Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Right to Bear Arms in Illinois: Michael Moore v. Lisa Madigan


“…Michael Moore believed he should be allowed to carry a concealed gun after his job no longer required him to do so. A retired corrections officer and former sheriff’s deputy in Illinois, Moore said he wanted to have his gun with him should he cross paths with convicted criminals who spent time in jail under his watch.  

“But he couldn’t in Illinois, which at the time was the last state in the country to ban carrying concealed guns in public. So Moore reached out to Alan Gura, the Virginia-based attorney who represented Alan Kachalsky. Gura filed a lawsuit on Moore’s behalf against the state’s attorney general.

“Like the Kachalsky case in the 2nd Circuit before it, lawyers for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan presented studies in court to demonstrate a connection between laws limiting access to guns and decreased rates of violent crime. Judges found this evidence to be unclear, ruling that the state failed to justify its ban on concealed weapons.

“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,’ Judge Richard Posner wrote in a 2-1 majority decision. ‘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 court ordered the Illinois Legislature to ‘impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public.’ It did in 2013, making the Illinois the final state to allow carrying a concealed gun…”  


For the complete article, click here: The right to bear arms in public: How courts have ruled so far by Matt Drange & Abbie VanSickle

Commentary: 

Law-abiding citizens who are properly trained* in the use of firearms can help deter a potential crime in their homes and perhaps in their communities; moreover, general public safety might in fact improve with a well-trained armed citizenry. The right to bear arms is a pre-emption for crime. Gun control laws do not reduce crimes. Instead, they deprive law-abiding citizens of a means for contingent crucial protection until the police arrive too late.


*Proper firearms training should include 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.
 
 
Illinois Concealed Carry License as of June 30, 2015:
  • Total ICCL holders in Illinois: 120,047
  • Total FOID card holders: 1,891,078
  • Women make up 16.5% of the ICCL holders (Illinois State Rifle Association).

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