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For Immediate Release: 7/7/2011

BELLEVUE, WA – Capitalizing on its federal appeals court victory Wednesday in Ezell v. City of Chicago, the Second Amendment Foundation today moved for a preliminary injunction against the State of Illinois to prevent further enforcement of that state’s prohibitions on firearms carry in public by law-abiding citizens.

The motion was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield. Joining SAF in this motion are Illinois Carry and four private citizens, Michael Moore, Charles Hooks, Peggy Fechter and Jon Maier. The underlying case is known as Moore v. Madigan.

Illinois is the only state in the nation with such prohibitions. The state neither allows open carry or concealed carry, which runs afoul of recent U.S. Supreme Court Second Amendment rulings, including last year’s landmark ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago, another SAF case. SAF was represented in McDonald and Ezell by attorney Alan Gura, who noted after yesterday’s appeals court win – forcing a temporary injunction against the city’s ban on gun ranges that the city immediately changed after the decision was announced – that “Even Chicago politicians must respect the people’s fundamental civil rights…Gun rights are coming to Chicago. The only question is how much the city’s intransigence will cost taxpayers along the way.”

“Now that the Seventh Circuit has recognized that the deprivation of the right of armed self-defense is an inherently irreparable injury, it is clear that Illinois’ law-abiding gun owners are entitled to a protective injunction,” said attorney David Jensen of New York, who, along with Glen Ellyn, IL attorney David Sigale, is representing SAF and the other plaintiffs.

“Yesterday’s win was a wake-up call to Chicago,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “Today’s motion is a signal to the Illinois Legislature that the state’s total ban on carrying of firearms for personal protection is counter to both Supreme Court rulings on the Second Amendment, and yesterday’s ruling by the Seventh Circuit appeals panel that shredded Chicago’s gun ordinance. Our victory Wednesday and today’s motion are key components of SAF’s overall mission to win back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Chicago Firearms Class Instruction at Illinois Gun Works

ChicagolandSportBikes.com member “Trinitrogen” shares with us his experience in taking the Chicago Firearms Course at Illinois Gun Works.

It was actually quite interesting. The focus of the class is almost exclusively laws that govern firearms in Illinois and Chicago. There was basically nothing for a beginner shooter, but there are other classes for that.

I took it at Illinois Gun Works on Friday from 1pm to 6. Four hours in the class, and “one hour” on the range. The instructor apparently was one of the guys who actually wrote the new ordinance, and designed it knowing that concealed carry will be coming in the next couple of years. He is a former Marine Force Recon, and then spent 25 years as a Chicago homicide, and has that wonderful lack of political correctness you’d expect from a retired Chicago police.

See the full story here.

Illinois State Rifle Association to Unveil Roving Billboard

Media Advisory

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

WHAT: Press briefing prior to launch of roving billboard touting the public safety advantages of privately-owned firearms.

WHEN: Monday, 28 February 2011, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Midwest Sporting Goods, 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL 60534

WHO: Richard Pearson, Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association.

Mr. Pearson will officially kick off a truck-mounted roving billboard campaign touting the public safety advantages of private firearm ownership. The roving billboard consists of two large truck-mounted panels advertising the fact that, on a daily basis, approximately 2,200 Americans utilize firearms to protect themselves from rape, robbery, murder and assault – a fact conveniently overlooked by the “mainstream media.”

Sponsored jointly by the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the ISRA, the roving billboard campaign comes in response to a similar effort spearheaded by New York City Mayor and gun control activist Michael Bloomberg. The Bloomberg project involves a roving billboard declaring that 34 Americans are shot to death by criminals every day.

The CCRKBA/ISRA roving billboard will depart from the parking lot of Midwest Sporting Goods, 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL, at approximately 10:00 AM en route to downtown Chicago via the Eisenhower Expressway. Once in the Loop, the roving billboard will work the streets – delivering its message to workers and shoppers in the central business district. Later that afternoon, the roving billboard will return to the suburbs where it will be seen by rush hour commuters.

Mr. Pearson will be available to the press to discuss the roving billboard campaign as well as ISRA’s on-going effort in the Capitol to pass legislation that would allow well-qualified, law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms for the protection of themselves and their families. Currently, Illinois is one of two states that prohibit citizens from carrying defensive firearms. The other state, Wisconsin, is expected to pass concealed carry legislation later this year.

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

WEB SITE: http://www.isra.org

SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association

Gun-Free Zones Do Not Work; Concealed Carry Does

This is Texas by Mark Holloway

Here’s a slightly dated (but still very significant) well-researched and factual essay on the merits of concealed carry for reducing shooting deaths by F. Paul Valone of Guns, Politics, and Freedom.

Valone cites researchers John Lott of Yale and William Landes of the University of Chicago paper studying multiple victim public shootings. Their data of records from 1976-1995 found that in states where concealed carry was adopted shootings declined by 84%, deaths reduced by 90% and injuries from shootings down 82.5%.

What is it about concealed carry that has this effect? The researchers credit the threat of armed victims as the deterrent.

“[T]he only policy factor to have a consistently significant influence on multiple victim public shootings is the passage of concealed handgun laws.”

Source: ‘Gun-free’ zones fail; concealed carry works By F. Paul Valone.