Of Course Democrats Spy on Americans

Potentially Illegal Gingrich Tape Turned Over To Criminal Investigators

The Florida couple, , confirmed they gave a tape of an intercepted cell phone conversation among House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his top allies to McDermott, the senior Democrat on the House ethics committee.

In a news conference, John and Alice Martin said they overheard the conversation on a police scanner in their car during a Christmas shopping trip and after three or four minutes, decided to tape it.

At first, Mrs. Martin said, they simply thought it would “neat” to have a tape of important people speaking for a soon-to-be-born grandson. Afterward, however, they thought it might be important for the ethics committee to hear.

“We just felt that somebody needed to hear it besides us,” said John Martin.

The couple, who are Democratic activists in their home state, turned it over to McDermott during a Washington, D.C., visit to witness the swearing-in of a new Florida congressman.

The Martins’ attorney, Larry Turner, said it’s illegal under federal and Florida law to eavesdrop on regular or cell phone conversations, and there is a chance the couple will be prosecuted. Asked if she was concerned about that, an obviously nervous Mrs. Martin said, “Yeah. I guess we have to be.”

Turner, however, said he hopes authorities will not prosecute because the couple was trying to do what they thought was right when they turned over the tape.

“If they determine to prosecute it, we’ll defend it,” the attorney said.

Even before the afternoon news conference, Republicans believed McDermott, who represents the Seattle, Washington, area, was responsible for leaking the tape to the news media. The tape was provided to The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and both reported on its contents last week.

The conversation, held by Gingrich and other Republicans on Dec. 21, took place the same day the speaker admitted to ethical errors and promised not to organize a defensive strategy with other GOP leaders. Democrats point to the tape as evidence that Gingrich violated his promise. Republicans say it proves Gingrich was not involved in plotting strategy.

The Times reported that the tape was obtained by a Democratic congressman who is unfriendly to Gingrich. A GOP source told CNN that “it is totally in the hands of the Democrats to disprove that McDermott was behind the tape release. He hasn’t denied anything, and it looks like the ranking Democrat on the committee has corrupted the ethics process.” McDermott declined to comment to TIME, which this week also identified him as a leading suspect in its release.

The Martins nabbed signals destined for the cellular phone of House Republican Caucus Chairman John Boehner of Ohio. He was listening to the call while parked in a restaurant parking lot in Florida. According to the source, Boehner has not precluded the possibility of filing ethics charges in the matter of the recorded phone call. Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois and other Republicans asked Attorney General Janet Reno to refer the tape of the intercepted phone call to the Justice Department’s criminal division for investigation, because it is illegal to secretly record telephone conversations.

 

The Martins ended up being fined $1,000 for their criminal action.

Not a single Elected Democrat was outraged by this activity.

If I recall correctly, the criminal Ma & Pa Martin team just happened to have a scanner in their car, just happened to pick up this call, just happened to to have a tape recorder and the scanner just happened to be illegally modified to catch cell phone calls.

Do you think this was a one off?

We know for a fact that the Obama administration illegally spied on American citizens via the abuse at the NSA.

Yes, that is a fact.

The only question is the extent of the gross abuses at the NSA.

I was NEVER a supporter of the Patriot Act and I even said when it was being “debated”, that Democrats would use the information for political gain.

BECAUSE THAT’S WHO THEY ARE !!!!!!!!!

B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”

This is another post that has been in que for a long time !!! (2014)

I live “near” the Aurora Municipal Airport”.

The airport sometimes has fly ins with classic military airplanes.  The really cool thing is on most days the classic airplanes are in town and flying, my house is on the landing path and I get to see (and hear) the planes coming in low and slow over my house which is really pretty cool !!!

I believe this visit by the “Aluminum Overcast” was Memorial Day weekend 2014 and we took a drive to the airport to see the plane up close.

It was a beautiful day and there was a good size crowd there to see the plane.  I’ve seen B17s at the airport before, but this is the first time I paid to walk through the plane.

 

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The cockpit.

Now, at this time in my life, I am a full figured adult and there is no way that I would be able to sit in that pilot’s seat for a 8-10 hour mission !!

Even at the time in my life when I could have been in the military, (18-26) at 6 foot and 190 pounds, that still would have been a very tight fit for any position on the plane.

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This is obviously not the plane that George Bush flew in WWII.

You could pay to take a flight in this plane.

If you could have seen the look of the man in the rear gunner seat after they landed, you would know that it was money well spent for him !

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Drug Addled, Publicity Seeking Has Beens Rebuke Trump For Use Of “Crazy Train”

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/donald-trump-ozzy-osbourne-crazy-train/

Earlier today (June 27), President Donald Trump tweeted out a video that used Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” In response, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, has issued a statement saying that Ozzy’s music cannot be used by the Trump campaign.

We received a press release from Sharon that read, “Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train,’ we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzy’s music cannot be used for any means without approvals

 

MAN!!!!!

Who would LOVE to see Trump buy the rights??????

Kind of like Rush Limbaugh using a Pretenders song as his theme.

The Google Fascists

The Google Fascists (no better word to describe them)

https://spectator.org/the-google-fascists/

The story is pretty simple.

Google (and Liberals and other monopolistic tech companies) deny bias against non liberals.

Proof of the bias is given.

Google censors the proof.

The irony, it burns.

Until the 2020 election is over:

RELEASE THE KRAKEN AND SCORCH THE LAND !!!

My First Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A moved into my area probably 10 years ago and I had never taken the opportunity to eat there.  We had some errands to run and my daughter wanted to eat at Chick-fil-a so we did. (She’s eaten there before)

I ordered a # 1:

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First, I didn’t like that the chicken sammich was served in a foil bag.  Seriously?  That’s just going to steam the bun to mush and uncrisp the fried chicken.  The waffle fries were great.

Not saying this was a bad sammich, but it didn’t really impress me.  Oh, I will definitely be going back and trying some more food and hopefully it will impress me !!

Chick-Fil-A Celebrates Pride Month By Serving Delicious Chicken Sandwiches To Everyone Just Like All The Other Months

Chick-Fil-A Celebrates Pride Month By Serving Delicious Chicken Sandwiches To Everyone Just Like All The Other Months

 

U.S.—Chick-Fil-A restaurants are celebrating the LGBT pride movement all month long by serving delicious chicken sandwiches to everyone without discriminating.

Restaurant spokespeople didn’t even announce the program. They just kept serving chicken sandwiches, offering customers a good value for their money, and providing stellar customer service. When asked about their Pride Month plans, a spokesperson shrugged and said, “Uh, just come in and have some food and we’ll give it to you at a reasonable price and make sure you have a positive experience. We won’t even ask about your orientation. So, uh, yeah. We’ll keep doing what we do.”

“It’s kinda weird,” said one gay customer. “Their logo isn’t a rainbow on social media. They don’t have any special signage telling me that I’m special. But all the same, I walked in, they happily served me food, and I went on my way.”

“I’m not sure if I should be offended or impressed,” he added, shrugging. “I guess I’ll have to go back and get some more nuggets as I think over my feelings about this unique way to celebrate Pride Month.”

After Pride Month is over, the restaurant will reportedly just keep serving excellent food.

Smith & Wesson 380 EZ

I’ve had my conceal carry now for just over a year.  For the past year, my EDC was a S&W Compact 22 LR. Lots and lots of reasons for a 22 LR.  First, cheap ammo.  I am currently paying 4.3 cents a round and that is considerably less than any other caliber which means for the same money, I can shoot 6-8 times more.  That is a very important factor in that since I shoot almost weekly, I am a gosh darn good shot.  No, I will never be a marksman, sniper, trick shot artist or shoot dime sized groups on paper, but I will be able to put multiple rounds in the vital areas of a human.  Second, and this relates to the last statement made, low recoil.  “Putting rounds on target!!!”  For a lot less money, I can practice my sight alignment and trigger pulls.

I was perfectly confident in carrying my 22 LR every day but for some reason, I went and purchased a larger caliber gun.

The Smith & Wesson EZ 380.

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It’s made with the S&W compact frame style so it’s almost identical in feel as the Compact 22 LR.  Instead of having a magazine safety, it has a grip safety.  I like that feature because I take my gun into the gym I go to and like that it’s not likely to go off spontaneously in my gym bag.   Also like the Compact 22 LR, it has a thumb safety.  I WILL NOT OWN A GUN WITHOUT A THUMB SAFETY.  Yeah I know I’m the odd man with that as most shooters are the exact opposite.

I checked out a lot of online reviews and watched a lot of Youtube videos about the 380 EZ.

Most of them went like this:

“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR MOTHER.”

“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR SISTER.”

“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR GRANDMOTHER.”

“It’s a great gun, IF YOU ARE A PUSSY AND CAN’T CARRY A .45.”

 

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The 380 EZ holds 8+1 and above is my second time shooting it.  The first time it shot way left and by GOD the allen screw that holds the rear sight for adjustment was soooooooo tight I had to use pliers on the allen wrench to loosen it !!  But, it’s now adjusted and sighted in.  The right target was at 7 yards and the left target was at 5 yards with double tapping (4 1/2 inch circles).  So far, I am very satisfied with this gun.  Like I said earlier, my goal is not to shoot dime sized groups on paper, but to be able to hit a man sized target.

I don’t plan on shooting this gun a lot, I think I can keep shooting the Compact 22 as my primary practice gun and shoot a couple of mags a week of the 380 to keep it in tune.

Two Men Beat Black Man, MAGA Hat Involved…….

 

The incident happened on April 13 in the area of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Dr. According to Montgomery County Police, Crawford and Roberson approached the victim, who was wearing a MAGA hat, and asked why he had it on. Before walking away, the victim told the suspects that he was entitled to his own views.

Authorities say the pair then repeatedly struck the victim, demanding that he take off the hat. When the man fell to the ground, Crawford and Roberson stole and destroyed his belongings.

https://patch.com/maryland/germantown/2-men-charged-after-robbing-assaulting-man-wearing-maga-hat-pd

 

Oops !!! It’s not like you thought it was going to be !!!

 

 

1000 monkeys on 1000 typewriters………

1000 monkeys on 1000 typewriters will eventually write the complete works of Shakespeare.

https://babylonbee.com/news/monkey-with-typewriter-produces-reasonable-alternative-to-green-new-deal

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Actually, that primate would have to just take a crap on the keys and there would be a better plan than the “New Green Deal.”

AOC and her staff are collectively dumber than a bag of bunnies.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

It just ain’t there.

I would have to say that a great many on both sides of the “debate” are woefully under informed.  The layman being under informed is not good, but under informed people in positions of power and influence are dangerous.

I am not by any means an expert, but for the past 15 years, every day I have read about “global warming” and there is exactly zero evidence of such.  Global warming only exists in provable false computer models. Seriously, global warming is destroyed by the simple application of “The Scientific Method.”

It’s just that simple.

 

Chicago Tribune/Conceal Carry Article

Before getting into the Tribune story, I will tell my story.

I recently received my CCL in Illinois.

The two first things:

  • It was embarrassingly simple
  • Based on #1, it is amazing to me that I have not heard more about criminal incidents with CCL holders.

Going back to #1.  The class is 16 hours long including about 2 hours of range time. To qualify for the shooting, you figuratively have to hit the side of a barn 21 times from 5,7,10 yards (10 shots each) and there is no written test to demonstrate that you have knowledge of the law.

I have had my CCL for about two weeks and I have only taken my gun out with me 4-5 times.  I am not completely comfortable with my holster (have ordered a much better one) and quite frankly, if I am not completely comfortable, I won’t be carrying.  The gun I have chosen has a manual safety on it (both my guns have a manual safety) and for now I have a full magazine in the gun but an empty chamber.  Walking around in public with a weapon is a very strange thing and for now, I am being extra careful.  I also need to buy a lock box for my car.

Now, On to the Chicago Tribune story:

Almost nothing is known about dozens of concealed carry shootings in Illinois. Why?

(If the above link is broken, CLICK HERE)

The state police know nothing about the nearly 40 shootings by people with concealed carry licenses since Illinois became the last state to allow them four years ago.

A Tribune review found that most of the shootings have been in public places in the Chicago area, and half the cases have involved concealed carry holders firing to defend themselves or someone else from robbers. At least 11 people have been killed, including a man with a license who tried to fend off carjackers on the West Side.

The state police have not collected any information that might improve the training of license holders and possibly better protect them and the public — a reform suggested by police and gun instructors interviewed by the Tribune.

“That’s not our role,” explained Jessica Trame, chief of the Firearms Services Bureau for the state police. “We have to abide by the concealed carry act. … We issue cards; we revoke those cards from those who are prohibited from having them. And if they are not prohibited, there’s no other action on our side.”

“That’s not our role.”

The state police do not even keep a list of shootings by concealed carry holders.

“That’s not our role.”

Very simple, the CCL law does not require the State Police to track CCL involved shootings

The Tribune combed through police files, court records and news reports to compile its own list. The analysis shows that:

  • Most of those shot by CCL holders have been armed robbers. Others include carjackers, a burglar with a crowbar, a robber with a gun to a clerk’s head, neighbors, an ex-girlfriend, a father-in-law, an unarmed teen stealing a Jeep, a passenger in a car during a road rage attack and a naked man acting “aggressively.”

  • They were shot by homeowners, customers, security guards, store clerks, a Chicago police dispatcher, a Chicago fire lieutenant, a Chicago Park District worker, a tow-truck driver and the owner of a West Side cellphone store.

  • The shootings took place at currency exchanges, phone stores, a driveway between two homes, parking lots, a party, a Loop McDonald’s, a West Side church, a block where children played and a downstate gun range.

So the shootings took place in a variety of locations just like other shootings by a general assortment of people.  Not sure why “children” had to be specifically mentioned. Children are all over the place.

 

Lt. Matthew Boerwinkle, a spokesman for the state police, believes problems with concealed carry holders are few and there is no need for more oversight or transparency.

“You rarely hear of an instance where a CCL holder is using their firearm in an unlawful manner,” he said. “They’re generally law-abiding citizens, and they’ve gone to great lengths to get to where they’re at to have a CCL. And they’ve taken training to get there. And most of them, they understand what the requirements are to use force to defend themselves.”

But the state police cannot support those conclusions because they do not have any data on whether CCL holders have been adequately trained for the situations they have met.

“Cannot support those conclusions..”

Yes they can.

About 40 documented shootings involving a CCL holder in 5 years and there are almost 265,000 CCL holders.

In Illinois, more than 265,000 people have licenses, about 2 percent of the adult population. The law prohibits the release of any information more specific than how many CCL holders are in each ZIP code.

“We need the information to evaluate whether the system is working,” said Kristen Rand, the center’s legislative director. “The statutes were put in place with the idea that they’re going to make the public safer. We should measure whether that’s actually the case.”

 

 

Again, only 40 documented incidents out of 265,00??  Not too bad.

 

To get a license, you must be at least 21 and have a valid firearm owners identification card. You can’t have been convicted of physical violence in the last five years, or had more than two DUIs in the past five years or have any outstanding arrest warrants.

An arrest with charges later dropped does not disqualify you. Fingerprints are not required.

You also must undergo 16 hours of training — usually a weekend — and have hit 21 of 30 targets at close range. To renew a license, required every five years, a person must take a refresher course that covers gun skills.

Few shootings were reported in the first years after the state began issuing licenses in January 2014. Two the first year, three the second year and six in 2016, according to a Tribune review.

But last year the number ballooned to at least 19, most of them in Chicago. In December, there were four shootings in the city in just 10 days, two in one day, according to police reports.

So far this year, there have been at least eight shootings involving CCL holders. Three were reported in a single week in March.

It’s not clear what’s behind the increase, but it may be that people are becoming more comfortable carrying and using guns in public.

BALLOONED TO 18 !!!

Again, 40 in 5 years.

In Illinois, many CCL holders told officers they feared for their lives or others’, but the police reports also document guns drawn in anger. In only a handful of cases have prosecutors filed charges, all of them last year.

  • Last fall, Robert E. Witt, 37, was arrested at his job at a downstate truck stop with a loaded gun on his hip. He was accused of firing the gun months earlier at his wife and was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. No one was hit, though a crime scene photo showed the bullet exited the home directly over a pink children’s ride-on toy. Witt told officers he had “seen green in his head, which to him means that it’s safe to take the shot,” according to an investigator. Bloomington police filled out a clear and present danger form and seized Witt’s concealed carry license.
  • On an 80-degree summer day, Keli McGrath, a Chicago police dispatcher in her late 40s, became embroiled in a road rage incident with an 18-year-old mother of two who was in a car with her kids and her 12-year-old brother. The teen threw soda on McGrath from an open window, and the two women pulled over in a parking lot on Ashland Avenue in Bridgeport. The teen grabbed McGrath by her hair and shoved her. McGrath pulled a 9 mm from her leather holster and shot the teen in the chest. The teen was taken to a hospital in critical condition. McGrath was charged with aggravated battery.
  • Early one morning last September, Lyft driver Jaleesa Rance picked up two men from the Sidetrack nightclub in Lakeview. They started arguing when one of the men said she had taken a wrong turn, according to police. Rance stopped her car, pulled a Smith and Wesson handgun from the center console and told them to “get out of my (expletive) car.” As they left, she yelled a gay slur and said, “I’ll blast you.” She was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon, but was acquitted. Lyft later made clear their drivers are not to have weapons in their cars.
  • Several others have been charged with reckless discharge of a weapon or reckless conduct: a man shooting at “gangbangers” no one else saw, another man shooting into his kitchen floor, a homeowner firing into the air during a party and a judge in DuPage County pulling the trigger of what he thought was a empty gun, sending a bullet through a neighbor’s wall.

The rest of the cases reviewed by the Tribune were found by investigators to be justifiable self-defense.

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Seven out of 40.

40 in 5 years.

And also, no injuries in the above examples.  Doesn’t change the fact that those people did wrong with their guns.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office, which has handled most of the CCL shootings in the state, would not elaborate. “We don’t discuss charging decisions,” spokesman Robert Foley said.

He would not say if there were any cases where police disagreed with prosecutors.

Of the cases cleared by prosecutors, the Oak Park shooting best illustrates how a legal shooting can still pose a threat to public safety.

About 11:15 a.m. on May 27, a 24-year-old man parked around the corner from the U.S. Bank branch at 11 Madison St. and withdrew $260 from the ATM. What happened next is detailed in a stack of witness statements and forensics reports:

The man got back into his Buick Regal as a black BMW tore out of the bank lot, sped down the alley and cut him off. Damon Phillips, 16, jumped out wearing a mask and holding a gun in his hand. The man grabbed his own gun from the center console, and the two fired at each other.

Phillips was hit several times and fell to the ground. The man ran across the parking lot and fired over his shoulder. A couple in a car ducked under the dashboard, a man from Wisconsin hid behind a telephone pole and yelled “Get down!” to a woman driving into the line of fire.

One of the investigators in the case agreed with prosecutors that the shooting was justified, but he felt there were things the CCL holder could have done differently to minimize the risk to himself and others.

After firing at the armed robber, the CCL holder told detectives he took off running across the bank parking lot but heard gunfire behind him. So he shot over his shoulder into the air.

“He felt that might make the others stop shooting at him while not putting innocent people in harm’s way,” the investigator said, asking that he not be named. “Me, I would’ve tried to get cover behind a parked car and return fire from a crouched position.”

Police reports indicate no one went over this point with the CCL holder, and nothing was reported to the state police.

“He felt that might make the others stop shooting at him while not putting innocent people in harm’s way,” the investigator said, asking that he not be named. “Me, I would’ve tried to get cover behind a parked car and return fire from a crouched position.”

Police reports indicate no one went over this point with the CCL holder, and nothing was reported to the state police.

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What difference does it make if the police didn’t discuss second guessing what the Victim should have done???

It’s my personal opinion that I believe that the CCL holder should have been charged based on “shooting over his shoulder into the air.”  But, since there were no injuries, I suspect he was not charged because it would be likely that a jury could find him not guilty based on having just been in an armed robbery.  Tough call for prosecution.

 

The Oak Park investigator believes one way to make CCL holders better and safer is to require 40 hours of training, more than twice what is required now. Those extra hours would include more situational training.

“I tell people you need to be ready all the time,” he said. “Every minute you need to be ready, thinking about how you would react if this or this or this happened, in case something pops off. It’s running scenarios through your mind every time you’re out.”

Instructors who have taught classes in Illinois the last four years say the same thing. Generally, they argue for more hours, more live-fire training and more one-on-one basics at the gun range.

Some instructors were troubled by people who appeared eager to shoot at someone, raising questions whether the screening process is strenuous enough.

More training??

I cannot disagree with that.

People appearing eager to shoot someone reflects on the screening process ????

Does anyone think there should be an “interview” added to the process ??

“I think it’s great that people can defend themselves and it can be good for crime prevention,” said Sara Ahrens, who was in the U.S. Army and stayed on as a reservist when she began working as a Rockford police officer before retiring in 2014. “But I’m not sure the average concealed carry person thinks it through how that situation is going to unfold.”

She speaks from experience.

Ahrens was on the force less than two years when she fatally shot a man who came at her with a knife. Months later, a woman raced at her with a butcher knife, but dropped it seconds before Ahrens had to decide whether to pull the trigger.

“Even as close as she was, I still felt like, at that time, I might miss,” Ahrens said. “It’s a life-or-death situation and you don’t want to make a mistake on that.”

She believes applicants should go through scenarios where they must make tough choices. For example, an applicant should have to pull their weapon and see how long it takes to get a shot off.

Ahrens also favors the state police reviewing shootings with CCL holders and requiring more training when needed.

She noted that police officers, who undergo hundreds of hours of training — including exercises on when and when not to shoot — routinely undergo reviews by independent agencies whenever they use their gun. She doesn’t see why the same routine shouldn’t apply to concealed carry holders.

Sorry I had to put that whole block quote there  but I had to get to the last part about police training vs civilian training.

Seriously??

Comparing apples to asteroids.

Police officers might be in a situation every day.  Considering there have been only 40 documented incidents involving CCL holders, it does not appear that CCL holders are constantly in life threatening situations. The police have far more legal oblagations and resposibilities.

Valinda Rowe with IllinoisCarry, a supporter of the right to carry guns, worries that more restrictions or oversight could leave people with less protection.

“These are real hardships for the people in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, which happen to be the highest in crime,” she said. “The people who, I feel, are most in need of a concealed carry license are the ones who have to find the resources to pay for all the training and the license and then travel outside (Chicago) city limits to practice shooting their weapon.”

This is a valid concern.

If left to the anti gun crowd, they would have tried to make the process as onerous as the original Chicago ban to discourage applicants.

 

Groups like IllinoisCarry and the National Rifle Association give low marks to the state’s concealed carry law. They often cite the fact that Illinois had to be ordered to pass the law by the federal courts after every other state had done so.

I contacted Valina Rowe, spokesperson for IllinoisCarry, and she did confirm that they give the Illinois conceal law low marks, but because of the restrictiveness of the law, not because of the general point of this article, lack of state police supervision.

 

Last year, the magazine Guns & Ammo ranked Illinois as one of the worst states for gun laws (40th), citing the “extensive training required.” It liked Arizona best because the governor had just signed a bill preventing local governments from enacting background checks.

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I checked the 2017 rating by Guns & Ammo, and I did not see “extensive training required” listed in the Illinois ranking.

http://www.gunsandammo.com/second-amendment/best-states-for-gun-owners-2017/

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Illinois gets a bad rap among gun owners thanks to its largest city but the rest of the state’s gun laws aren’t as restrictive as many would assume.  Guns & Ammo’s offices are located in Peoria, in the state’s center.  Illinois became the last state in the nation to implement a concealed carry statue in 2013, subject to a court order.  There is no reciprocity but non-resident permits are available.  Outside of Chicago and a few of its suburbs, black rifles and magazines are unrestricted.  The state’s legislature nearly passed a bill this session that would have placed onerous requirements on gun dealers so it’s not all peaches and cream.  Illinois is pretty-much a no go when it comes to NFA items—only two points are awarded in that category.  A $10 state police-issued FOID (Firearm Owner’s Identification) card is required to purchase or possess a firearm in the state.

 

As in dozens of other states, Illinois will not say who applied for a license, who got them, who didn’t and why. Some police departments will say whether a person involved in a shooting has a FOID card or a concealed carry license. But if they don’t, it’s impossible to find out from state police.

NO WAY, NO HOW SHOULD THE LIST OF CCL HOLDERS BE MADE PUBLIC !

Not only would that make it easy for criminals to find gunless victims, there would be a high probability of left wing gun haters doing all they could to harass the CCL holders.

The agency also will not disclose why nearly 3,400 people have had their concealed carry licenses revoked or suspended. The reasons could range from the license simply expiring to a person carrying a gun while drunk.

“It’s not their role”

Easy enough.

It’s also the law working the way it should. (Taking the CCL from those who violate the law)

It is similarly secretive about objections that can be filed by local law enforcement when there are concerns about an applicant’s criminal history or mental health.

Objections are often overruled, and the state police will not publicly release any information on why.

“It’s not their role” and it’s none of your business.

Many law enforcement agencies don’t even file objections. The state police did not get a single objection from about 40 percent of the state’s 102 counties. Most of the other 60 or so counties have filed fewer than five objections over four years.

“I don’t think I ever have put a (objection) letter on anyone,” said Darby Boewe, the sheriff of Edwards County in southeast Illinois. “I’ve taught a lot of the people here who’ve got their permit. Believe me, if I had one sticking out as unqualified or mentally unfit, I’d be reporting them.”

“Few objections, Sheriff Darby said if he knew of an unfit applicant, he’d object.”

That’s how the system works.

Also very important to note that in order to qualify for an Illinois CCL, one must have a valid FOID card.  The state police have already vetted the FOID applicant so that is the general reason for few objections.

Boewe said he depends on CCL holders to fill the gaps as state police patrols have been cut back.

“I’ve told these people, ‘You may be my backup if I get pinned in,’ and they understand that and they take it serious,” Boewe said. “I’ve never had the first complaint about someone trying to act like a cop and, you believe me, we’re clear with them that they better not get to acting above the law.”

Not really sure if the Sheriff is suggesting that he expects CCL citizens to be involved with police activity??

Not acting above the law?

99% of people already act within the law with or without a CCL.

 

The situation is markedly different in Cook County, where last year the sheriff’s office filed more than 1,050 objections. So far, 394 of the applications have been approved and the office has yet to hear about more than 600 others.

Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Sheriff Tom Dart, was clearly frustrated at the large number of permits issued over the office’s objections. Reviewing applications, and in many cases filing objections in vain, “detracts resources from our ability to combat gun violence in the city or to our other police work we’re doing.”

1,050 objections in Cook County.

Shocking !!

Considering the population of Cook County, the amount of crime in Cook County and the fact that Cook County has 74,000 CCL holders.  Also a high probability that some of those objections may even be political or personal.

One case in particular underlines that frustration.

The office had filed an objection against a man whose profile photos on Facebook showed him flashing what appeared to be gang signs. In one of the photos, he had a gun tucked in the waistband of his jeans as he sat on the hood of a car.

The seven-person state review board issued him a CCL anyway. In 2015, one of his weapons was taken away after an arrest for theft. Court records show he asked for the gun back — and his request was granted.

“Facebook photos of the applicant flashing gang signs and having a gun in his waistband.”

Neither of those are criminal activities. Neither of those disqualify him as an applicant.

A week before Christmas last year, he drove to the parking lot at a McKinley Park Target store and met Jermaine Marshall, 21, who had arrived by Lyft, according to the police report.

Marshall walked up to the CCL holder’s car and the Lyft driver heard shots. The holder sped off, leaving Marshall dead on the pavement, police said. Officers caught up with the CCL holder, who told police he had intended to return to the scene.

He said he was the victim of a robbery and has not been charged, though police say he remains under investigation. The state police have not been notified, and so there is nothing in their records about the shooting if the man chooses to renew his license.

Is this guy a gangbanger and had a deal go bad?

Who knows.

The state police have not been notified?

“It’s not their role.”

If he gets convicted of a gun, well, then there’s an actionable issue.

 

 

Over all, I was quite surprised  with the general tone of this article in the formerly great Chicago Tribune.  Also considering it was a front page story on a Sunday edition.

I am actually going to agree with some of the general premise of the article.

I do think that the CCL class should be more difficult with at least a written test to document the fact that the applicant has knowledge of the carry laws.

There should be role playing situations.

I say that because I do take my CCL very serious and I would want every CCL holder to be as serious as I am for the sake of all of us.