Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pretending to Loosen the Grip on the Concealed Carry Law in Illinois



 The only so-called proposed bill I do not agree with on the following list is HB 3651. I believe the training requirement for an applicant to conceal carry should be at least 24 hours (two weekends), of which at least six hours should be live-fire instruction.

Though 16 hours of firearms training is the state’s requisite requirement for concealed carry, it takes many hours of shooting practice to enhance proficiency, and it takes multiple visualizations of self-defense scenarios and real experiences to comprehend the physical and emotional ramifications of the use of deadly force in self-defense...

Carrying a firearm entails profound responsibility and the ability to act instantly under stress with self-restraint (from When I am not teaching… it’s Bang! Bang! Bang!


HB3651 (Bill Mitchell): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act and eliminates the three hours of firearms training required for renewal of a license to carry a concealed handgun. Reduces the firearms training requirement for an applicant for a new license from 16 hours to eight hours.

HB4233 (Jerry Costello): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act [and] deletes provision that prohibits a licensee from carrying a firearm on a bus, train, or form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public transportation facility paid for in whole or in part with public funds.

HB4234 (Jerry Costello): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act [and] deletes provision prohibiting a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm into a building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer's license during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special Event Retailer's license, or a Special use permit license during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special use permit license.

HB4722 (Don Moffitt): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Deletes provision prohibiting a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm into a public park.

SB2653 (Gary Forby): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act [and] deletes provision [that] prohibits [a licensee from] knowingly carrying a firearm into a public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government.

SB2654 (Gary Forby): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act [and] deletes provision that prohibits a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm into a building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home.

SB3010 (David Leuchtefeld): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act [and] provides that nothing in the prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm into any building under the control of an officer of the Executive Branch of government prohibits a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm onto the real property or building at a Department of Transportation rest area.

SB3141 (Kyle McCarter): Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act [and] deletes provision prohibiting a licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm on any real property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.


“Though the General Assembly’s agenda seems crowded with gun legislation, all of the above bills still have yet to see floor debate. Raoul and Phelps don’t expect that to change. As Raoul put it, ‘The political process plays into the negotiations and so to the extent that you go back on something that was negotiated, there’s going to be a counter force saying, ‘Well, if you’re going to take this, you have to give that.’ And that’s a slippery slope.’ And while lawmakers won’t admit it, Raoul acknowledged that many of the bills filed might have been ‘for press release purposes’ only, possibly to satisfy constituents in an election year…” (from Lawmakers Impatient to Change Concealed Carry Law by Tobias Wall).


Regarding Firearms Training:
Your firearms training curriculum should at least cover the following: Firearm Safety, Understanding Pistol Components and Operation, Loading & Firing a Pistol, Loading and firing a Pistol under Stress, Unloading/Reloading a Pistol, Fundamentals of Aiming & Firing, Proper Breathing, Pistol Maintenance, Firearm Storage, Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages, Role-playing stressful Self-Defense Scenarios, Dry-Fire & Live-Fire Practice, Home Self-Defense Strategies, Self-Defense Strategies Outside of the Home, Understanding the Defensive Use & Consequences of Deadly Force, Confronting an Intruder or Attacker, Emotional & Legal After Effects of Shooting an Assailant, Understanding State & Federal Laws Governing the Carry & Use of Firearms.

Some of this information is from NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting & NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection in the Home, blog.Beretta.com.


3 comments:

  1. In my humble opinion, our country has gone over the deep end. We did just fine--in fact much better--without weapons. The argument that we have a right to defend ourselves against a wayward government is ridiculous--insane. All the guns and automatic weapons in the world would not stop a government, our government, from putting down a revolution if they chose to. I know the argument that the "bad guys" get guns on the black market so we need to be able to defend ourselves, but the thought of having a concealed carry on my person, in every person's coat pocket just shows how low we[ve gone. You can tie it all up to right-wing insanity, a do-nothing Democratic party who cares as much about profits as the so-called Republicans, an dumbed-down education system that these same people are destroying as well as our environment, colleges, tuitions and loans made unaffordable, the determination to end all social programs, --absolutely everything. Only, we, the people can get involved and push back against our politicians. No one will do it for us.

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  2. Sharon it is nice to see that you exhibited your First Amendment right to free speech, it appears that you have some knowledge of the US Constitution. Can you guess what the Second Amendment is? In case you overlooked it, Amendment II

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    The Second Amendment was placed to fend off the aspects of a tyrannical government. You should probably understand a little about firearms before spouting off. First, automatic weapons, those that continue to fire when you pull the trigger are illegal in the US unless you have a special license granted by the BATFE. Now of course we all know that criminals follow the law and do not have these such weapons because they are illegal. It is not the wayward government I worry about as much as I do about the maniacs out there when the governmnet crashes. If an individual broke into your house to steal your food or sexually assault you or your child, how long do you think it would be before the police arrived. Minutes to several minutes. An assailant can kill or conduct bodily harm in seconds. So, do not infringe on my Rights given to me, so I can protect myself and family from the "bad guys". BTW, I am a retired public servant in LE and FD.

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  3. From an earlier post of mine (September 14, 2011):

    ...The 2nd amendment – established in 1791 – has been debated and re-interpreted quite often. The question disputed about gun control is whether it is a collective or individual right to own a weapon.

    According to Silveira v. Lockyer (2002), a federal appeals court in California ruled that the 2nd Amendment does not protect individuals' right to possess firearms but does protect states' rights to protect themselves. (This case was essentially a ban on assault weapons). In a subsequent court case, District of Columbia v. Heller (2007), the federal appeals court ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting handguns violated the individual’s right to possess firearms under the 2nd amendment. The Supreme Court granted certiorari (a writ issued by a higher court to obtain records on a case from a lower court so that the case can be reviewed), nevertheless.

    So what rights does the 2nd amendment protect? According to Supreme Court Justice Joseph Scalia, the 2nd amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm “unconnected with service in a militia” and to use that weapon for traditionally “lawful purposes,” such as self-defense within the home.

    I can imagine that many people believe that their right to "keep and bear arms" is a sure-fire method for impeding immediate bodily harm and robbery. However, the problem is that Weapons of "Individual" Destruction (WID) and their facile availability are also in the hands of felons and the mentally impaired (the borderline deficient, morons, imbeciles, and idiots); the substance-induced (alcoholics and drug addicts); the schizophrenic, psychotic, paranoid, delusional, depressive, anti-social, and other disturbed personalities. There's nothing you or I can do to change the depraved genetic pre-dispositions, or the unfortunate environmental influences of mentally-ill people, especially those who are armed with WIDs.

    Thus, I am going to view the 2nd amendment's declaration that “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” as a guaranteed right of the State as well as an assured right of an individual.

    Moreover, although I agree with “gun control legislation [that mandates] prohibitions on concealed weapons and possession of firearms by felons and the mentally-deranged, and laws imposing conditions and qualifications on a [specific] commercial sale of arms…” (District of Columbia v. Heller – Case Brief Summary), gun control legislation will not deter the everyday robber or the potentially-deranged terrorist from obtaining illegal weapons, despite the government's feeble attempt to require states to automate a list of past felons and other mentally-disturbed individuals in the federal database (after the carnage at Virginia Tech). Why? It is impossible to predict who will become the next assassin.

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