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  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Second Amendment: FU

    06/21/2012 12:18:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 20 June, 2012 | Robert Farago
    “Calling tougher gun laws pivotal to Chicago’s crime-fighting strategy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel [above] said Wednesday he would do whatever it takes to protect the legal integrity of the city’s firearms ordinance, a portion of which was overturned by a federal judge,” reports. “Emanuel refused to say whether he would appeal U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s ruling, or simply rewrite the overturned section used to deny a man a gun permit because of a prior misdemeanor conviction.” Blood not boiling yet? Take your heart meds and make the jump for the money shot . . . Emanuel said he would...
  • Opinion: Police Gun Buy-Back Is a Raw Deal(IL Chicago)

    06/19/2012 4:16:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    The Chicago Police Department wants your guns, and it’s willing to pay for them. On the first summer Saturday of a year when homicides are up 60 percent, the department is holding a gun buy-back program. Titled “Don’t Kill A Dream: Save A Life,” the program offers $100 pre-paid Visa debit cards for every gun turned in. For bringing in a BB gun or a toy gun, you get $10. It’s going on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations. I’m all in favor of getting guns off the street, but $100 is not a good deal,...
  • OSHA shooting range ruling points to agenda besides worker safety(IL)

    06/17/2012 4:45:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    16 June, 2012 | David Codrea
    An Illinois gun range has been cited for “27 serious violations includ[ing] 13 for violating the lead standard” resulting in proposed fines of $111,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a news release earlier this week. Illinois Gun Works Ltd. was cited for “failing to implement engineering and work practice controls” following “a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health.” The citation, issued on June 6, also included what OSHA defines as “serious violations” that “include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous …label chemical bottles…administer an effective hearing conservation...
  • The futility of gun turn-ins(Il)

    06/17/2012 4:31:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 17 June, 2012 | Steve Chapman
    If you've got some clothes you don't need anymore, you can give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If you have an old car, you can call various organizations to take it away. And if you're in Chicago and have a gun that's burning a hole in your pocket, you can get rid of it June 23, no questions asked. The city government has a great fondness for gun turn-in events. It's done six of them in the past six years, collecting more than 23,000 weapons. This one will be held at 23 churches, and anyone handing over a...
  • Illinois Man Builds, Shoots, Sells Homemade Civil War Cannons

    06/16/2012 10:48:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | dabneybailey
    Ray Carr, a resident of Charleston, Illinois, builds and sells homemade cannons. His most recent one is modeled after an 1862 Mountain Howitzer, it’s fully operational, and it can be yours for the low price of $4,750. Despite the high price tag and the obviously limited market, Carr claims that a bunch of people are interested. He told The Daily Eastern News, “Most [prospective buyers] say, ‘I’d love to have it, but the wife wouldn’t let me.’” We've all been there before. So, what motivates a man to build homemade Civil War replica cannons? The same thing that motivates all...
  • Concealed carry advocates continue efforts in legislature, courts(IL)

    06/09/2012 4:30:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 June, 2012 | DAVID THOMAS
    SPRINGFIELD -- The sponsor of a bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns is waiting for a task force to finish its work before calling the legislation for a vote. Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House Bill 148, was defeated. The task force’s deadline is Dec. 31, but Phelps said he is ready to call the bill for a vote if the legislature holds a...
  • Chicago PD Sued for Deleting Footage, Strip Searching Citizens Over Cop Car Crash(IL)

    06/08/2012 6:37:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 7 June, 2012 | Carlos Miller
    Chicago Police Captain Kevin Navarro was driving a marked police car down the wrong way of a busy street when he collided head-on with a motorcycle last year. The incident just happened to be caught on camera because a group of citizens had been video recording their friend on the motorcycle. And they continued shooting photos and videos of the aftermath, documenting the police SUV in the wrong lane. But by the time a multitude of cops showed up to the scene, they began arresting the citizens with cameras and deleting their footage. The citizens were acquitted and now they...
  • Nurse to feds: State grants went to politicians’ campaigns

    06/04/2012 6:53:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE MCKINNEY
    ‘Thousands of dollars” in state grants awarded to bolster health care in minority communities instead went to pay campaign workers for former state Sen. Rickey Hendon and Democratic candidates Hendon supported, a Chicago nurse has told investigators. The nurse, Tonja Cook, 44, detailed her allegations in four interviews with state and federal authorities between October 2010 and May 2011, records show. In June 2011, federal prosecutors in Springfield charged Cook and another Chicago nurse, Margaret A. Davis, with siphoning $500,000 from state grant funds for Davis’ “personal use.” Hendon, 58, a West Side Democrat who unexpectedly retired from the Senate...
  • Shooting Blanks(Illinois CCW)

    06/01/2012 10:06:01 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 1 June, 2012 | Christina Chapman
    As state legislators wrapped up their session Thursday, a concealed carry bill allowing the people of Illinois to carry guns had not been called for a vote as some had hoped. Earlier this month, State Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, joined numerous other representatives in not only sponsoring the concealed carry bill, but also starting an online petition in its favor. The proposed bill allows people who acquire a permit the ability to carry a loaded firearm. To apply for a permit, a person must be 21 years of age and have a FOID card. Applicants cannot have been convicted of...
  • College to offer concealed firearm-permit class(IL)

    05/29/2012 4:36:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Joe Sanders
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Community Education program is offering a training class in June for those interested in obtaining a non-resident Utah concealed firearm permit that is recognized in 31 states. Valid for five years, the Utah concealed firearm permit is useful for gun owners who want to avoid state-by-state restrictions when traveling. The four-hour course is offered in two separate sessions: 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. June 16 at the college's main campus, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. The cost is $100, and those getting a Utah permit will have to pay a $51 registration...
  • GOP House members join GOP Senators in pushing Cook Co. into Obamacare (Illinois)

    05/26/2012 5:10:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2012
    GOP House members join GOP Senators in pushing Cook Co. into Obamacare SPRINGFIELD - Last night, with the help of 11 Republicans, the Illinois House passed HB 5007, which accelerated Cook County's movement into Obamacare provisions. Even though Obamacare may be found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, lame duck Republican House members together with those in secure districts, joined Democrats in allowing Cook County to apply for waivers that would advance its involvement into the Obamacare plan. Although House Minority Leader Tom Cross voted "NO", the following 11 House Republicans voted "YES" with their Democrat colleagues: Franco Coladipietro, Jim...
  • Obama’s DOJ Puts Chicago Anti-Gun Agenda Above IL Resident’s Constitutional Rights

    05/24/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The Illinois State Police are pushing legislation that could have a severe, negative impact on gun rights in Illinois. Senate Bill 1034, which was introduced as an anti-drug bill, was recently amended by the state House of Representatives to cover Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards. This issue surfaced due to the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), which has allegedly threatened to shut down Illinois State Police access to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS if numerous changes to Illinois law are not implemented. The ISP are the point of contact for NICS checks, so...
  • Stealth 'gun control' threatens Illinois

    05/23/2012 4:42:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 May, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Illinois gun owners now face a brand new attack on their Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. With gun rights advocates in Illinois having started in the last few years to find their voices and realize their power, the legislature's forcible citizen disarmament advocates are resorting to furtiveness in their efforts to impose new infringements on that which shall not be infringed. From an Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) alert: BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Illinois State Police are teaming up to pass legislation to destroy your...
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: May Queen Edition(IL)

    05/21/2012 4:54:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 20 May, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    “A vigilant homeowner turned a rifle on two men suspected of setting fires in the Freeburg (IL) area over the past few weeks and held them until authorities arrived.” Turns out that the pair were a couple of serial firebugs who got their jollies by burning barns and other outbuildings on farms southeast of St. Louis. From “St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson called the two a ‘Beavis and Butt-Head duo’ because of the series of senseless crimes for which they have been charged.” But they picked one farm too many when an unidentified property owner heard a...
  • Supreme Court Plaintiff Speaks to NAACP About Gun Rights (IL)

    05/20/2012 6:26:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 18 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    On May 17, Otis McDonald spoke at an Illinois NAACP office about the issues of gun rights. The chapter president invited Otis to speak because he felt it was important to let his fellow members hear both sides of the argument, especially considering that African Americans traditionally support guns less than whites do. A lot of you probably won't recognize Otis' name, but he was the lead plaintiff in the McDonald vs Chicago US Supreme Court case. The Court ruled that the Second Amendment also applied to the states, because as Justice Samuel A. Alito put it, rights that are...
  • Rowes say right to carry vote likely to pass soon(IL)

    05/17/2012 4:46:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Mike and Valinda Rowe, local Second Amendment activists, report that a vote may be imminent on HB148, the family and personal protection bill which recognizes the right to carry a firearm for personal protection. Having just returned from a five day blitz of right to carry town hall meetings in the Chicago/Cook County area, and keeping in close communication with the bill sponsors, the Rowes expect a vote in the House of Representatives within the next two weeks. "We don't need everyone to vote for the bill," said Valinda Rowe. "Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg, and chief sponsor of the...
  • Surveillance photos released in knifing of Guardian Angels(IL)

    05/17/2012 2:32:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 17 May , 2012 | William Lee
    Police have released surveillance photos of two suspects in the stabbing of four Guardian Angels at a Red Line station on the Near North Side. The four suffered minor cuts during the confrontation around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark and Division stop, police said, citing preliminary information. The Guardian Angels were on the platform, waiting to get on a train, when they spotted a man hitting a passenger and taking his iPhone 4S, police said. They intervened and a second man pulled a knife and cut three of the Guardian Angels on their arms and the fourth on the...
  • BOTH OBAMAS SURRENDERED law licenses in '93 & '08

    05/09/2012 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Mich1193 · 155 replies ^ | 05/09/2012 |
    This can be easily veriified at Stands for Illinois Attorney Registration And Disciplinary Committee. It's the official arm of lawyer discipline in Illinois; and they are very strict and mean as hell. 1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a "lawyer". He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application. A "Voluntary Surrender" is not something where you decide "Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?" and forget to renew your license. No, a "Voluntary Surrender" is something...
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Teach Your Children Well Edition(IL)

    05/06/2012 9:22:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    “You’re my friend, how could you do this to me?” That was all Georgi Layous could blurt out when a long-time customer pulled a gun on the Chicago jeweler and demanded his money. Nineteen-year-old Musa Thomas had been selling gold jewelry to Layous for about five years. Now we know where a lot of that jewelry likely came from. But Thomas was angry when he found only $11 in the till. He pushed Layous and his wife to the ground, made the old man open the store’s safes and fired off a couple of shots without hitting anyone. Then the...
  • Woman Finds Loaded Gun In Newly Purchased Laptop Case(IN barf alert)

    05/06/2012 7:55:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 82 replies ^ | 5 May, 2012 | Ryan Braschler
    An Evansville woman makes a shocking discovery after a yard sale purchase. She says all she wanted was a laptop case, but when she opened it she found a loaded handgun inside. A lot of people find a lot of great deals at yard sales, but when Rhonda Milligan went to the Evansville Christian Life Center sale she got more than she bargained for. Rhonda Milligan made several stops in her yard sale spree, one of those was here at the Evansville Christian Life Center on Kentucky Avenue. She bought a leather laptop case, but when she got home and...