SB2193, the House Speaker Michael Madigan-crafted and endorsed carry bill introduced by Brian Phelps, clears its House committee with a vote of 13-3.
We’re expecting a vote on it tomorrow in the House.
It’s expected to get about 80 votes, way more than 71 needed to over-ride Gov. Quinn’s likely veto.
There’s some stories on the wires about it this morning.
Here’s a link to one from the Pantagraph.
And another from the State Journal-Register.
Illinois legislation allowing public possession of concealed guns has passed the House Judiciary Committee. It was a compromise backed by Speaker Michael Madigan.
The measure was endorsed Thursday 13-3 and goes to the full House Friday. It comes two weeks before a June 9 deadline set by a federal appeals court for Illinois to abandon its prohibition on the public possession of weapons.
Again, if you haven’t read the genesis of this from yesterday, it can be had here.
If I had to summarize my thoughts on this bill in a nutshell:
It’s a huge win for the 40% of Illinoisans who live in Cook County. Not only do they get a shall-issue carry law, but we’re rolling back all sorts of local gun restrictions that have kept them disarmed and at the mercy of thugs and predators for decades now.
Think about it, folks. In post-Sandy Hook America, where else are we rolling back so-called black gun bans, gun registration schemes and all sorts of other rules and regulations that keep guns out of the hands of good people?
It’s a huge win for Chicago residents.
For Mayor “Little Ballerina” Rahm and Toni “My son gets arrested” Preckwinkle, they’re feeling the bus tires rolling across them as the crown jewels of leftist gun control are on the conveyor belt into the chipper.
For the rest of us, eh, it’s not such a hot deal. It’s an onerous bill.
But, making lemonade out of these lemons, it’s a heckuva lot better than what we’ve got right now as I’m sitting here with an unloaded gun in a fanny pack… and most of you are reluctant to even do that.
Yeah, it’s expensive. Yeah, there’s a 180 day delay in implementation. Yeah, it’s a pain in the butt. Yeah, there are quite a few prohibited locations.
But it’s a major win in that we’re liberalizing gun laws in a liberal state after Sandy Hook.
That is a big win.
I’ve taken a couple of hot calls this morning. Folks, you can’t blame the NRA or anyone else except the politicians who got weak kneed and wouldn’t stand by us in order for us to be in a strong negotiating place.
And frankly, if you haven’t been making phone calls and writing letters, you need to look into the mirror on why we’re at where we are at with said politicians.
You can make up for that by contacting your legislator, RIGHT NOW, and ask them to vote NO on any magazine bans or gun bans. Do it.
And if you didn’t vote last election? Well, there’s a chance to redeem yourself by voting in the next election and the one after that.