Big fight over gun laws in Illinois

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has this article. It looks like there will finally be a big fight over concealed carry in Illinois.

Springfield is headed toward a political showdown over guns, with both sides loading up like they haven't in years.

The gun owners lobby is close to getting a floor debate in the Legislature on its pinnacle goal of allowing residents to carry concealed handguns in Illinois, which is one of just two states that still outlaw it. (Wisconsin is the other.)

"It's heating up. We think we're close," said Todd Vandermyde, a National Rifle Association lobbyist who has pushed the concealed-carry proposal in Springfield before. "You've got 48 states that have this. That's a statement."

Gun control advocates are firing back with bills to create new restrictions on the sale and transfer of those guns, while trying to stop the concealed-carry movement. . . . .

Thanks to Anthony Troglio for the link.

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Blogger David said...

I live in Illinois, this will be a battle!

But, with Heller fresh in everyone's' mind, it will be an interesting one.

Illinois Hunter Blog Article

3/02/2009 12:53 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

"'I don't know how anyone can think this (concealed-carry proposal) is something that would enhance safety in Illinois,' said Madigan spokesman Steve Brown."

Markie Marxist sez: "Steve Brown is right! I don't know how anyone can think this is something that would enhance safety in Illinois because it would make life very unsafe for our Marxist/warrior/hero/criminals. How are they supposed to feel free to rip off capitalism and bring down America if they run the risk of being shot by their intended victims? That just doesn't make any sense!"

3/02/2009 1:18 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

"'There's certainly a lot more noise about it … (based on) their sense that the Supreme Court's decision has maybe helped their efforts a little bit,' said Tom Mannard, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, which is trying to stop the NRA measure. 'But frankly, I don't think it really is relevant to a lot of what they're discussing' with the concealed-carry legislation."

Markie Marxist sez: "Absolutely! The Second Amendment is completely irrelevant! The right to keep and bear arms has nothing to do with carrying a gun! They’re somehow completely unrelated! We just haven’t figured out how yet.”

3/02/2009 1:25 PM  
Blogger TooMuchTime said...

I don't know the answer to this question but how long did it take before all 50 states were pressured into passing pro-abortion laws after the Roe v Wade decision "found a right" to abortion in the Constitution?

So now Wisconsin and Illinois are dragging their feet after the SCOTUS ruled on something that IS in the Constitution; i.e., the Heller decision concerning the 2nd Amendment.

So let's see, for the liberals, when there's nothing stated in the Constitution, it means there is a right. When something can be found in the Constitution (in the Bill of Rights no less!), then there is no right.

Perfect socialist sense.

3/02/2009 6:34 PM  

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