When the Supreme Court struck down the Washington D.C. handgun ban firearm
owners breathed a collective sigh of relief. We thought the Heller vs.
Washington D.C. decision would end the more than forty years of attacks on law
abiding gun owners. We were wrong – within days of the Heller decision, leaders
of the gun control movement were proclaiming that although Heller does away with
handgun bans, the Court gave a green light to a whole new generation of
“reasonable gun controls”.
Here are a few examples. Washington D.C. has issued only 9 permits to own
handguns. They also prohibited semi autos so they all are revolver permits.
Semi-auto’s are the choice of 70% of the people who want a firearm for self
defense. There is only one dealer in Washington D.C.; you have to buy from that
dealer alone because you can’t buy a handgun in any other place – BY LAW. You
can’t buy a gun in Virginia, Maryland, or anywhere else.
As you know, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) led the charge against
the City of Chicago. Mayor Daley has vowed to fight the ISRA and the law abiding
citizens who simply want to defend themselves. Mayor Daley has vowed to fight to
keep his handgun ban. I would guess the lawsuit will take at least 18 months.
The Village of Evanston is a great example of what is going on. Evanston had a
total handgun ban. Now they have changed their ordinance with advice from whom –
the Brady Campaign, of course. Evanston did not ask the ISRA, the NRA, any group
who is pro-gun, or knows anything about gun safety, marksmanship, or guns in
general. The new ordinance has a few restrictions. They now allow you to have a
handgun in your home, but you can’t transport it there, take it for safety
training, repair, or practice. Evanston’s new ordinance to “comply with Heller”
is simply a reformatted attack on the Second Amendment.
What we have is a group of national, state, and local politicians thumbing their
nose at the Supreme Court and continuing to stomp on your Second Amendment
rights. If you think the fight is over – guess again.
What is coming could even be worse. In 1996, Barak Obama was a completely
unknown anti-gun candidate running for the Illinois Senate. In a few weeks he
could be the next President of the United States. This is now the time for all
hunters, sportsmen, and gun owners to get active and get in the fight. The next
two elections, the 2008 and the 2010, are going to be critical. The first thing
you need to do is join the Illinois State Rifle Association so you can get the
inside information about what is really going on. You can join via our web-site
at www.isra.org/join, or by calling our
office at 815.635.3198.