Thursday, April 11, 2013
Gov. Quinn is looking for ways to tighten Illinois' impending conceal carry law, the Chicago Tribune reported this week.
Gov. Pat Quinn said earlier this week he thinks Illinois communities should be able to exert some local control when it comes to a state conceal carry gun law, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. The state is working to create a concealed carry law by the June 9 deadline. A federal court ruled late last year that Illinois’ ban on conceal carry was unconstitutional. "I am not excited about this at all," the Tribune reported Quinn as saying. "If this has to happen, it has to have the proper restrictions and limitations... I think we should make sure it's very tight and I think local communities, wherever they are, should have the option to make it as tight as possible in their community." Quinn also has stated his opposition to …
Monday, March 11, 2013
River Forest police found the gun following a traffic stop Saturday.
An Oak Park teen was picked up on weapons charges Saturday after River Forest police found a loaded gun in his car during a traffic stop. Jerrmon S. Davis, 18, of the 200 block of N. Grove in Oak Park, was stopped by police following a traffic violation in the 7900 block of Central in River Forest. Police discovered Davis was driving on a suspended license, and later found a silver .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun under the driver's floor boardmat. The gun had six live rounds of ammunition. Davis was charged with three counts of unlawful use weapon, including failure to possess a valid FOID card, carrying a concealed and loaded weapon in a car and possessing it while under the age of 21. He was also charged with driving with a …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
On Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, the state will stage public hearings to discuss a new concealed carry handgun law for Illinois.
Gun control hearings will convene before an Illinois House committee later this month, says Speaker Mike Madigan, and there will be much talk about a new concealed carry law. One hearing will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The other will be in Springfield on Feb. 19 at the Capitol. “In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it’s appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," reads a statement from Madigan. "These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun-safety advocates, gun-rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
No determination of when the 10-judge panel will decide whether to look at last year's decision.
Illinois' attorney general Lisa Madigan has asked the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a December ruling that overturned the state's ban on the concealed carry of handguns in public. The Chicago Tribune reports that the move is aimed at challenging the decision by a three-judge panel of the court, which ruled 2-1 that the state's longtime ban violated the Second Amendment. If the court accepts the petition, the case would be reviewed by all 10 appellate judges. If the court rejects the petition, Madigan would have to decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. "In ruling that Illinois must allow individuals to carry ready-to-use firearms in public, the 7th Circuit Court’s decision goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
State will now have 180 days to craft a new law to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons.
Illinois' status as the last state to have a ban on carrying concealed weapons has just been thrown out by a federal appeals court. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave the General Assembly 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. The full opinion is included as a PDF. "The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside," wrote Judge Richard Posner in today's majority opinion. "The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense." The law needs to "impose reasonable …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A quick of some of the latest political news.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A number of state representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of a bill that would legalize the concealed carry of firearms in Illinois, the last state in the nation where some form of carry, concealed or open, is not legal. House Bill 5745 would allow sheriffs in the state’s 102 counties to issue concealed-carry permits, the Illinois Statehouse News has reported. People wanting a permit would have to pay a $65 fee and complete firearms training. No one with a criminal record would be given a permit. To approve this bill would require 71 votes in the House, instead of a simple majority of 60 votes. Because lawmakers decided that a statewide concealed-carry law would pre-empt local laws, the bill would require three-fifths of the chamber …