Skip to comments.Concealed-carry backers file petitions for ballot measure (IL)
Posted on 08/10/2012 8:00:05 AM PDT by marktwain
Petitions were filed this week to place a concealed carry referendum on the ballot in the November election in Henry County.
Jon Zahm of Osco, a Henry County Board member and co-chairman of the Constitutional Carry of Arms petition campaign, filed the petitions at the office of the Henry County Clerk in Cambridge.
This will allow the people of Henry County to express at the ballot box whether they support the right of an individual who is legal to own a firearm, to have the right to carry that firearm, open or concealed, for personal protection and other legal purposes, Zahm said. The referendum is advisory only, but backers of approving concealed carry of firearms are placing similar measures on ballots across the state, so that Illinoisans can express their views on the subject. Illinois is the only state in the nation that does not have some form of legal open or conceal carry.
It is way beyond time that we the people express loud and clear to the Democrats in Springfield and Chicago that we have had enough, Zahm said. The right to protect oneself and ones family is critical to freedom and liberty. That is why our Founding Fathers, among them Patrick Henry, for whom Henry County is named, enshrined this right in the Constitution.
In all, 214 pages of petitions, bearing 1,975 signatures, were filed. The number of signatures needed to put the concealed-carry measure on the ballot is 1,446.
Zahm said 30 people circulated the petitions.
Rebekah McCaw, co-chair of the petition campaign and a county board member from Woodhull, said, We believe in giving the citizens of Henry County a chance to vote on this issue and make clear their position on it. Judging by the very strong response to the petition drive, there is a lot of support for the 2nd Amendment throughout all corners of the county.
The petitions were gathered in 15 days.
The Committee also included District 1 Chairman Jacob Waller, a county board candidate from Geneseo, and District 2 Chairman Rich Nordstrom, a former county board member and the current mayor of Galva.
More details on the petition, and updates as it moves forward to the vote on November 6, will be posted at www.votezahm.com
I wish them well, but I’m not holding my breath.
I see some real potential here.
In McDonald v. Chicago, while most of the Supreme Court justices were entirely focused on the 2nd Amendment, Justice Thomas included a 100 page concurring decision using the “Privileges or Immunities” clause of the 14th Amendment (Section 1, Clause 2).
“Privileges or Immunities” gives the federal government the authority to intervene when individual states violate the Bill of Rights against their citizens. And while Justice Thomas was very aware of the importance of this clause in protecting black Americans from abuse by the southern states after the Civil War, his focus was entirely on gun rights.
This matters in this case, because if entire counties of Illinois pass referendums opposing the gun control forced on them by Springfield and Chicago, Thomas’s opinion gives them a powerful case to make in federal court that “The State of Illinois is denying its citizens their rights under the Bill of Rights.”
Justice Thomas really nailed it down as well. His concurring decision is immaculately researched and detailed, and truthfully, a really good read. At the time it was said that it resuscitated the Privileges or Immunities clause, which had fallen into disuse over the years.
But as the other justices were all fine tuning their conflicting 2nd Amendment arguments, Thomas blew everyone away with this opinion.