Monday, June 30, 2014

Illinois Gun News

Another Chicago Gun Control Activist Arrested, This Time for Rape

JUNE 29 2014
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The gun control camp seems to be a lot less law abiding than the pro-gun activists based on stories over the last couple of years.

In the most recent transgression from anti-gun activists, a member of Ceasefire, an anti-gun group in Chicago, has been arrested – for rape.

According to the Chicago Sun Times,

On the streets, Richard Hernandez was supposed to stop violence as an “interrupter” in the celebrated CeaseFire program.

But Chicago cops have another name for him: rapist.

Hernandez faces 36 counts charging him with sexually assaulting and kidnapping a teenage girl while he worked for the program, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. He’s among at least nine employees of the anti-violence program to face serious criminal charges in recent years.

Hernandez, 46, started as a temporary worker in December 2010 before becoming a $16-an-hour “violence interrupter” in May 2013, records show. The program is affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Police in Chicago have apparently already had suspicions that the Ceasefire program was being used to by criminals to prevent crimes. Also from the Sun Times,

Police have long been suspicious about whether CeaseFire provides a cover for employees to commit crimes. They point to CeaseFire worker Sylvester Hudson, who was charged last year with selling heroin to a federal informant outside CeaseFire’s headquarters at UIC.

Another CeaseFire employee was sentenced to Cook County boot camp in 2011 for possession of a machine gun/automatic weapon, records show. Since 2010, five other CeaseFire employees have been sentenced to federal prison — and a sixth was sentenced to probation — in drug cases.

We’ve also seen other anti-gun activists face arrest in recent months. Dwayne Ferguson, a leader in the anti-violence organization Mad Dads, was arrested for, what else, bringing a gun into a school.

Most famously, California State Senator Leland Yee, who has authored and supported numerous gun control bills in California was indicted on federal gun trafficking charges earlier this year. The anti-gun senator was found to be trafficking illegal weapons to organized crime figures.

Gun Facts

Physicians vs. Gun Owners


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The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.

Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.

Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171. (Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health &Human Services)

Now think about this:

Gun Owners

The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.

The number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) is1,500.

The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000188.

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, “Guns don’t kill people, doctors do”

Fact: Not everyone has a gun, but almost everyone has at least one doctor.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!

Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Firearm News

Beginning in September, Google plans to block firearm, ammunition, and gun accessory ads.

According to Google Support's "Dangerous Products or Services" page, the company "[wants] to keep people safe both online and offline, so [they] won't allow the promotion of some products or services that cause damage, harm, or injury."

Included in the dangerous products for which ads will be blocked are "Guns & Parts." This covers "functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat."

Also included is a ban on ads for "any part or component that's necessary to the function of a gun or intended for attachment to a gun." This covers "gun scopes, ammunition, ammunition clips or belts."

The ban will also halt ads for "dangerous knives... throwing stars, brass knuckles, [and] crossbows," among other things.

Google Support says the ads that will be banned "are subject to change." 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Conceal Carry Educational Article

Gun-toting women look for best places to conceal pistols

Jason Wheeler, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

ARGYLE, Texas — Women have about a quarter of the concealed carry handgun licenses in Texas, but unlike men, they often face a problem of where to conceal.

A purse is an obvious choice, but a gun isn't always easily accessible in a pocketbook. And traditional holsters are less than ideal.

WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
A woman with a concealed handgun license learns about female-friendly ways to carry a weapon, in this case with a corset holster.

"Most holsters have been built for men's bodies," firearms instructor Karla Pohl said. "Women are built differently, and we dress differently."

That has led to garter, ankle, waist-cincher and bra holsters.

"It's kind of a natural location depending on the size of the gun and the size of the 'guns,' " Carrie Lightfoot, owner of The Well Armed Woman, said of the bra holsters. 

"Women just need options because one day a woman is wearing a dress, the next day a suit and the next day exercise clothing."

But having a different holster for each outfit creates its own challenges.
"Each position will require a different draw because in the heat of the moment you can't say, 'Hold on a second. I don't know how to draw from this thing. I have to learn now.' It just doesn't work that way," Lightfoot said.

So practice is important, not just practice shooting but practice drawing and shooting from each of holster a woman might have so the entire action will be natural when it's needed, she said. That's why dozens of women came to Quail Creek Shooting Range here in Argyle, about 25 miles north of Fort Worth.

In Texas, the number of women issued concealed carry permits almost doubled last year from the year before; 67,000 qualified in 2013, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. Elsewhere, more women also want to pack heat:

• In Florida, women were 22% of concealed weapon license holders as of May 31, up from 15% in 2004, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

• In Illinois, almost 12% of the 7,500 concealed carry applications filed with the state have been from women, according to WGN-TV, Chicago. State law began to allow the permits July 1.

• In Tennessee, women had been issued more than 30% of almost 193,000 handgun-carry permits in effect at the end of 2013, according to the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security.

• In Washington state, 100,000 of 451,000 concealed-carry permit holders are women, about 22%, according to the Seattle Times.

All states allow concealed-carry permits though requirements for eligibility vary, according to federal Government Accountability Office. Only the District of Columbia prohibits civilians from carrying a firearm.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Firearm News

Handgun sales are hot, likely triggered by recent news coverage of the Santa Barbara massacre and the Seattle college rampage.

"Every time there's a mass shooting, it calls to attention people's need to get some sort of personal protection strategy and, maybe get a firearm," says Dave Newman, Owner/Instructor at Concealed Carry NOLA.

Concealed Carry NOLA is a group of three NRA-certified pistol instructors registered with the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Unit, licensed and insured to instruct citizens in defensive shooting techniques.
Newman says people get more concerned about both personal safety and the right to bear arms every time there's major incident. It happened after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012.

"I think part of it is that they come to the realization that a lot can happen before the police get there," Newman says. "It's no knock on the police, but you're on your own until they actually get there, no matter how fast you dial 911."
The gun boom is being seen, primarily in compact pistols for self-defense.

"They're easier to conceal," says Newman. "They're lighter weight, so they tend to carry them more than if they were a heavier gun or a larger gun."
Smith & Wesson's handgun sales jumped by nearly a third at the end of last year, and Colt Manufacturing sold twelve times as many handguns early this year as it did in 2013. Colt is now moving to boost its handgun production by 50 percent.

That doesn't surprise Newman.

"I've noticed over the last few years, we've had an increase in the production of handgun caliber cartridges for those guns, trying to keep up with the demand. People have had a hard time finding the ammunition in stores, so they increased the production of that and now they're increasing the production of the handguns themselves."
Sales of compact pistols are growing at double the rate of handguns overall.

"Most attacks happen really close, so you don't really need a gun with a really long barrel," Newman says. "The longer the barrel, though, the greater the accuracy at a distance."

"But, eighty-five percent of attacks are happening within fifteen feet. So, a short barrel works and, uh, it does the job."

However, he says it's the job of a gun owner, and any potential gun buyer to be properly trained.

 "A lot of people think they're ready just because they have a nice, tight grip. When you're under stress things kind of go out the window. So you need to get a little more training, you need to practice under stress. Instructors can help you do that."

Newman says safety should always be a gun owner's main priority.
"Child access prevention is very important. People buy guns and they put them in odd places...just in the top drawer or up high in a closet, thinking their kids can't get to it. But, that's not true. They see mommy and daddy do things and they copy everything you do. So, as a gun owner, you're main job is to make sure nobody else gets a hold of that gun unless they're supposed to. And that should only be you or your significant other, if they have the proper training."

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Concealed Carry News

Missouri training teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom
Published June 22, 2014

Some Missouri school districts have decided the best way to thwart a massacre like the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 is to train teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom.
The company’s founder, Greg Martin, told the Star only school district administrators and local law enforcement will know the identity of the teachers trained to pack heat.

“Like air marshals on planes,” Martin told the newspaper. “How many hijackings have we had since 9/11?”
Ten Missouri school districts have signed up for Shield Solutions training; three more have signed contracts.

Warsaw School District administrators said they were prompted to act after Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.
But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea to arm teachers.

“We would be asking school officials, trained as educators, to make a quick transition from teacher to SWAT member, arrive on the scene, assess the situation, overcome the severe nervousness that naturally accompanies a deadly force incident and take immediate action before blood is shed,” G.A. Buie, a Kansas high school principal and the president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, told the Star.

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This news story occurs every weekend across Chicago...

3 dead, 14 hurt in shootings across Chicago since Friday night

6/22/14, 8:20 AM
Three people are dead -- including a 15-year-old boy -- and at least 14 other people have been injured in shootings across Chicago since Friday night.

A man was found shot to death early Sunday in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side.
The 23-year-old was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at 3:05 a.m. in the 7200 block of South Wentworth Avenue, police said.

The man, who lived in the 100 block of West 126th Street, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:24 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His name was withheld early Sunday pending family notification.
About 10 p.m. Saturday, one teenage boy was killed one block from his home and another boy was wounded in a Roseland neighborhood shooting on the Far South Side.

The two boys, ages 15 and 16, were shot while they standing on a corner in the 100 block of West 109th Street, when a vehicle pulled up, and several people got out and opened fire, police said.

The 15-year-old, of the 100 block of West 110th Street, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:25 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. His name was withheld early Sunday pending notification of his family.

The 16-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder and taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was listed in “stable” condition, police said.
The first fatal shooting of the weekend happened Saturday afternoon in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Taurus Williams, 23, was near the intersection of 111th Street and South Homewood Avenue at 4:44 p.m. when he was shot in the chest, authorities said.
Two groups of people were at the location when shots were heard, police said. People ran in different directions and the man was left on the ground.
Williams, of the 300 block of West 100th Street, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m., authorities said.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 1 a.m. Sunday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

A 14-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the foot about 1 a.m. near 115th Street and Parnell Avenue, police said. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was listed in “stable” condition. Police said the boy is being uncooperative with authorities.
About 10:35 p.m. Saturday, a 55-year-old man was wounded in a Grand Boulevard neighborhood shooting on the South Side.

The man was shot multiple times in what police said might have been a drive-by attack in the 300 block of West 42nd Street. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood, a 20-year-old man was shot in the face in the 4700 block of North Avers Avenue in another possible drive-by attack. He was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in “stable” condition, police said.

About an hour earlier, a man was shot during an armed robbery at a store in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The store clerk, a 25-year-old man, was shot about 5:35 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Kedzie Avenue, police said. The shooter took cash from the store and left, police said. The clerk was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition with a gunshot wound to his leg, police said.

At least nine other people have been wounded in eight separate shootings on the South and West sides since 10:20 p.m. Friday. The people hurt in those incidents were listed in good or “stable” condition, according to police.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Firearm Safety Article

Firearm Safety Guide
Basic firearms safety awareness is an absolute necessity for any prepper. Before you chamber the first round, take a safety class at your local gun range that’s instructed by Certified NRA Instructors. Regardless of the disaster you’re facing basic firearms safety is must always be applied. Note: if you’ve been diagnosed with manic depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and etc., gun ownership is not for you. There are three rules for basic firearm safety that are used at all times when handling a firearm:
Keep your gun barrel downrange and in a safe direction
Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Commit the following safety guidelines to memory:
Know where each bullet is going
Keep your gun clean and ready to fire safely and in working condition.
Know your gun and its operation.
Always use the correct ammunition for your gun.
Wear hearing and eye protection as appropriate.
Never be under the influence of narcotics or alcohol when operating and handling a gun.
Secure guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
Firearm Safety Guide – Gun Type and Action
The two basic types of firearms are pistols (handguns) and long guns. The most common types of pistols in use today are revolvers and semi-automatics. The most common types of long guns are rifles and shotguns.
To understand how a firearm works, it is first necessary to understand the firearm’s action. The action is a group of moving parts used to load, fire, and unload a gun. A gun is usually identified by its type of action. Various gun actions and unloading techniques are described in this brochure. When unloading a gun, always eject the cartridges into your hand or onto a soft, clean surface.
Long Guns
A typical bolt-action long gun is shown here with the names of some of its parts. Various types of long gun actions are shown throughout this guide.
Firearm Safety Guide – Magazines
Some long guns use a ‘mag’ or a magazine. A magazine is a storage device designed to hold cartridges ready for insertion into the firing chamber. The location of the magazine may vary depending upon the action, model, and make of the gun. Various types of magazines also exist. Two of these magazine types are described below.
A box magazine is usually found in the location shown here. Some box magazines are detachable and can be removed by depressing a button, latch, or similar release device. Other types of box magazines are not detachable. Some have a hinged floor-plate, and are unloaded by pressing a release device that allows the floor-plate to open and the cartridges to drop out of the magazine. Other types of non-detachable magazines do not have a releasable floorplate, and the cartridges are usually ejected by carefully opening and partially closing the action.
A tubular magazine is usually found in one of the locations shown here. Some tubular magazines have an inside tube which must be removed in order to let cartridges drop out of the magazine. The action must also be opened and partially closed several times in order to be sure that no cartridges are left in the magazine. Other types of tubular magazines do not have a removable inside tube, and the cartridges are usually removed by carefully operating the action of the gun. Because a cartridge can become stuck in a magazine tube, the gun may still contain a cartridge after the above steps have been taken. Therefore, leave the action open to prevent a cartridge from being moved into the chamber.
Firearm Safety Guide – Bolt Action
Bolt actions are opened using a lift and pull motion similar to that used to open a door bolt or gate bolt.
To Unload:
If the gun has a detachable box magazine, remove it. If the magazine is tubular or non-detachable, see “Magazines” above.
Open and partially close the action several times by operating the bolt to be sure that all cartridges are ejected.
Inspect the chamber (plus the action and any tubular or non-detachable magazine) to be sure that the gun is empty.
Firearm Safety Guide – Lever Action
Lever actions are opened by pulling the lever down and away from the stock, and are closed by returning the lever to its original position. Most lever-action guns have tubular magazines, but some models may use box-type magazines.
To Unload:
If the gun has a detachable box magazine, remove it. If the magazine is tubular or non-detachable, see “Magazines” above.
Open and partially close the action several times by operating the lever to be sure that all cartridges are ejected.
Inspect the chamber (plus the action and any tubular or non-detachable magazine) to be sure that the gun is empty.
Firearm Safety Guide – Pump Action
Pump actions are operated with a pumping motion. The action is opened by pulling the fore-end of the gun to the rear, and closed by pushing the fore-end back to its original position. Some pump-action guns have tubular magazines, while other models use box-type magazines.
To Unload:
If the gun has a detachable box magazine, remove it. If the magazine is tubular or non-detachable, see “Magazines” above.
Open and partially close the action several times by pumping the fore-end to be sure that all cartridges are ejected.
Inspect the chamber (plus the action and any tubular or non-detachable magazine) to be sure that the gun is empty.
Firearm Safety Guide – Semi-Automatic Action
Semi-automatic actions are opened by pulling the bolt handle straight to the rear. Some semi-automatics have tubular magazines, while other models use box-type magazines.
To Unload:
If the gun has a detachable box magazine, remove it. If the magazine is tubular or non-detachable, see “Magazines” above.
Open and partially close the action several times by pulling the bolt handle to the rear to be sure that all cartridges are ejected.
Inspect the chamber (plus the action and any tubular or non-detachable magazine) to be sure that the gun is empty.
Firearm Safety Guide – Hinge Action
Hinge actions are opened by moving a release lever to one side, and then moving the hinged barrel(s) downward. Hinge-action guns do not have magazines.
To Unload:
Activate the release lever and move the hinged barrel(s) downward.
Opening the action may cause the cartridges to be ejected from the firing chamber(s). If the cartridges are not ejected, remove them from the chamber(s) with your fingers.
Inspect the chamber(s) carefully to be sure that the gun is empty.
Firearm Safety Guide – Revolvers
A revolver is a pistol with a revolving cylinder that holds cartridges in individual chambers. Each time the hammer moves to the rear, the cylinder turns and brings a chamber in line with the barrel and the firing pin. When the hammer falls, it causes the firing pin to strike and fire the cartridge. In single-action revolvers, the trigger performs only one action — releasing the hammer. The trigger does not cock the hammer. The hammer must be cocked with the thumb, and will stay in a cocked position until it is released by pulling the trigger. In a double-action revolver, the trigger performs two tasks. When it is pulled, it will cock and release the hammer. Most double-action revolvers can also be fired in a single-action mode by manually cocking the hammer with the thumb.
To Unload Single Actions:
Hold pistol in left hand by cupping hand so that the trigger guard is in the palm of the hand with the left thumb on the left side of the cylinder, and the index and middle fingers on the right side of the cylinder.
With your right thumb, open the loading gate. (*If the cylinder now turns freely, proceed to step 4.)
Use the right thumb to pull the hammer back two clicks. The cylinder should now turn freely.
Grasping grip with right hand, use left thumb and fingers to align a loaded chamber with the loading port by turning cylinder.
Elevate muzzle in a safe direction; using left hand, push cartridge out of chamber with ejector rod. Continue process until all chambers are empty.
SLOWLY rotate cylinder with left thumb and fingers while inspecting each chamber to be sure that all cartridges have been removed.
Close loading gate. Place right thumb on hammer spur. While controlling hammer with right thumb, pull trigger with right index finger to release hammer, using right thumb to gently lower hammer completely.
To Unload Double Actions:
Use right hand to place pistol in palm of left hand. Operate cylinder release latch with right thumb; push cylinder out with the two middle fingers of left hand.
Place left thumb on ejector rod and elevate muzzle in safe direction. Use left thumb to push ejector rod completely to rear, removing cartridges from chambers. Inspect all chambers to be sure that they are empty.
A semi-automatic is a pistol that has only one chamber located at the rear of the barrel. Cartridges are held in a storage device called a magazine. When the pistol is fired, the slide moves to the rear, ejects the empty case, and usually cocks the pistol. On its return movement, the slide picks up a cartridge from the magazine and pushes it into the chamber.
To Unload Semi-Automatics:
Hold pistol in right hand. Activate magazine release, and remove magazine from gun. (Magazine release locations vary — consult instruction manual or knowledgeable individual.)
Grasp rear portion of slide with left hand, and move slide completely to the rear, ejecting the cartridge from the chamber. If the pistol has a slide stop, use it to keep the slide open.
Inspect chamber to be sure that it is empty.
Muzzle Loading Guns
A muzzleloading gun is so named because it is loaded through the muzzle. It does not use cartridges; instead, it is usually loaded by pouring a measure of black powder into the barrel, and pushing a cloth patch and lead ball into the barrel on top of the powder charge. Muzzleloading firearms are available in long gun and pistol models. Due to the construction of a muzzleloader, it is not easy to tell if it is loaded. Don’t try to determine this yourself; instead, have a knowledgeable person make sure that the gun is unloaded.
This firearms guide is not intended as a complete course in gun safety and is not a substitute for formal, qualified instruction in the handling, use, or storage of firearms.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Illinois CCW News

FBI agent kills shooter at East Peoria sports bar

MATT BUEDEL/Journal Star
Police on Saturday night were investigating a shooting at The Fifth Quarter sports bar on Illinois Route 116 across from the Par-A-Dice.
By Matt Buedel, Updated Jun 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

EAST PEORIA — An off-duty FBI agent may have averted a mass-shooting Saturday night when a gunman walked into a sports bar packed with patrons attending a high school reunion and shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend.

The gunman was killed when the agent, whom police would only officially identify as an off-duty law enforcement officer and subsequently asked not to be named, shot the suspect after gunfire erupted about 8 p.m. at the Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzaria.

The suspect and the two targets of his initial burst of gunfire ultimately died — the suspect at the scene and the other man and woman at a Peoria hospital.
East Peoria Police Chief Dick Ganschow said investigators were reviewing video of the incident recorded at the bar, and crime scene investigators were gathering evidence. Interviews of friends and relatives of the shooter and the victims will continue in the coming days to determine the background that led to the deadly shooting.

Lori A. Moore, 33, of Morton was pronounced dead at 9:16 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll. Moore had a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner said.

The man who was transported to the hospital was pronounced dead at 9:39 p.m., also from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was a 36-year-old Peorian, but his next of kin could not be immediately located and his name was not released.

Autopsies for the pair will be scheduled for Sunday or Monday, Ingersoll said.
Moore filed for a divorce from Jason A. Moore in Peoria County in March 2013, according to court records. The dissolution of marriage and parenting agreement were final in May 2013.

The shooting incident happened about 8 p.m. Saturday at the establishment at 1110 N. Main St., just across Illinois Route 116 from the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino. A heavy police presence remained on scene for hours after the gunfire erupted.

“After just a brief moment inside the bar, he pulled out a weapon and shot a female and a male,” Ganschow said of the suspect. “He was subsequently shot.”

Multiple sources, including a person at the scene who declined to be identified, said the shooter was the ex-husband of the woman who was shot. The other male who was shot was the woman’s new boyfriend. They were attending a high school reunion.

A group of people on motorcycles wearing regalia of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club left the bar immediately after the shooting and was followed by police to a clubhouse on Farmington Road in Peoria County. Police later said they were witnesses to the incident, and not suspects.

Dozens of police and other emergency response vehicles blocked the portion of Main Street that led from the entrance to a Shell gas station at the Route 116 intersection to the sports bar.

A crowd of onlookers gathered on the other side of Route 116 and near the entrance of the gas station, where police strung yellow crime scene tape from the side of the building to prevent witnesses from leaving the sports bar parking lot. A couple tearfully embraced over the tape, and police later lifted the yellow cordon to allow vehicles to depart one-by-one.
Matt Buedel can be reached at 686-3154 or Follow him on Twitter @JournoBuedel.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Illinois Concealed Carry News

Illinois bank lets employees carry concealed, advertises such on doors (VIDEO)

You can put signs all over this building telling somebody not to rob us and use a gun but that doesn't stop anybody from doing it," says South Porte Bank president Travis Clem. (Photo credit: KFVS)

“You can put signs all over this building telling somebody not to rob us and use a gun but that doesn’t stop anybody from doing it,” says South Porte Bank president Travis Clem. (Photo credit: KFVS)

The South Porte Bank in Marion, Illinois, is not only allowing its employees to carry concealed handguns, they are letting everyone know they always have.

After a series of armed robberies in the area, including one at a nearby retail store, the bank is making the fact that they have had armed staff in the facility since it opened in 2011, become public knowledge.

In doing so, they have even hung signs on the institution’s entrances that proudly state, “This property protected by Smith and Wesson.”

“From the very beginning, to be honest we had some staff in this bank that was armed. We decided to change our strategy to make it a little more public now,” says South Porte Bank president Travis Clem. “You can put signs all over this building telling somebody not to rob us and use a gun but that doesn’t stop anybody from doing it.”

The change in policy came following a violent armed robbery of the First National Bank in Cairo. In that May 16 crime, a suspect with a long criminal record stabbed three female bank employees during the course of the robbery, killing two.

Clem said that the use of guns by tellers and other employees is for cases of last-resort self-defense only.

Signs at South Porte Bank advise that the institution is not a gun-free zone. (Photo credit: KFVS)

Signs at South Porte Bank advise that the institution is not a gun-free zone. (Photo credit: KFVS)

“I hope nobody ever uses one, that’s everybody’s hopes here,” explained Clem. “Just the presence of them will help us deter anybody trying to rob this place; but again if something happens and it’s bad and it goes wrong, it at least gives us options, and you know I’m like everybody else I want to go home at night safely.”

Bank employees are reportedly pleased with the policy, which also allows customers with permits to carry in the facility as well.

According to reports, both state and federal regulators approved the bank’s policy and South Porte is not the only bank to do so. Nearby Legions Bank in Eldorado also allows for lawful concealed carry by employees, now legal in Illinois.

In 2013, a Missouri bank employee retrieved a .357 caliber Smith and Wesson from his office and shot an armed subject in the jaw, foiling an attempted robbery. The employee held a valid state-issued concealed carry permit.

According to FBI crime statistics, in 2011 alone, more than $30 million was stolen and just over 100 people killed or injured in some 5,000 robberies of financial institutions reported across the nation.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Illinois CCW News

Illinois' concealed carry law is here to stay

1:16 pm, June 9, 2014

The letter from Meghan Sheehan on June shows just how truly uninformed the public is about Illinois’ concealed carry law.

First, the law was enacted almost a year ago by the Illinois General Assembly; there is no “appeal.” Concealed carry is the law in Illinois, as it was in 49 other states before us.

Second, the Illinois concealed carry law has nothing to do with access to guns. It does not make it easier or harder to acquire a firearm; the law is all about allowing law-abiding citizens who meet the background requirements, training and live fire qualification to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm. 

Third, police officers do not use firearms to enforce the law. The job of the police is to investigate crimes and arrest those who break the law. Police have firearms to protect themselves, not to protect the public. The police do not “rule” over the citizens. They are merely empowered to enforce laws, not have power over us. 

Finally, I am really sorry Sheehan seems to have so little faith that her fellow citizens will control their emotions. Based on her letter, she seems to believe anyone who carries a firearm legally under the Illinois law is prone to becoming enraged and engage in some kind of mass killing spree of other motorist or the police. 

This is the same argument used before in all the other states when they passed their concealed carry laws, but the predicted “return to the Wild West” and the streets running red with blood from all the shootings did not happen in the other 49 states with their laws, and it hasn’t happened here in Illinois either. Are Illinois citizens somehow less in control of their emotions than the rest of the U.S.? I don’t think so.