I live in Davenport, Iowa.
I work in Moline, Illinois.
If Illinois goes Constitutional it will take more self control than I might have to not walk across one of the pedestrian accessible bridges with my Garand slung with a sign sticking out of the barrel reading “F–* You Chicago.”
Sorry, there is simply no chance Illinois will revert to constitutional carry. None.
Emanuel and Boss Madigan wonít let it happen.
Currently, their ploy is court rehearings and other such judicial maneuvers.
The next step will be some brutal legislative machinations that will make Wisconsinís Doyleís stopping of citizen carry seem like a friendly Twister game by comparison.
Ainít gonna happen. Hope my Chicago accent shows through.
Yeah, the law may say you can carry without a permit.
But THE LAW will stop you, disarm you, arrest you, process you, and then slap you with a bullshit charge (resisting arrest, contempt of cop, whatever). The arrest, the charge, and the eventual plea will follow you for life. And this assumes you don’t get fired from your job, and don’t go broke, while dealing with the case.
If IL goes “constitutional”, don’t EVER carry in Chicago or its environs…unless you fully intend to take the case all the way to the USSC.
I think IL Legislature may be waiting to see whether the Seventh Circuit grants or denies Illinois’s pending petition for rehearing en banc (i.e., by all the judges on the circuit, not just the usual 3-judge panel) in the Moore case.
I hesitate to say so publicly, but as one who’s been involved in Illinois gun activity for forty years, as one who’s been an NRA, ISRA, IllinoisCarry, and others member for many years, I still can’t see any way Illinois gets citizen carry, not for a long time.
The judicial process is the most likely way Madigan will stop the train. Once that Seventh Circuit decision gets stalled or appealed, and they will certainly do something along that line, the whole timeline disintegrates.
I know our professionals on the point of the battle think we’ll be carrying this year, and I have great respect for their greater knowledge, I just keep thinking of Emanuel. There is more power concentrated in the Fifth Floor (as the Mayor’s office is known) that folks realize who aren’t familiar with how this benighted place works.
Having a Machine guy in the White House only makes it easier for them.