I was born and raised in Springfield, IL. I hunted, fished & trapped all over Illinois. I held an FOID card for many years and served in the US Army for over 20 years.
I retired from the Army out of Iraq in 2004. Whether I was living in Colorado or Arizona I enjoyed either concealed carry or constitutional carry. Until I returned to Illinois to visit. I had to surrender my rights before crossing the border and live as a largely defenseless victim for the duration of my visit. I recall numerous times unloading my guns, putting them in gun cases and placing it all out of reach from the driver’s seat.
Especially when I had Colorado tags, the worried I’d be profiled as running marijuana.
Bottom line sir, our country is in a sorry state of affairs. I identify as AMERICAN and my pronouns are gun owner/oath keeper/voter.
Thank you for your fine organization and keeping up the good fight.
SFC William Mangalavite
US Army retired
No longer in Illinois…