Illinois Concealed Carry Applications Outpace Obamacare Enrollment

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Illinois Concealed Carry Applications Outpace Obamacare Enrollment

women-gun-class-reuters On the heels of a federal court striking down Chicago’s ban on gun sales, those seeking gun permits in Illinois flooded the State Police website over the weekend to begin the permitting process.

In fact, the amount of Illinois residents seeking a conceal carry permit already surpasses those who enrolled in Obamacare after the first two months of the launch of The Chicago Sun-Times reported 4,525 individuals signed up on Sunday alone for their firearms permits, when the State Police first opened the process to all concealed carry applicants.

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said that number is included in Sunday’s total of more than 11,000 people who have signed up because of an early application process that began December 18 and was open to only firearm instructors. Officials told theSun-Times they expect 350,000 to 400,000 people (about 1,000 per day) will sign up for conceal carry firearm permits this year.

“So far, we’re pleased with the process,” Bond said. “The early application process allowed us to work out several issues.”

Illinois State Police have up to 90 days to approve or reject applicants if their applications are completed and their fingerprints are submitted in an electronic format. Illinois became the last state to pass legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons. The five-year permits cost $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents.

In contrast, the number of Illinois residents going to over a two-month period and enrolling in Obamacare is currently on a slower pace than those looking to become conceal carry permit holders. Only 7,043 Illinoisans were enrolled in Obamacare plans two months after the website’s launch, the Chicago Tribune reported in December.

Additionally, reports say that in the same month, Illinois officials told 30,000 residents who applied at to re-do their applications, as applicants were denied private coverage and the government mistakenly referred them to Medicaid. The issue has yet to be resolved.

Pre-Fill Your Illinois Conceal Carry License Application Today

18 Dec. 2013

ISPSEAL bw.jpg The Illinois State Police have now unveiled the website where future concealed carriers in Illinois will be able to submit their application.  Today the site went into beta testing for currently approved concealed carry instructors.  While there were a few known bugs reported, the process seemed to go fairly smoothly.

As an added bonus, individuals wanting to apply for a permit may also complete the application, but aren’t permitted to the last step, payment. This will open on January 5th. Interested parties can however enter in 90% of their information for the application, and have it saved on the site (Since they are still testing, it is possible the information could be lost).

Before starting the application process, make sure you have the following:

  • Illinois Digital ID (used to login)
  • Foid Card
  • Driver’s License
  • TCN # (If providing fingerprints)
  • Scanned copy of your Illinois Concealed Carry Certificate
  • Scanned copy of your 1st 8 hours of training (NRA Basic Pistol, DD 214, etc.)
  • Photo within the past 30 days – Head and Shoulders shot on a light background
  • Payment – eCheck or Credit Card (Won’t be able to submit payment until January 5th 2014)

If your are experiencing any trouble with the application process, the IllinoisCarry Forums are a great source of information.

Concealed Carry Insurance Options

ccwsafeIt’s something that no one who carries a concealed weapon wants to consider but  or those that choose to carry a concealed weapon, the possibility of needing a legal service for defending you in a self defense shooting is ever present.  We’ll take a look at several different services that provide legal representation should you find  yourself in need of a legal defense.

CCWSafe.Com describes themselves as the following:

“For Concealed Carry Permit Holders (CCW, CHL, HCP, HCL, CPL, and HR218-LE): If our members are involved in a use of force incident we provide the best defense attorneys in the U.S., expert witnesses, and investigators specially trained in use of force lawsuits and investigations. No optional memberships, no additional fees.”

CCW makes it clear this is not the same thing as insurance, and that you won’t have to pay deductibles with their service. But they don’t make clear why that might be a bad thing. The terms of service notes that any monetary judgements rendered against a member is the responsibility of the member.” So if you shoot someone with your concealed weapon and lose the case, you’re on the hook for the payout. If you’re insured, the insurance company should cover part of the penalty. Concealed weapon carriers interested in this type of service should be aware that CCWSafe does not cover monetary judgements.

Second Call Defense

Second Call Defense has a variety of membership levels to suit any budget. Depending on the level you choose, your membership can include …

  • Up to $1 MILLION Civil Suit Defense Protection

– UNLIMITED at the Ultimate Level

  • Up to $250,000 Civil Suit Damages Protection
  • Up to $250,000 Accidental Shooting Protection
  • Up to $50,000 Criminal Defense Reimbursement
  • Up to $25,000 Immediate Cash for Bond up to $250,000
  • Up to $10,000 Immediate Attorney Retainer
  • Up to $500 per Day Compensation While in Court

Launched in February, Second Call Defense provides its paying members not only training and education on the topics of responsible self-defense and firearms ownership, but also legal assistance every step of the way in the event of a self-defense related shooting. To ensure this, the company offers a 24/7 emergency legal hotline, local attorney referrals, financial support to cover court-related costs, as well as compensation during court. Second Call memberships also include NRA-backed insurance for accidental shootings, which includes criminal defense reimbursement, civil suit defense protection and civil suit damages protection. But unlike the NRA’s own coverage, Second Call offers immediate financial helpby providing money for bail and an attorney retainer.

The company was started when the founders realized that in most shooting cases, even those that are justifiable, the gun owner is left pretty much on their own, both legally and financially. And even if the shooting is declared justifiable, the one firing the shots may still endure legal battles or even serve jail time before his or her actions are declared justifiable. From company literature, they saw that there was little or no support available for those who exercised their Second Amendment rights for protection, and they sought to fill that need. Second Call Defense claims that they will be there every single step of the way for their members, from the moments following the first call to 911.

Illinois State Police Have Approved Illinois Concealed Carry Instructors

Septehmber 7th, 2013

As of today, the Illinois State Police, have officially approved the first applications for concealed carry instructors in Illinois.  The approved instructor list can be viewed here: Illinois State Police Approved Concealed Carry Instructors. Look for these instructors to soon release the class schedules for Illinois concealed carry classes.

Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor Applications Now Available

Illinois State Police say applications for training to be a concealed-carry instructor are now available.

Link to Instructor application. 

>State police made the announcement Friday, a week before a Sept. 6 deadline to make the paperwork available for those who want to teach concealed-carry classes in Illinois.

Those who want to apply for a concealed-carry license in Illinois must successfully complete training from an approved Illinois concealed-carry firearms instructor.

Illinois concealed-carry licenses will be available in early January.

How to use a conceal carry IWB holster

For those that have never carried a concealed firearm before, this is a great video on how to properly utilize an IWB holster.


Illinois Passes CCW into Law!


illinoisccw SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature.

The House and Senate voted to override Quinn’s amendatory veto of a legislative compromise aimed at satisfying a federal court deadline for legalizing some form of public possession of firearms. Illinois was the last state without some form of legal concealed carry, but the appeals court ruled late last year that the ban was unconstitutional.

While Tuesday’s court deadline for passing a law was a major motivating factor, the 77-31 House vote and 41-17 Senate roll call were more than a rejection of Quinn’s efforts to toughen the regulations — they were a repudiation of the Democratic governor’s leadership style by a Democratic-led legislature.

Quinn, who has said he will seek a second elected term as governor next year, found Democrats assailing his lack of direct involvement in the legislative negotiations that led to the compromise bill that originally passed the General Assembly on May 31— the final day of the spring session.

“It was all grandstanding and he should be ashamed of himself,” said Rep. Brandon Phelps, the Harrisburg Democrat who sponsored the override.

“He thumbed his nose at our compromise,” said Phelps, who had accused Quinn of political pandering to voters supportive of tight gun control in Democratic-dominated Cook County. Phelps said the House and Senate votes send a “pretty strong message to the governor that he was wrong the whole time.”

The complaints about Quinn’s handling of the gun debate mirrored those from lawmakers on Illinois’ most vexing issue — the state’s massive unfunded liability for public employee pensions. Lawmakers also blew through Quinn’s Tuesday deadline for a special bipartisan panel to come up with a pension fix — something that has been elusive for the past two years.

“Anyone who doesn’t understand that we’re going to run this bill over his objections doesn’t understand government,” Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, said about the gun bill. He urged the governor not to make the same mistake on pensions: “I want Gov. Quinn to get in the game.”

Quinn had issued a blanket criticism of lawmakers — including gun control allies who supported the bill — as “genuflecting” to the National Rifle Association. Following the vote, he defended his efforts to work with lawmakers but said the General Assembly had “surrendered” to the NRA.

“With respect to working and getting the job done, I think the people of Illinois know that I work every day for their common good. I believe in gun safety, and I’m going to always speak out about that. I don’t think people should have their lives and property harmed by people with loaded concealed weapons who don’t, under the law, deserve to have them,” he said.

Quinn promised to continue seeking the changes he had proposed, including banning firearms from establishments that sell any alcohol, limiting a person to carrying one concealed firearm at a time, and restricting magazines for concealed weapons to no more than 10 rounds.

The governor was successful in peeling off some votes from gun control advocates. The measure originally got 89 House votes and 45 Senate votes. But faced with the prospect that the legislature’s failure to enact a law could lead to unregulated concealed carry, even gun control supporters in the legislature urged an override of the governor.

Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who negotiated the measure on behalf of gun control advocates, said he felt conflicted by rejecting Quinn’s changes because he originally sought to include many of them. He warned that voting with Quinn was a “political vote” but one that endangered public safety if no law was enacted.

“There’s no more time,” Raoul said. “We are here on July 9th and if the members of this chamber have the interests of public safety at their heart, they would vote ‘yes’ to override.”

It will be several months before qualified gun owners can carry a concealed firearm outside their homes while the Illinois State Police puts together licensing procedures and applicant reviews.

But the legislature’s decision to override Quinn and stick to its agreed-upon compromise may represent only a short-lived truce between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters in a state where there is a vast divergence over how firearms are viewed, dependent largely upon cultural and regional differences.

Even a late effort by lawmakers to amend another bill to reflect three mostly minor changes that the governor had proposed ended up falling short of the votes needed in the House after first passing the Senate.

Phelps acknowledged now that the law is in effect, “you’re going to see political posturing on both sides of this issue.”

Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont, the Senate Republican leader, told colleagues that “I don’t think this is the last time we’re going to be discussing this issue.” And Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, a gun control supporter, said “it is a very safe bet that we will be back” fighting over changes in the new law.

Cassidy noted the new law removes the ability of larger communities to set some of their own gun laws and said she feared gun rights supporters are “going to be back here time after time after time chipping away at all the things that everyone has lauded as the great protections.”

Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said lawmakers “can and should add more protections to when and how people can carry guns in public places. I believe in give-and-take and compromise, but we can’t bargain away the safety of our families.”

Richard Pearson, who heads the Illinois State Rifle Association, cheered the vote of legislators to overcome Quinn’s efforts to make the legislation more restrictive. But he also said that the new law was “not perfect” and that it would be reviewed and fine-tuned when necessary.

The governor, whose political roots were established by embracing populist causes, has found his grass-roots support on major issues tested as he faces a primary challenge next year from Bill Daley and, perhaps, Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Quinn maintained he has the support of Illinois residents in his quest to impose tougher gun regulations.

“The people of Illinois are good and true and we are going to get the amendments I outlined,” Quinn said. “We’re going to have to fight ever harder to get them adopted one by one by this legislature because that’s what makes common sense to the people of Illinois.”


Madison County Illinois States Attorney to Allow CCW

Madison County Illinois States Attorney, Thomas Gibbons, Issues Statement Allowing CCW by FOID Card Holders in Madison County, Illinois!

June 6th, 2013 by IllinoisCCW.Org


Thomas Gibbons  In a statement released by States Attorney Thomas Gibbons, Madison County, Illinois will be the first county in Illinois to allow law abiding citizens that hold a valid FOID card to lawfully conceal carry firearms. This comes in the midst of the on going CCW debacle unfolding in Illinois politics.

To read the statement in its entirety, please see here: Madison County, Illinois Right To Carry Statement

Now is the time to contact your State’s Attorney to see if they will follow suit.



General Assembly Passes Illinois Concealed Carry Bill – Bill Heads to Governor Quinn’s Desk

Illinois Conceal Carry Permit CCW SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The General Assembly has passed a bill that would make Illinois the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry .

The 45-12 tally sealed a deal that Senate Democrats worked out with the House, which had similar but rival legislation that failed in the Senate. After the Senate vote, the House passed the bill 89-28, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.

Friday is the last scheduled day of the Legislature’s spring session, and just days before the court-ordered gun law deadline of June 9. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois’ ban on the public possession of concealed weapons is unconstitutional.

Last week, the House overwhelmingly adopted a more permissive plan 85-30. But Senate Democrats voted it down, objecting to a provision that invalidated all existing local firearms ordinances, such as Chicago’s assault-weapons ban.

The negotiated settlement would allow local governments to retain those rules, but require the enactment of concealed carry. Local governments would also be blocked from approving new rules for transporting guns and assault-weapon restrictions.

Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat and supporter of tighter restrictions, conceded ground on carrying guns in establishments that serve alcohol. Residents would be allowed to carry guns into restaurants and other business that serve alcohol if liquor comprises no more than 50 percent of their sales.

Chicago Democrats would have gotten all of what they requested in terms of specific gun-free zones, including mass transit buses and trains, schools, other government buildings, parks, hospitals and street festivals.

Mayor Emanuel issued a written statement offering measured praise for the legislation that passed.

“This bill strikes a better balance between the rights of gun owners and the unique public safety needs of Chicago and other municipalities than previous proposals,” the mayor said. “This legislation will allow Chicago to set its own policies on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines, reporting of lost and stolen guns, and the location of gun shops. It also prohibits carrying loaded guns on public transportation, in our parks and schools, in bars and in government buildings.”

But Rep. Brandon Phelps, a southern Illinois Democrat who sponsored the House proposal, was able to keep in a provision that automobiles should be a “safe harbor,” meaning a secured gun could be kept in a car, even if it’s parked in a prohibited place.

Five videos that show Illinois concealed carry supporters have already won

Sen. John Cullerton and “wild women”


Sen. Don Harmon


Rep. Brandon Phelps


More Sen. Don Harmon


Sen. Christine Radogno


SPRINGFIELD – People who want to legally carry a gun in Illinois can celebrate.

The legislature still has yet to agree on a concealed carry law, but the argument on the issue of concealed carry is over. And concealed carry supporters won.

The argument ended sometime between the Illinois House vote on concealed carry last Friday and the Illinois Senate committee hearing on concealed carry Tuesday.

Here are five pieces of evidence that show concealed carry supporters won.

The debate is now about where you will be able to carry a gun, not if you will be able to carry a gun. Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, has been one of the biggest gun controllers in Illinois. Even he is signaling support for a concealed carry law.

No one wants to go past the June 9 deadline anymore. State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, acknowledges that Illinois is going to have to meet the federal court deadline on concealed carry.

The two plans still on the table are very similar on concealed carry. Sen. Harmon and state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, say the only difference between the plans is legal language for other gun laws.

But even the plan favored by the Illinois Senate would allow people to legally carry a gun in Illinois, including the city of Chicago.

Concealed carry is no longer an issue that pits farmers against city folk. Guns have always been a regional issue, but suburban GOP Leader Christine Radogno said her district is evolving on the issue.

Illinois lawmakers have until Friday at midnight (or shortly thereafter) to approve concealed carry legislation. That is plenty of time for a compromise to be worked out.