In an upheaval against the Obama Administration, the citizens of the state of Illinois voiced their rights to freedom of speech and demanded the widespread ban on concealed carry be overturned. Ruled as unconstitutional by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the state was found to be in direct violation of both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. (An interesting legal side note is how previous convictions will stand since this law is unconstitutional.)
In July 2013, the state was forced to allow concealed carry licenses. However, the Illinois State Police Department immediately notified citizens that unless they have a proper firearm permit, they would be found in violation of the law, arrested and charged with a criminal act.
The little known fact buried in mounds of legislative and legal paperwork is that the Illinois State Police Department has 180 days before they are required to make applications available. On top of that, they have 90 days to review the applications before making a determination on issuing a concealed carry permit. That leaves citizens facing a nine-month wait, well into 2014, before any concealed carry licenses will be activated in Illinois.
The story of Illinois’ native Mary Shepard is one of travesty and horror. Licensed to carry in 31 U.S. states, she was denied this right under Illinois law. She and a friend were brutally beaten and left for dead by an ex-convict. She is a prime example of an American that has boldly embraced the fight to preserve the rights our forefathers granted in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was once quoted as saying “a right delayed is a right denied.” This insightful statement gives an outsider’s perspective to this controversial situation. In essence, by the state further delaying the right to conceal carry, they may very well be issuing a death sentence for those citizens that are faced with life-and-death self defense situations.
Proponents are simply requesting that the Illinois State Police Department reconsider the nine-month waiting requirement for citizens that already have a Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID Card). This means that those people who have a valid FOID card could simply obtain additional screening by the State of Illinois. If additional screening is accepted and approved, these citizens would be eligible to publically carry firearms.
While proponents are working hard to convince the legislature to reconsider this stance, there are still no solid answers about how the police will address this issue.
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