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Illinois Gun Owners March on Capitol for Concealed Carry
gunsandammo.com ^ | 8 March, 2013 | Dylan Polk & Brock Norman

Posted on 03/09/2013 6:07:19 PM PST by marktwain

Illinois gun owners have gotten the shaft for far too long.

The Land of Lincoln has long been known as the last state where concealed carry is not allowed, and although that may soon change, it wouldn’t be surprising to see state legislators shuffling their feet.

Even though the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals deemed the concealed carry ban unconstitutional, the Illinois House of Representatives continues to push anti-gun legislation. In fact, one bill proposing a ban on semi-automatic firearms was approved by the House just this week.

On Wednesday, gun owners from across the state gathered in Springfield, Ill., for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day to make sure their voices were heard loud and clear. Sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association, thousands of gun owners braved the cold weather and flooded the streets as they marched to the State Capitol, demanding Illinois residents—regardless of whether they live in Chicago or downstate—be granted the same Second Amendment rights guaranteed to the rest of the United States.

The mood was calm and civil, but it was apparent this was a crowd that was sick of being held down by seemingly disconnected lawmakers.

“All of my life, I was a shooter,” said gun activist and Springfield resident Tom Shafer, who led the crowd in a series of chants as they made their way to the Capitol. “The government—except for the Vietnam draft—never put a gun in my hand, never assisted me in being a shooter, never assisted me in being a marksman, never helped me defend my home. Far-away, far-off, outgunned, undermanned police, they never helped me a bit; I did it all on my own. And now for a government to try to say 30 rounds is too many?”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; guncontrol; il; march; secondamendment
If you have a connection that can handle video, the video is worth watching. This march should have been national news.
1 posted on 03/09/2013 6:07:19 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I’d rather openly carry.


2 posted on 03/09/2013 6:10:35 PM PST by onedoug
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To: marktwain
This march should have been national news.
I'm sure it was very closely watched and analyzed by cops high in Illinois and Chicago politics, and probably even some in national Democratic [sic] party headquarters.

If there's one thing tyrants and wannabe tyrants fear, it's citizens who refuse to be reduced to serfdom.

3 posted on 03/09/2013 6:12:26 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: marktwain
Even though the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals deemed the concealed carry ban unconstitutional, the Illinois House of Representatives continues to push anti-gun legislation.

While some or much of IL may see CCW, don't look to see CCW in Chicago any time soon. Before the Heller ruling, it was impossible to buy a handgun. After Heller, it is now only nearly impossible.

Trust me, Chicago will thumb their noses at any court ruling.

4 posted on 03/09/2013 6:16:37 PM PST by umgud
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To: marktwain

Where is the video?


5 posted on 03/09/2013 6:23:05 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

On my system it shows right after the fourth paragraph, the one that ends in “to the rest of the United States.”

It is just under two minutes.


6 posted on 03/09/2013 6:26:16 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: umgud

And Chicagoans will continue to thumb their noses at Chicago.


7 posted on 03/09/2013 7:01:04 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: marktwain

Hmmmm? Just a blank paragraph space for me. Using Firefox.


8 posted on 03/09/2013 7:11:02 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I am using firefox also. It took a minute or so to show up for me.


9 posted on 03/09/2013 7:22:47 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Interesting - our military and veterans of all ages are the most level-headed, rational people in the nation.


10 posted on 03/09/2013 7:29:01 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

above post meant for the one above.


11 posted on 03/09/2013 7:30:53 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

above post meant for the one above.


12 posted on 03/09/2013 7:31:29 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: umgud

While some or much of IL may see CCW, don’t look to see CCW in Chicago any time soon. Before the Heller ruling, it was impossible to buy a handgun. After Heller, it is now only nearly impossible.

Trust me, Chicago will thumb their noses at any court ruling

the gangs already have concealed carry. if ccw is passed in illinois they will make it so difficult to get a permit it won’t be worth trying to get one.


13 posted on 03/09/2013 7:34:43 PM PST by 1st Division guy
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To: elpadre

The military is the last stand of all that is good in America,

Notice how Feinstein says they are all incapable of having protective firearms because they might be nuts.

It’s a full scale political assault and it will fail. Folks need to get engaged and start now.


14 posted on 03/09/2013 7:36:06 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: marktwain
What needs to be done is 1 million p.o.’ed IL citizens march on Springfield and introduce a whole bunch of political slime to term limits: tree, rope, assembly required, repeat. Applies to all three branches of state government plus all state agencies. Next stop, Chicago.
15 posted on 03/09/2013 8:32:26 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

Maybe there is hope for Illinois after all.


16 posted on 03/09/2013 8:57:19 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: MasterGunner01

How about taking it a step further. Gun owners in ALL 50 states march on their capitols all in one day OR march in Washington, DC. Can you imagine 10,000,000 gun owners in DC at the same time. Boy talk about sending a clear message...


17 posted on 03/09/2013 9:00:34 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001
There are more of us than there are of those perfumed prince a**holes. Molon Labe.
18 posted on 03/09/2013 9:02:14 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: elpadre

> Interesting - our military and veterans of all ages are the most level-headed, rational people in the nation.

I agree wholeheartedly. That includes police officers and other first responders. I think it has to do with the very character of the type person who chooses to serve his country. Just about all of them I’ve ever known were raised in a Godly environment with good parents and are stable and hardworking people whose character is continuously refined via trial by fire.


19 posted on 03/09/2013 9:05:09 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: onedoug
I’d rather openly carry.

If I read what Governor Bryant signed correctly, we will be able to do just that in MS next July. Kind of ironic that it will be mainly CCW folks who can open-carry in a Constitutional Open Carry State, but judges have messed it up by putting case law into the records that says a holster, at least in part, conceals the weapon which means a CCW is required to have a gun openly on your hip. It looks like the Governor decided that for MS, a Holster will be considered a device that CONCEALS the weapon which makes it OK to carry even if part of the weapon is visible. Not perfect, but a good move.

20 posted on 03/10/2013 5:38:53 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: marktwain

This is on another blog about Cook County gun stings.

BEWARE OF THE COOK COUNTY SHERIFF

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_8_23/519611_BEWARE_OF_THE_COOK_COUNRY_SHERIFF_The_Games_Have_Begun.html


21 posted on 03/10/2013 6:40:05 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: trebb

If I read the Mississippi law correctly, you will not need a permit to open carry.

Part of what the recent reform did was to remove the language about “concealed in whole or in part”.

Open carry has always been constitutionaly protected in Mississippi.

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2013/03/concealed-and-open-carry-in-mississippi.html


22 posted on 03/10/2013 7:22:36 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Thanks for the link to the Gun Watch article - until then I had only seen the blurbs in the paper about the signing, but not the law or another interpretation. They made it unclear and I was under the impression that the open carry bit was still being distorted rather than it straightening out the whole shebang.

Thanks for all the posts you make about the topic.


23 posted on 03/10/2013 11:02:45 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: eyedigress

What about all her vaunted homosexuals who’ve served, unmentioned or openly? Are they crazy like a veteran too?


24 posted on 03/10/2013 1:25:01 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug
Don't try to make sense of it. Attack gun ownership and attack the military while your at it.

Fascism cannot survive with an armed populace.

This land is their land, It is not our land,
From California to the Gulf Stream Islands,

You get the idea.

New Amsterdam has been lost for years

25 posted on 03/10/2013 1:44:16 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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