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Why Does Illinois Persist In Being Different?
by Don Bekeleski

Why Does Illinois Persist in Being Different? 

As we all know Illinois does persist, especially in the area of the 2nd Amendment. The rest of the states in our nation have all passed a concealed carry law for their citizens.  

They believe in the 2nd Amendment and what it stands for. The real foolish thing is that Illinois doesn’t have a serious reason not to pass it. It works in all the other states with no major problems. It has proven itself over and over that when law-abiding citizens are armed, crime goes down! 

It proves that criminals like unarmed victims. They don’t want to take a chance at doing a criminal activity on someone when there is a chance they may lose their life doing it. The other states have even advanced their conceal carry laws by passing Castle Doctrines.

They have added places that people can carry that were not on the original list. Wisconsin even allows it in their state Capitol. Wow, hasn’t been any trouble there. 

Other states have now passed constitutional carry. This means that if you do not have a felony, you may carry. No permit needed!

Some states have even passed Campus carry. Courts have over-ruled cases to stop campus carry. It seems like everyone but Illinois seem to trust their citizens to carry and protect themselves. Other states even protect the citizen over the criminal. 

The revenue that Illinois is losing alone on not having CC is tremendous!

Up to the time I am writing this article just fewer than 84,000 people have applied for cc permits in Wisconsin at $50 a piece... That amounts to $4,200,000 in revenue.

This state is worried about paying bills and owing everyone and all they have to do is pass Conceal Carry to be rolling in dough!

 But because of some legislator’s dislike of the 2nd Amendment and the thought of letting the law abiding protect themselves they remain broke! The state also would have money to update the State Police equipment, which now can’t even get the FOID cards out on time. 

So looking at the comparatives with the states that have concealed Carry, they are doing way better than Illinois.

Their crime has dropped drastically, their streets are safer, they have much revenues coming in from permits and the people in those states are happy with their legislators and are constantly re-electing  them.

Wouldn’t you vote for someone who gave you the right to defend you and your family outside your home and wherever you travel?

 You betcha you would! 

So we come back again to ask our legislators to please explain their stubbornness. When things are good in carry states, why do you persist in denying the people of Illinois the same right other states have found no problems with? You can’t even give us one good reason why!

Not one!

You can’t say it will cause more shootings, because there is no place that has occurred in the other states. As Sgt. Friday used to say, “The facts sir, we just want the facts!” And the facts all show different! 

This is an election year folks.

Please take time to call the headquarters of anyone you are going to vote for and just ask "I would like to know his or her stance on conceal carry?“ Don’t put it any other way, so they can tell which side of the issue you are on—just simply ‘what is their stance’. 

We can turn this around; especially with the help of the people of Chicago and Cook County whose Reps have gridlocked this bill. If you want self-defense, vote only for the person that will give it to you! It only takes a phone call to find out.

Forget the party affiliations. If you vote for someone because you have to—it is not a vote—it becomes a duty and not a choice! 

Engage as many people as possible in a conversation about Conceal Carry that you can, especially those who are against it. Tell them you want to know why they are against it and it will be very easy to blow all kinds of holes in their arguments with just facts.

The body count in Chicago keeps going up and just think how many lives would have been saved if the citizens had a right to defend themselves?  


If you elect the same people or vote for someone because you have always been a Democrat or Republican we will lose again.

Before the election, visit the NRA political website to find the rating of all your candidates—put it in your favorites:

Check the ISRA website before the election to find the endorsements made by the ISRA  on state and federal candidates.  The one time you physically can do something to change things is when you vote! 

Whatever you do, check the candidate out first. If they have a past record of voting against the 2nd Amendment, it’s time for you to vote against them.

Put a sign on your lawn for the right person and tell all your friends and neighbors we need help to elect the right people. The others are still out there and they still want to take your guns! 

So why does Illinois still persist—one reason and one reason only.

It’s because people do not check out the candidates and do not vote for the right ones.

Most everyone south of I-80 is doing that, but the Northern part of the state needs to wake up—check your candidates—then vote!

It’s all up to us; every one of us has to vote Freedom First!! If not, freedom will surely lose!

We either hang together or hang separately!

This article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the official position of the ISRA.

Webmaster's note:
Have you ever questioned whether you can actually give the gift of a firearm? Is that a straw sale? We found the following text in the ATF 4473 form helpful, pertaining to question 11a:

Question 11.a. Actual Transferee/Buyer:
For purposes of this form, you are the actual buyer if you are purchasing the firearm for yourself or otherwise acquiring the firearm for yourself (e.g., redeeming the firearm from pawn/retrieving it from consignment, firearm raffle winner). You are also the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm as a legitimate gift for a third party. ACTUAL BUYER EXAMPLES: Mr. Smith asks Mr. Jones to purchase a firearm for Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith gives Mr. Jones the money for the firearm. Mr. Jones is NOT THE ACTUAL TRANSFEREE/BUYER of the firearm and must answer "NO" to question 11a. The licensee may not transfer the firearm to Mr. Jones. However, if Mr. Brown goes to buy a firearm with his own money to give to Mr. Black as a present, Mr. Brown is the actual buyer of the firearm and should answer "YES" to question 11a. However, you may not transfer a firearm to any person you know or have reasonable cause to believe is prohibited under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), (n), or (x).

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