Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Aurora's Track Day

My daughter Aurora at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven MI August 2009. The track day was sponsored by Motoworks Chicago.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Concealed Carry in Illinois.

The Illinois Supreme court ruled on October 8th on the definition of a "case" as it relates to the definition of a gun case under Illinois Law. The court ruled that a "case" is basically anything you put a gun in. I wrote a post over at Illinoiscarry.com that I thought I would share here.

OK, what I have learned here in the last few days. Reading about the recent law change signed by Governor Quin on where you can have a firearm, reading the diggins case, reading the wildlife code section about cases, and reading the ISP PDF file on transporting a firearm, I have come to the following conclusion.

Remember, this is just my opinion, and I am not a lawyer, so if you follow my assumptions, the only thing you will be able to tell the arresting offices is that "Kurt thinks this is what these laws mean".

I have come to the conclusion that Illinois needs a CCW statute that has the requirements necessary to have reciprocity with the majority of other CCW states. In lieu of that happening I think one can carry in Illinois subject to the following:

1: You have a valid FOID card.
2: The weapon is unloaded and completely sealed in a case. (Ammo in the same case is OK)
3: The case is designed to contain a firearm (Wildlife code)
4: You are not withing the boundaries of any home rule community that has their own firearms ordinance.
5: If on private property, you have permission to be there with a weapon. (Rep John Brady, Marion Bill to clarify property/firearm possession)
(Example: Don't go into Best Buy or the like that have signs saying they can search your bags.)
6: You are not in any "restricted" areas such as an airport, school, courthouse, etc.
7: You do not open the "case".

If I am missing anything please feel free to let me know. So , I think "fanny pack" carry is now legal as long as you adhere to the above rules.

(Example: You can legally carry in a "fanny pack" that was designed as a gun case meeting all of the above from your car, into a shooting range/gun store.)

This is crazy. Time to have a proper CCW law in Illinois.

Link to view the Supreme Court decision