June 10, 2008

Winnebago County Considers concealed carry

For those of you that don't live in the state of Illinois, or even if you do, you may not have heard but the Winnebago County Board is considering approving it's own concealed carry law. For those of you that don't know, Winnebago county is where Rockford is located, my home city. This goes against the laws that the State of Illinois has in place. Illinois is one of only 48 2 states that doesn't have some kind of concealed carry law or permit. The other is Wisconsin.

Now, none of this is new information. As you can see in the above article which was dated May 8th, 2008, this has been discussed or written about a lot over the last month. Over at IllinoisCarry.com they have a whole thread dedicated to this topic. If none of this is new, why am I posting about it?

They had another meeting with the sub-committee on it tonight. Unfortunately I was not able to attend due to work and family. Since I was not able to attend, I thought I would voice my opinion on the whole matter here. Plus if I did attend, they would have limited me to two minutes and anyone that knows me knows I can't introduce myself in under two minutes!

First off I applaud Doug Aurand, D-3, and Randy Olson, R-1 who are chairing this committee. It's nice to see two politicians of different parties putting lines behind them and doing something that not only is right, but also actually beneficial for the community. In this state of strong anti-firearm sentiment, AKA Chicago dictating policy to the rest of the state, to have two politicians buck the questionable legislation in this state to keep firearms out of the hands of honest, law abiding citizens is refreshing!

Secondly, anyone that has done any reasonable research into gun control knows that concealed carry actually does deter crime! There are numerous sights that support this, one of the better free online resources is GunFacts.info. There are other sites out there that also confirm the fire arm statistics. It's hard to argue with the statistics, well you can if you want to completely just ignore they exist. Firearms in the hands of honest citizens that own them legally deter crime, plain and simple.

Now I know that if Winnebago county passes this, the State of Illinois will bring down it's full wrath upon it for going against them. The whole thing will end up in the courts and what not. I'm hoping that this legislation and, more than likely, upcoming lawsuit is something that brings about freedom to the rest of us living in Illinois.

It will let us take back our streets.
It will let us take back our neighborhoods.
It will let us take back our cities!

And more than likely, it won't be because we fired a gun, but because criminals hate an armed populous and the fear of honest, armed citizens will push them back into their holes.

Posted by Contagion in Politics at June 10, 2008 06:13 PM | TrackBack

First paragraph. Illinois is one of only 2 states that doesn't allow any form of concealed carry. And the other is Wisconsin.

Must be that Obama way of counting where there are 57 states in the U.S.

And actually, I doubt there would be a lawsuit. Basically, the state will pull rank and say state law super-cedes anything the county passes. Just like the Union of Soviet Socialist Chicagoans can actually give you jail time for failing to register your guns.

Did you know we can open carry in Illinois? Check out opencarry.org

But once again: It must have been a typo typo. It must have been a typo, it CAN'T be true.

Posted by: Petey at June 10, 2008 07:44 PM

There are only two states that don't allow concealed carry, and Illinois is one of them. That's not a typo.

Posted by: Contagion at June 10, 2008 08:02 PM

You have it reading 48 states don't have concealed carry.

Posted by: Petey at June 10, 2008 08:09 PM