Just across the river in Illinois, that state’s best chance at legalized defensive handgun carry in, well . . . ever, could come up for a vote any day now. HB 148, the “Family and Personal Protection Act,” could, according to the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and IllinoisCarry.com (an online forum dedicated to gun rights, particularly defensive handgun carry, in Illinois), come up for a House vote any day, after the House returns from break tomorrow.
Illinois state representatives return to Springfield Tuesday, April 26 and many believe a vote on Right to Carry bill HB148 is imminent. It is urgent that you call your state representative and firmly but politely ask them to support your right to protect yourself and your family. Urge them to vote YES on HB148.
Every single vote will be critical for passage of the bill and it is common knowledge that legislators in the northeast portion of the state tend to oppose this legislation. If you live in the northeast part of the state, this call to action is especially important. If you have family or friends living in that area, please call them and urge them to contact their legislator.
Need help finding your state representative?
Go to Illinois State Board of Elections or call 217-782-2000
That Illinois, of all states, might finally join the vast majority of states in recognizing citizens’ right to an effective means of self-defense, even when not at home, has “gun control” groups in something of a panic. “Losing” the stronghold of draconian gun laws that Illinois has long been recognized as would demonstrate just how impotent the “gun control” movement has become.
The Brady Campaign, for example, is so desperate to kill HB 148 that they’re trying to drum up hysteria about mental health background checks (despite those concerns being demonstrably foolish). Oddly, though, the Brady Campaign apparently didn’t get the word to their staffer, Colin “The Alchemist” Goddard, who as blogger Thirdpower points out, claims to support a national standard for concealed carry based on the standard of Texas law, despite his group’s opposition to HB 148, with its far stricter requirements.
National Gun Rights Examiner Dan notes another aspect of the desperate campaign to stop HB 148–the media’s willful mischaracterization of law enforcement’s attitude about the bill.
Recently, by the way, we learned that the Cook County Board voted, not surprisingly, to oppose HB 148. That’s not to say, though, that there were no surprises at all to be had. From the Daily Herald:
The Cook County Board went on record opposing a state bill that would allow permits for concealed weapons, but only over the objections of three suburban commissioners.
Commissioners Timothy Schneider of Bartlett, Gregg Goslin of Glenview and Elizabeth “Liz” Gorman of Orland Park, all Republicans, joined Chicago Democrat William Beavers in voting against the county’s resolution.
William Beavers voted against a resolution condemning defensive handgun carry in Illinois? This William Beavers? Then again, he once stood up for Chicagoans’ right to own handguns, and even noted the racial injustice inherent to Chicago’s former handgun ban.
Commissioner Beavers has hardly been a reliable staunch ally to gun owners in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois as a whole, but he sometimes gets it right. This is one of those times.
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