The Chicago Sun Times, like most anti-gun liberals, must have some fearsome calluses on their hands.

It’s irresponsible to have hidden guns at those locations. It would be even more irresponsible if the people with those hidden guns had zero training.

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Source: Toting hidden guns without training a danger to everyone | Chicago Sun-Times

Now mind you, none of what they predict has actually happened in any state with liberalized concealed carry laws; either those with shall-issue laws or those who ended their permit systems altogether.

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There’s little danger that Jesse Jackson, Jr., vacated congressional seat will fall to a Republican. But, Politico reports that the seat may go to pro-gun Democrat, Debbie Halvorson. The anti-gun wingnuts in the district are up in arms, if you’ll pardon the pun, over the thought of an A-rated candidate going to Congress; especially when she will work to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of her largely African American district. My guess is that they realize that firearms empower and that an empowered constituency will not stay a captive constituency.

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Lawyer and legal scholar Steven Halbrook joined NRA News’ Cam Edwards to talk about the suit filed by the NRA in Illinois

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From NRA-ILA:

NRA Files Suit Against Unconstitutional Ban on Carrying Firearms for Self-Defense in Illinois

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fairfax, Va. — The National Rifle Association is funding and supporting a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Illinois’ complete and total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home. The case, filed today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, is Shepard v. Madigan. The lead plaintiff is church treasurer Mary Shepard; joining her is the Illinois State Rifle Association, the NRA’s state affiliate.

Mary Shepard is an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in two other states. Because Illinois remains the only state that completely prohibits all law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home, Mary Shepard also became a crime victim. While working as the treasurer of her church, Mrs. Shepard and an 83-year-old co-worker were viciously attacked and beaten by a six-foot-three-inch, 245-pound man with a violent past and a criminal record. Mrs. Shepard and her co-worker were lucky to survive, as each of them suffered major injuries to the head, neck and upper body. Mrs. Shepard’s injuries required extensive surgery and physical therapy.

“Mary Shepard isn’t just a victim of the violent criminal who attacked her,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “She is also a victim of anti self-defense activists in the Illinois legislature who have consistently refused to recognize that good people have the right to protect themselves when they go about their everyday business. We’re pleased that the legislature has come closer this year than ever before to changing the law, but close isn’t good enough for Mary Shepard and the thousands of other Illinois residents who are prohibited by statute from defending themselves outside the home.”

Because Illinois statutes prohibit the right to keep and bear arms and the ability to carry handguns in Illinois, they infringe on the right of the people, including Mrs. Shepard, members of the ISRA and other law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and are thus null and void.

Cox concluded: “In its historic Heller and McDonald decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. Mary Shepard’s story highlights the need for law-abiding citizens to be able to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights. Whether through the legislature or through the courts, we won’t rest until that happens.”

The NRA has also filed or supported the following cases to preserve Second Amendment freedoms across the United States since the historic Heller and McDonald rulings, and expects to file more in the coming months:

Benson v. City of Chicago, challenging Chicago’s unconstitutionally burdensome handgun restrictions;

Heller v. District of Columbia (Heller II), challenging Washington, D.C.’s overly restrictive firearm registration requirements and ban on commonly owned rifles;

Jackson v. City of San Francisco, challenging that city’s gun storage and ammunition regulations;

Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority, challenging prohibitions on firearms ownership in Delaware public housing;

Jennings v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, challenging the federal law that prohibits law-abiding adults between the ages of 18-20 from buying handguns from licensed dealers;

NRA v. McCraw, challenging Texas’ law that bans issuance of handgun carry permits to 18-20 year old adults; and

Peruta v. City of San Diego, challenging that city’s refusal to issue handgun carry permits to law-abiding applicants.

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From NRA-ILA:

Outrage Of The Week

Friday, May 06, 2011
This week’s outrage comes to us from the Windy City, where retiring Mayor Richard Daley (D) has allegedly requested an armed bodyguard detail to protect him after he leaves office on May 16. 

According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times online story, the extremely anti-gun Daley has requested at least three around-the-clock bodyguards because he is concerned about “serious safety threats.”  As a result, the Chicago Police Department contacted the Secret Service to determine whether such security was necessary, the story reports.

We’ve often reported Mayor Daley’s anti-gun, anti-self-defense record.  His long history of relentlessly attacking and depriving Chicagoans of their Second Amendment and self-defense rights is well documented and speaks for itself.  Daley hates guns and he doesn’t want “ordinary” citizens to have them.  He thinks his “gun-free” city is plenty safe for the average citizen.  But apparently not for him, as he feels he has a right to protection that all other residents of Chicago don’t deserve.  That’s not only the height of arrogance and hypocrisy, that’s outrageous.

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Howard Nemerov reports at The PJ Tatler on the gun control ambitions of Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley (D). Rep. Quigley proposes new rules in his ?“TRACE (Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement) Act” that would drive up the cost of firearms…

TRACE requires:

  • “A second, hidden serial number on every gun”.
  • “Maintaining background check records for 60 days”, instead of the current 24 hours.
  • “gun dealers to perform inventory checks to report lost and stolen guns”.

These requirements will drive up prices by:

  • Increasing manufacturing costs.
  • Creating larger, more expensive government via additional data processing and storage.
  • Increase firearms dealers’ overhead.

Gun control benefits the wealthiest Americans, by ensuring only they can afford guns.

Gun grabbers are rarely for confiscating all firearms from everyone. They say that all they want is to keep guns out of “the wrong hands”; and by “wrong hands”, they’ve historically meant poorer, darker hands. And Rep. Quigley’s bill would continue this tradition by running up the cost of exercising one’s 2nd Amendment rights.

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