(Received: 05/06/2013, Posted: 05/08/2013)



As many readers know by now, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart today announced that he would seek passage of a county concealed carry ordinance in the likely event that the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a state-wide CCW law by the court-imposed June 9 deadline.

Under Dart’s proposal, law-abiding Cook County citizens would have to report to the sheriff’s office, hat in hand, and try to convince Dart that their lives were worth protecting. If Dart was feeling particularly benevolent that day, the citizen could then grease Dart’s palm with a $300 application fee before being subjected to who knows how many additional indignities at the hands of Dart’s political hacks. If the applicant survived this rigorous process, they’d be able to carry a concealed firearm under what promises to be the most restrictive concealed carry ordinance in the nation.

Dart’s proposal is an insult to the good people of Cook County. But, that is to be expected from a guy who spent a decade in the General Assembly carrying water for the gun control movement. What really raises eyebrows is Dart’s supposed reason for making the ordinance so restrictive. According to published reports, Dart wants to prevent Cook County from becoming like the “wild west.” Our only response is that the good sheriff should pick up a newspaper once in a while and read it.

Readers should note that the ISRA will never support any form of “may issue” concealed carry. Likewise, we will not support any proposal that carries exorbitant fees, useless red tape, or other features designed to discourage law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.

Remember...here is what you must do to ensure that “shall issue” concealed carry becomes reality:

  1. Call your Illinois State Representative and Illinois State Senator. Politely tell the person on the phone that you are a law-abiding Illinois gun owner and that you will not support any form of “may issue” concealed carry. Politely inform the person that you expect the representative or senator to vote for “shall issue” concealed carry when it comes to a vote in their chamber. If you do not know who your State Representative or State Senator is, the Illinois State Board of Elections has an interactive search page here: www.elections.state.il.us/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx.
    If you already know who your legislators are and just need the contact info, you can find that here: www.ilga.gov/house/. and here: www.ilga.gov/senate/.

  2. Pass this Alert on to your friends and family; tell them to make calls as well.

  3. Post this alert to any and all Internet blogs or bulletin boards to which you belong.

  4. Make a generous donation to the ISRA today...we need your financial help to win this war against the anti-gunners.

Remember – only you have the power to ensure victory for “shall issue” concealed carry!