from Todd Vandermyde, NRA.
[Edited for readability.]
Today, lawyers on behalf of Mary Shepard filed a answer to the AG’s request for en bancreview. I’m pleased with the way it addressed the issues and presented the case.
With all this talk about right to carry seems more and more people are trying to get into the act. Lt. Gov Simon has decided to form some sort of working group on concealed carry. As a Southern Illinois Democrat, she hopes to bring people together.
Not gonna happen. Simon has never met a gun control bill she didn’t like. So I don’t see what she brings to the table other than another anti-gun view she gained from a liberal college setting in Southern Illinois.
Of course, I will sit here with bated breath awaiting my invitation to here little group.
Which brings us to where we are today:
We know the anti-gunners have been meeting with the governor’s office for a couple of months on a carry bill. We know they have a wish list that you just wouldn’t believe.
We know they figure they will deal some of this stuff away.
And we know they must not be taking their meds because they think they can pass some version of a “may issue”, highly restrictive bill without preemption for Chicago and other home rule cities across Illinois.
We had 65 votes on the last carry bill in the House in 2011. The court ruling has, from my perspective, broken the back of the opposition.
Now they are trying to seek some sort of compromise. Well, for two years [Editor: decades, actually], they didn’t want to talk.
So now they can talk to the hand.
We know that there are moves being made within Illinois State Police to prepare for a carry law.
It seems that the anti-gunners think they know how to actually pass a bill, but I’m kinda at a loss to remember the last one they wrote and passed. There seems to be a group in the Governor’s inner circle that seems to feel they are actually in control on this issue.
The bill we’re going to push was sent to the drafting bureau a couple of weeks ago and we are awaiting it arrival so we can introduce it. We think it will make it in this week.
We should retain our votes for the bill and with that, the ability to shutdown any bad bill.
After all the work we have done on this, I really don’t see our supporters walking away with half a loaf or less.
Taking it all in, I smell desperation on the part of the anti-gunners. In the middle of what should be their hay day with the Newton shooting, they failed to get enough support for a magazine ban or semi-auto ban.
And now they think they can dictate the terms of a carry bill?
I don’t think so.
Matter of fact, I know they can’t.
Hang on, it’s gonna get really interesting in the next couple of weeks.