Amendment protects an individual civil right, same as the First, Fourth and Fifth amendments. Lets hope that when new leadership assumes the helm at Justice, their investigators are reminded that there are ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, and its DOJs job to protect all of them.

It would be a welcome change to see the Justice Department come down on Chicago and other municipalities and tell them to clean up their act where gun rights are concerned, Gottlieb said.

Ania Cienkowski named Exec.VP and Spokesperson for 2AO

2AO is pleased to announce that Ania Cienkowski, an illinois resident, has accepted the role of Executive Vice President and Spokesperson for 2AO. Ania has over 10 years of experience in the Firearms Industry; she brings knowledge of OSHA and ATF Compliance to 2AO. She ran and operated the first 5-star NSSF awarded range and store in the Chicagoland community.

Ania is focused on developing women and youth shooting programs for Chicago Communities. She is supported heavily by the veteran and military community. Her father was a Red Beret in the Polish Military. She has coordinated numerous range days for multiple charities including the VFW, law enforcement departments, Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Wounded Warrior Program, local food pantries and homeless organizations.

2AO (2nd Amendment Organization) is a nonprofit organization that connects pro-2nd Amendment businesses. With a focus on large cities and minority communities, 2AO offers resources for business owners while welcoming and educating nontraditional shooters. 2AO’s large support base highlights its diverse community of responsible gun owners in America.

Ania and the 2AO team will be at SHOT SHOW 2017 in Las Vegas meeting with partners and other organizations supporting the Second Amendment. For more information or media appearance, please contact 2AO at 202.643.2261

Illinois New Suppressor Bill of 2017

With the end of the special session on January 10th 2017 and the inauguration of the newly elected officials today January 11th for the 100th General Assembly, we see hundreds of new bills being filed. One of those bills is the new firearm sound suppressor bill, introduced by William Haine.

A full reading will be necessary but based on the synopsis, the bill is …interesting.

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. Permits the State Police to notify the FBI if a person on the Terrorist Watchlist applies for a FOID card. Requires the State Police to provide notice and reason for the disqualification of a firearm purchase or a 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. Makes other changes. Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a person may not carry a concealed handgun equipped with a silencer. Amends the Wildlife Code. Removes the prohibition on using a silencer to mute the sound resulting from firing a gun. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the offense of unlawful use of weapons includes knowingly: using, or possessing with the intent to use, a silencer on a handgun, except at a shooting range; or possessing any silencer for firearms, other than handguns, not in compliance with the National Firearms Act. Provides that the offense of unlawful sale or delivery of firearms includes knowingly transferring a silencer to a person not authorized to possess the silencer under federal law. Effective immediately.


BELLEVUE, WA – A federal district court judge in Illinois has denied that state’s motion to dismiss a legal challenge by the Second Amendment Foundation of its foster parenting rules that place restrictions on the possession of firearms for personal protection.

SAF filed the lawsuit last summer on behalf of Kenneth and Colleen Shults 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). SAF is joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association.

On Tuesday, District Judge Colin Stirling Bruce ruled that there are “sufficient factual allegations to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” The complaint alleges that the state has deprived Kenneth and Colleen Shults of their civil rights under color of law.

“We brought this action on behalf of the plaintiffs 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,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We’re delighted that the judge will allow our action to go forward because it is important to establish that people do not surrender their Second Amendment rights in order to become foster parents. 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.”

The case now enters the discovery phase, according to SAF attorney David Sigale of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

The case is known as Shults et al v. Sheldon.

Chicago 2016 Homicide Rate is Tallied, the Results Not Good

The homicide rate for the City of Chicago has been tallied. The results are in and as expected, it’s not good.

The city of Chicago continues to be a dangerous place. While the majority of homicides are condensed into certain neighborhoods, murder and crime has hit nearly every neighborhood in Chicago, including the affluent and wealthy ones. Some of the more affluent Chicago neighborhoods where the homicide rate is surprising include: The Loop, Near North Side and even Norwood Park, which adjoins the suburb of Park Ridge. Even with crime and murder striking these historically less crime-ridden parts of the city, the most deadly neighborhoods in Chicago in 2016 are Austin, Englewood and Garfield Park. These three neighborhoods account for nearly one third of the total homicides in Chicago.

The homicide rate in Chicago took a drastic rise in 2016, where it rose by 286 homicides since 2015 (509 homicides in 2015 and 460 in 2014). The total number of homicides in Chicago in 2016 are 795. As the homicide rate rises in Chicago, the Chicago Police superintendent and Cook County States Attorney both call for more gun control. Cook County, however, continues a revolving door policy within the correction system for violent repeat offenders. This means existing laws simply are not being enforced and repeat violent offenders are often released within one year, left to offend again. As well, an even more startling (and truthfully scary) statistic is that in 82% of Chicago homicides, NO ARRESTS ARE EVER MADE.

Not all homicides in Chicago are murders, though. In 2015, the homicide rate in Chicago was 509, with 468 of these homicides being considered murders.  The remaining forty-one homicides in Chicago were either justified acts of self-defense or police-involved shootings.

In 2016, the homicide rate in Chicago was 795, but the exact murder rate has not been released as of this writing. Approximately eleven homicides were considered acts of self-defense and approximately eleven more were police-involved, according to sources, however.

This upward trend in violence in the City of Chicago, the most populated city in Illinois and all the Midwest, coupled with homicides continuing to spread from higher crime-ridden neighborhoods to more affluent neighborhoods, is proof positive that you are never truly safe and only you are responsible for your safety and personal protection. Be armed. Be trained. Be Alpha.