Utility Workers Lives Matter? Maybe not…

Do the lives of Utility Workers matter? Sure they do! But maybe not to some of their employers.  Some employers, such as AT&T, have policies against the carrying of weapons while on duty. As one AT&T employee put it, “AT&T has a policy against fighting back.”  That policy was evident on Monday November 28th, 2016 when an AT&T employee was shot during an attempted robbery in Berwyn, Illinois.

According to a press release from the City of Berwyn…

The victim was working on electrical panels in the 6300-block of Park Avenue around 11 a.m. when a male approached and demanded his wallet. When the worker tossed his wallet and attempted to flee, the suspect shot him the back.

 

This incident is proof that the merciless show no mercy. Even though the victim complied, he was still shot. The victim was left, by his employer

Continue reading Utility Workers Lives Matter? Maybe not…

CrossBreed® Holsters announces availability of ULTICLIP3

The newly designed ULTICLIP3 is the latest offering from our friends at UltiClip. The new design incorporates a slotted center and second attachment hole to offer a more versatile mounting solution. Continue reading CrossBreed® Holsters announces availability of ULTICLIP3

Illinois Aim to Expedite Firearm Licensing Process

Originally Posted March 6th, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced the Agency will begin accepting on-line FOID applications beginning March 16, 2015, to provide a more streamlined and modernized application process. The ISP will no longer accept the current FOID paper applications after Monday, March 9, 2015; however, like the CCL, the new FOID application will be available through the Department’s website or through the paper alternative call center method for those individuals who do not have computer access. Minors under the age of 21 without a state of Illinois Driver’s License or Identification card and Amish applicants will be required to complete an alternative call-in paper application.

The ISP has also made changes to the login for both the CCL and FOID applications.  Applicants will no longer be required to obtain a state of Illinois digital I.D. through the Department of Central Management Services.  This login change will allow users greater accessibility to the new application process. All new applicants and returning CCL applicants will need to register with the Illinois State Police by providing some key identifiers found on their Illinois Driver’s License or Identification card, creating a username and password, and answering four security questions. The CCL website will be unavailable beginning Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5:00 p.m., until Monday, March 16, 2015, at 7:00 a.m., in order to implement the new FOID system.

Federal Firearm Licensed (FFLs) dealers will also have access to the web-based portal in order to conduct the required background checks of those wishing to purchase a firearm.  All FFL’s in the state of Illinois are required to register with the ISP via the website at www.ispffl.com or by calling 217-524-3847 to continue to perform background checks after the launch of the new system. The old FTIP system will be closed on March 15 at 4:00 p.m. to allow data to be transferred to the new system. Beginning March 16, at 8:30 a.m., firearm dealers will be able to submit firearm background transactions via the website and follow up on previously requested checks based upon a transaction number.

Firearm dealers using the web-portal during the first 30 days of implementation will be able to submit transactions at no cost. The traditional fee of $2.00 is being waived. Firearm dealers will also still have the option of using the 800# dial-up process; however, dealers will be charged the $2.00 processing fee for this option.

The new CCL and FOID application process is intended to provide a user-friendly portal designed to ease and streamline both application processes.

Illinois State Police About to Make Concealed Carry more Costly

According to the Firearm Concealed Carry Licensing Act (FCCL), the Illinois State Police (ISP) are responsible for licensing and administration of the Act.  As such the ISP have the right o set administrative rules governing instructor and licensee activities.

The ISP recently released a set of proposed administrative rules. Those rules may be found here: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume39_issue32.pdf   (Start on page 56). If you are considering obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry license, or if you have one already it would be in your best interest to read these rules. Some of the changes are going to make training (and retraining) more cost prohibitive because of redundant responsibilities added to instructors. As instructors responsibilities increase it would not be unreasonable for training fees to increase as well. After all, time is money.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), as well as other pro gun rights groups in Illinois has met with the ISP, and the ISP is unwilling to budge on some of these issues. Therefore it is time for the people to act and make our voice heard.  Please read the proposed rules, then contact the Illinois State Police at the following:

Matthew R. Rentschler
Chief Legal Counsel
Illinois State Police
801 South 7th Street, Suite 1000-S

A copy of my letter to Matthew Rentschler at the ISP is as follows:

September 6th, 2015

Mr Matthew Rentschler, or whom it may concern:

As a resident of Illinois I take exception to some of the proposed administrative rules for the Concealed Carry Licensing Act.

As Concealed Carry instructors are burdened with duplicate efforts and more administrative tasks this will inevitably drive up the cost for the applicants. As you may be aware the Illinois concealed carry license is already one of the most expensive in the USA to simply apply, not to mention the strict requirement of training time. Time is money, more instructor time means more applicant money.

This makes the already very expensive concealed carry license unobtainable for the poor and working class of Illinois who have the same right to self defense as the affluent and wealthy.

The specifically object to the preregistration as proposed for instructors 72 hours in advance of a concealed carry class.

I also specifically object to the proposed rule requiring instructors AGAIN 72 hours after the class upload class results.

As a law abiding, tax paying, voting citizen of Illinois I urge your to reconsider these rules and consider those who may adversely be affected by redundant bureaucratic quagmire which will be created by these proposed rules.

Respectfully,

Thomas Kral

The pen is mightier than the sword. Start writing those letters!

P.S. Objections MUST be in writing, and ultimately these proposed rules must be approved or dis-approved by JCAR.

Illinois State Police Cracking down on Crooked Instructors and Denying Applicants because of it

Thieves will be thieves, and the Illinois State Police have said that thieves should not be instructors of Concealed Carry in Illinois.  The Illinois State Police have yanked credentials of concealed carry instructors who were skirting the law. Furthermore those instructors who were skirting the law invalidated the training of their students and the Illinois State Police will be rejecting the applicants.

“Anyone seeking to legally obtain a concealed carry license also expects that the firearms training will be conducted professionally, honestly, and will reinforce firearms safety and responsibility,” said St. Clair State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.  The people of good faith who have come forward believe in law abiding, responsible gun ownership and will ensure that the integrity of concealed carry training is upheld and not twisted into a means to defraud consumers,” Kelly added.

 

https://www.isp.state.il.us/media/pressdetails.cfm?ID=788

 

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/03/18/illinois-firearms-instructors-lose-licenses/6583233/

April Fools Joke by Illinois State Police, but 327 CCL Applicants Aren’t Laughing

Originally Posted April 3rd, 2014

On April 1st 2014, 327 applicants for the Illinois Concealed Carry License were sent letters by the Illinois State Police, the timing of these letters could not have been better, April Fools!  But there is no joke, these 327 applicants aren’t laughing.  These letters are denial letters based upon improper training by unscrupulous instructors.

The following is the press release by the Illinois State Police…

327 Applicants Notified of Improper Training

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today that another firearms instructor from Bolingbrook is no longer approved to instruct Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula, and 327 applicants trained by the instructor will receive notification that their application has been denied due to improper training.

Since January, ISP has investigated numerous complaints from the public alleging that firearms instructors were improperly training and /or awarding certificates to students who had not completed the required 16 hours of training required by law.   The Firearms Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66/75) states that firearms instructors are required to teach all applicants, who are not eligible for prior training credit, a minimum of 16 hours of curriculum approved by the Illinois State Police prior to receiving an Illinois Concealed Carry License Training Certificate.

After conducting numerous interviews and reviewing records, ISP investigators have confirmed that the training was not conducted in accordance with the law, and are in the process of providing investigative findings to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“The public expects firearms instructors to provide a thorough understanding and solid foundation of the curriculum and practical training that meets all qualifications of the law,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.  “When these instructors fall short, safety is compromised and the integrity of the training process raises concerns,” he stressed.

The ISP is notifying the applicants that their training is invalid and their applications will be denied.  The applicants will have the opportunity to become re-trained without incurring the $150.00 application fee, and will be allowed to appeal the denial by submitting a written petition through the ISP’s administrative review process.

Once the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has reviewed the ISP’s investigative findings, prosecutors will work with the ISP to determine if sanctions against the firearms instructors are appropriate.

A list of more than 2700 certified firearms instructors can be found on the ISP Concealed Carry website, and any instructor who is no longer approved will be eliminated from the approved list.

These investigations remain on-going and the public is encouraged to file complaints. To date, 13 firearms instructors are no longer approved to teach Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula, and 425 applicants have been notified of the invalid training.    Beginning today, the ISP will be posting the names of the unapproved instructors on the Concealed Carry website under the firearms instructor section.

Integrity is an important part of the Concealed Carry License process and the Illinois State Police is committed to ensuring the guidelines and criteria are met under the law. The ISP strongly urges applicants to review the rules governing the firearms training requirements, ask questions and demand credentials from the certified firearms instructor they are considering.

The public can report abuses by completing the complaint form on the ISP Concealed Carry website at: http://www.isp.state.il.us/, or by calling (217) 782-7980.

The Illinois State Police has made a list of revoked instructors available to the public. One should note that not all of the instructors have been revoked for dishonesty or wrong doing. Other dis-qualifiers such as mental health issues or moving out of state will cause an instructors credentials to be revoked. To view a list of revoked instructors you may visit: https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/Public/revoked.aspx

The original Illinois State Police press release may be found here,  http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/pressdetails.cfm?ID=790

Village of Rosemont Bans Concealed Firearms on Public Streets & Sidewalks

Originally Posted April 3rd, 2014

The village of Rosemont, Illinois has banned legally armed citizens from legally concealing firearms with a license on public streets and sidewalks within the entertainment district.  This was a unanimous ordinance passed with faulty information by the village board which bans concealed carry at the MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

In one interview, mayor Stephens of Rosemont is quoted as saying,

“…state law already prohibits anyone from carrying firearms into a place of business where liquor is sold. Numerous venues within MB Park sell alcoholic beverages to the public. The recently passed ordinance, said Stephens, makes sure that no one is carrying a gun while visiting the entertainment district’s public areas such as around the outdoor plaza or on sidewalks.”

However mayor Stephens is incorrect.  According to Public Act 098-0063, The Illinois Firearm Conceal Carry Act, only businesses whose revenues are 50% of greater from alcohol are required to ban firearms on their premises.  The exact wording is as follows,

(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.

There are further provisions in the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act which may give Rosemont a hard time enforcing their new ordinance, for example,

c) A licensee shall not be in violation of this Section while he or she is traveling along a public right of way

But possibly more important than the public right of way clause is the vehicle exemption,

(a), any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm
into the parking area of a prohibited location specified in
subsection (a), (a-5), or (a-10) of this Section shall be
permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her
person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a
firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked
vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the
vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed
firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle
within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited
purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle’s

trunk,

And certainly the most important clause within the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry act that should render, eventually, the ban null and void, is the Preemption clause of the act,

Section 90. Preemption.
The regulation, licensing, possession, registration, and
transportation of handguns and ammunition for handguns by
licensees are exclusive powers and functions of the State. Any
ordinance or regulation, or portion thereof, enacted on or before the effective date of this Act that purports to impose regulations or restrictions on licensees or handguns and ammunition for handguns in a manner inconsistent with this Act shall be invalid in its application to licensees under this Act on the effective date of this Act. This Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers…

Link to Public Act 098-0063 http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/98/PDF/098-0063.pdf

Link to original news report by Journal Topics http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_c23d215a-b4f9-11e3-957a-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Concealed Firearm possibly Saved Chicago Man’s Life

Originally Posted April 6th, 2014

In the first reported incident of an Illinois Concealed Carry Licensee firing shots, a Chicago man fired shots at two armed attackers.  The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the armed attackers approached the man on his property and pointed a gun at him. The man responded by pulling his own legal firearm and fired shots in self defense. The armed attackers fled.  The Chicago Police are saying that they will not file charges on the legally armed citizen and are looking for the alleged attackers to file charges against.

Carrying a Concealed Firearm may have saved this legally armed citizen.

 

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79832002/

 

Wisconsin to Honor Illinois Concealed Carry License

Originally Posted April 7th, 2014

According to the reciprocity map as well as a letter from Glenn Rehberg at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin is now honoring Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses within its’ borders.

Further inquiry may be directed to:

Training and Standards Bureau
Wisconsin Department of Justice
17 W. Main St., PO Box 7070
Madison, WI  53707-7070

 

http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity

Permit(s) Honored In Wisconsin as of the time of posting:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wyoming

A Class Action Brewing Against Bass Pro for alleged Illinois Concealed Carry Training Violations

Originally Posted April 8th, 2014.

John Ambrose of Joliet is suing Bass Pro Shops for alleged training violations of the Illinois Concealed Carry training classes.  In early April I reported of 327 applicants being denied for training reasons.  This was in conjunction with a revoked instructor who was purposely skirting the Illinois training requirements. This instructor was allegedly using the Bass Pro Facilities for these classes, and now Jon Ambrose wants Bass Pro to pay.

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/suit-bass-pro-shop-falsely-advertised-conceal-carry-classes/