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.
However that is exactly what happened in Illinois in December of 2015. Two news stories occurred in Bridgeview Illinois and Peoria Illinois. In these two separate incidents each man is accused of being a licensed Jackass! you see, each incident involved a person whom was licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. With that power comes great responsibility. While each man is innocent until proven guilty, if the allegations are correct they are guilty of being licensed jackasses.
First, Sunday December 12th,allegedly thought the best way to end an argument over a parking spot was to brandish his firearm. Consequently was charged with aggravated assault.
Secondly we introduce Charles Holmes who allegedly thought it was appropriate to retrieve his firearm from his vehicle and point it at someone because that someone was flirting with his girl friend.
Third on the list, on Monday September 5th, Derrick Harrington, was driving in the 7100 block of South Indiana Avenue when he allegedly pointed a gun into an other car, the sheriff’s office said and he is now facing assault charges.
The alleged actions of these individuals reflect poorly not only on themselves but on the entire gun community. Law abiding firearm owners need to hold themselves to a higher standard, and certainly concealed carry licensees are especially under the microscope in Illinois. When you go into a bowling alley filled with machismo and pump a round into the air, all you accomplish in doing is making ALL gun owners look like jackasses. If you think the proper resolution to any argument is to brandish a firearm, let me ask you to do me a person favor. Please take your concealed carry license and send it back to the Illinois State Police. If you think either of the alleged actions of these concealed firearm licensees is appropriate you too are a JACKASS.
On a side note, perhaps Judge Felice needs to re-read the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry compiled statute. According to the reporting by the Oak Lawn Patch…
Judge Felice told the student he was likely to lose his conceal carry permit.
“You had no business taking the gun into a place that serves alcohol,” the judge said. “You should have learned that in [conceal carry] class.
The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry statute actually reads…
(9) Any building, real property, and parking area
under the control of an establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment’s gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol. The owner of an establishment who knowingly fails to prohibit concealed firearms on its premises as provided in this paragraph or who knowingly makes a false statement or record to avoid the prohibition on concealed firearms under this paragraph is subject to the penalty under subsection (c-5) of Section 10-1 of the Liquor Control Act of 1934.
It is up to the establishment to audit their revenues and post a “no gun” sign if appropriate. Perhaps the bowling alley does not earn 50% of their revenues from Alcohol.