Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Right To Carry Town Hall - Bourbonnais

I would like to extend an invitation for you to join me at my second Right to Carry Town Hall Meeting, this time in Bourbonnais, presented by IllinoisCarry.com.

49 states have concealed carry provisions for law-abiding citizens which recognize the right to carry a defensive firearm for personal and family protection.  That means that 49 states have some form of right to carry law in place.

Illinois is the last and only state to prohibit carrying a firearm for personal protection; it is also a felony to do so.

If you have questions or concerns about the Right to Carry, I invite you to please come to this important meeting and present your questions to the panel of experts who will be on hand to address this important issue.  If you find Illinois laws regarding self-defense alarming and you want Illinois to join the rest of the nation, come find out what you can do about it!

The event is Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.  It will be held at the Village of Bourbonnais in their Community Room.

Please pass on the word to anyone you think may be interested.  See you on the 24th!


Also, we have added another Concealed Firearm Class since both this past weekend filled up so quickly! The new one will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 8am-noon at the Morris City Hall. Please go towww.anywhereccw.com to register. Class size is limited to 40 participants, so register now! Contact my office if you'd like more information.

Pam Roth
State Representative – 75th District

Monday, September 10, 2012

More of the Same From Chicago

More Of The Same From Chicago!
Courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation

Chicago politicians have a long and consistent history of opposing the Second Amendment. Their rigid anti-gun ideology ultimately resulted in the historic Supreme Court case, McDonald v. Chicago, which overturned Chicago’s handgun ban. But local pols have not surrendered their anti-gun crusade.
And in order to further that agenda, according to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article, Chicago now has violated federal law.
The article explains that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) gave firearm trace information to the University of Chicago (U of C) Crime Lab to “analyze” and publish a report for the Department. The report concluded guns recovered from Chicago crimes were purchased outside of the city limits.
We don’t know how much the taxpayers of Chicago paid for this “report,” but it’s clear they didn’t get their money’s worth. It’s not rocket science behind the report findings, as there are no firearm retailers within Chicago city limits. And given the anti-gun pedigree of the U of C Crime Lab, the legitimacy of the study itself in in serious question.
The executive director of the U of C Crime Lab, Roseanna Ander, has a long history of anti-gun advocacy. Ander’s served as co-chair of Mayor Emanuel’s Public Safety Transition Committee, head of the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence program, and as a Soros Justice Fellow in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In fact, Chicago based Joyce Foundation is the leading funder of anti-gun advocacy groups in the country, with its largest beneficiary being the anti-gun Violence Policy Center.
This “study” was based in firearm trace data. When a firearm is confiscated at a crime scene or criminal arrest, a police department may forward information to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) to determine who made and sold the firearm. Agencies may also trace guns for reasons that have nothing to do with a criminal incident. BATF then sends back the information to the reporting agency so they can use it in a criminal case, if warranted.
Release of this data for anything other than a bona fide criminal investigation is prohibited by federal law, for very good reasons. The data used for this study should not have been released by CPD for a “published study” under current law. Doing so is a violation of the Tiahrt amendment—which was passed to protect the safety and privacy of law-abiding gun owners, police officers, witnesses, and gun dealers—by prohibiting agencies from releasing this information to non-law enforcement entities.
In fact, the pandemic of frivolous lawsuits against gun manufactures in the 1990’s stirred the need for such a law to protect privacy. It’s no surprise that Chicago was one of the cities to file such a suit, and their claims also involved trace data then, even though BATF itself has long maintained that trace data can’t be used to draw meaningful conclusions. Tiahrt was passed in response to these abuses. So in that sense, Chicago brought the privacy protections on trace data down upon itself.
Of course, Chicago politicians and bureaucrats have a long and extensive record of circumventing their citizens’ Second Amendment Rights, so this abuse is part of a pattern. Garry McCarthy, Superintendent of the Chicago PD learned the ropes under Mike Bloomberg in New York City. In Chicago, he called federal gun laws government-sponsored racism.
McCarthy is not alone. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long harbored deep anti-gun beliefs, and was once identified as “our guy in the White House” by the Brady Campaign. He worked for Mayor Daly, served in the Clinton White House, sponsored anti-gun legislation in Congress, worked for the Obama Administration, and since becoming Mayor has pushed for more restrictions on law-abiding citizens in Illinois.
These attacks by anti-gun politicians and bureaucrats must stop. They must be held accountable for violating federal law. This release of trace data is not an isolated incident. Further transgressions can be corrected if Congress decides to add penalties to the prohibition against release of trace data.
Stand up against those who ignore the law to push their anti-gun agenda. Register to vote today, and make a change in November.

Saturday, September 1, 2012



MORRIS, IL - Rep. Pam Roth (R-Morris) today has announced a concealed firearm permit class she will be hosting within her district on Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

The Utah Concealed Carry class will be held at the Morris City Hall, 700 N. Division Street from 8:00am to noon for constituents and any other area resident at least 21 years of age who would like to take the class and obtain the permit. The class will consist of basic firearm safety rules, firearm parts, maintenance, storage of firearms, Utah state laws and federal transportation laws, and many more topics.

The Utah Concealed Firearm Permit, as a non-Utah resident is honored in the following 31 states (including every state that surrounds Illinois): Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The class is being taught by instructors from Anywhere CCW, LLC. The Class fee is $100 and includes the class, passport photo, onsite fingerprinting and application mailing. The Utah processing fee is $51.

Anywhere CCW, LLC is a concealed firearm instruction company established in 2011. All instructors are National Rifle Association pistol instructors, range safety officers, and Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Instructors. Classes are held throughout Illinois monthly.

For more information or to register, please visit www.AnywhereCCW.com, or call Anywhere CCW at (815) 534-4867.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gun ID legislation may trigger exodus of gunmakers Remington, Colt

Gun ID legislation may trigger exodus of gunmakers Remington, Colt

Courtesy of FoxNews.com
Two venerable American gun manufacturers — Remington and Colt — could head for the West their weapons helped win if New York and Connecticut force them to implement microstamping technology.

Microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, is a patented process that uses laser technology to engrave a tiny marking of the make, model and serial number on the tip of a gun’s firing pin to allow an imprint of that information on spent cartridge cases. Supporters of the technology say it will be a “game changer,” allowing authorities to quickly identify the registered guns used in crimes. Opponents claim the process is costly, unreliable and may ultimately impact the local economies that heavily depend on the gun industry, including Ilion, N.Y., where Remington Arms maintains a factory, and Hartford, Conn., where Colt's manufacturing is headquartered.

“Mandatory microstamping would have an immediate impact of a loss of 50 jobs,” New York State Sen. James Seward, a Republican whose district includes Ilion, said, adding that Remington employs 1,100 workers in the town. “You’re talking about a company that has options in other states. Why should they be in a state that’s hostile to legal gun manufacturing? There could be serious negative economic impact with the passage of microstamping and other gun-control laws.”

In March, prior to the recent mass shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.,  a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and at New York’s iconic Empire State Building, Remington executive Stephen Jackson wrote to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warning forced microstamping could prompt the company to “reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether rather than spend the astronomical sums of money” necessary to reconfigure its manufacturing and assembly processes.

Ilion Mayor John Stephens told FoxNews.com he believes the company, which has had suitors in several Midwest states with less restrictive gun laws, was not bluffing. Stephens also said the microstamping proposal is bad legislation.

“I don’t think it would help anything," Stephens said. "It would probably be more of a hindrance than anything else. A criminal is going to obtain a weapon if they want to obtain a weapon. This is a downstate ploy, it’s downstate politics.”
The closure of Remington’s plant in the 8,000-resident village would be a “huge hit” to the local economy, Stephens said, and suggested that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — and other politicians supporting stricter gun-control measures — are off the mark.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, similar microstamping legislation has long been opposed by Colt, whose executives have claimed the “feel-good legislation” would drive gun manufacturers out of the state.

Erich Pratt, spokesman for Gun Owners of America, said companies -- and indeed industries -- leave when they believe the business climate is hostile. He cited the car industry.

“It used to be Detroit and only Detroit, but now they’re opening up shops all along the South,” Pratt told FoxNews.com. “If they’re not going to be pro-business, then they’re going to lose those jobs. They’re making a bottom line decision: At what point does it become more cost-effective to leave the state?”

New York Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a Democrat and the chief sponsor of the microstamping legislation on semiautomatic pistols that was last considered by the state’s full Senate in 2010, said she believes Remington’s vow is merely a threat.

“Their main product isn’t even semiautomatic guns; the main thrust of what they do are long guns and military contracts,” Schimel told FoxNews.com. “As a former businessman, it would be foolish for them to leave the New York market. They are getting a lot of money from the state.”
Implementation of microstamping technology would cost roughly $12 per gun and would go a long way to helping solve crimes, she said.

“That’s the new threat: to move where that [gun] friendly state is,” she said. “It’s unfair of them to resist sensible regulation to save lives. It does not impact lawful gun ownership at all.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Defacto Concealed Carry In Edwards County, Illinois

Defacto Concealed Carry In Edwards County, Illinois

State's Attorney Mike Valentine of Edwards County, IL is refusing to prosecute residents of that county for carrying concealed firearmsso long as they are otherwise law-abiding citizens. Moreover, it looks like other Illinois State's Attorneys might be joining the bandwagon.
But Bloomington's McLean County, population 170,000, may soon announce a similar policy.

State's Attorney Ronald Dozier told us he's already sent a legal memo to other Illinois prosecutors explaining his belief that it's unconstitutional to ban the carrying of loaded firearms in public. Some are outraged.
The usual suspects are "outraged" but a spokesperson for Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that they "are not the boss of state's attorney" noting that they are independently elected.

According to the FoxChicago story, one Chicago area state house member, State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) is proposing aFaustian alternative. He would agree to let individual counties set their own policy regarding concealed carry in exchange for banning "assault weapons".

If I were an Illinois resident I would tell Mr. Ford that his Devil's pact doesn't cut it. Not only would it ban the most popular rifle in America but it would create a patchwork of conflicting laws designed to snare the unwary. There is a reason most states have state pre-emption statutes.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Some IL State's Attorneys take stance

Some IL State's Attorneys Taking Stand on Second Amendment Rights

Navigator Journal
Published: Saturday, August 18, 2012 10:53 PM CDT

The McLean County State’s Attorney went on record last week of announcing he would not prosecute people charge with weapons violations that directly are in conflict with the Second Amendment. Edwards County State’s Attorney Michael Valentine said he agrees with the stance taken by Ronald Dozier.

“I have to commend Ron for his public stance,” said Valentine. “He said at the State’s Attorney’s conference earlier this year he was planning to make public the fact the State is in conflict with the Second Amendment.”

Given the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the amendment allows people the right to carry arms, either openly or concealed, Dozier said the State of Illinois, by being the only state to deny concealed carry, is out of step with the rest of the country. He added his office will not prosecute those people charged with possession just because they do not have a FOID card.

He also is circulating a petition expressing the General Assembly reverse its stance and adopt concealed carry.

“I think it does go against the (U.S.) Constitution,” said Valentine of the state’s stance. “I agree and commend Ron for his stance.”

It is a stance, the non prosecution of non-violent firearm violations such as FOID violations, unlawful use of weapons that conflict with federal policy, that Valentine’s office, as well as many in the region, carry out, just not as vocally as Dozier.

“It’s a policy I know several counties in Illinois, including Edwards, now follow,” he said. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Garnati: Console carry legal in Illinois

Williamson County State’s Attorney Chuck Garnati issued a news release Wednesday reminding people of their rights to carry unloaded firearms in their vehicles.
In the opinion of Garnati, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People vs. Diggins that Illinois citizens with a valid FOID card can carry a handgun and ammunition in their vehicle’s center console as long is the ammunition is not in the gun and the center console is closed during transport.
Garnati said the ammunition can be kept ready-to-use and in the same location as the gun, but it may not be loaded into the gun.
Should the gun be removed from the vehicle console, it has to be secured in another closed container and be unloaded, but the center console or the carrying case do not have to be locked.
“I cannot express strongly enough the importance of the center console remaining closed at all times, unless requested by law enforcement to open it or in the event of an emergency,” Garnati said. “It is essential that individuals cooperate with any police officer and inform them of the presence of the weapon prior to opening the console.
“Opening the console at a public location or without the request or knowledge of an officer could constitute a violation of the law.”
In his news release, Garnati said he hopes to “ensure that law-abiding citizens can exercise their Second Amendment rights to the fullest extent allowable under Illinois law, including but not limited to self-defense. I will continue to fight to protect citizens by ensuring proper enforcement of existing laws and do everything I can to help change the laws that interfere with our enshrined in the Constitution.
In the Diggins case, since the witness, defendant and police officer testimony did not fully agree, and the court remanded the case to Peoria County Circuit court for possible retrial.
The State Supreme court’s decision in People vs. Diggins did not directly address glove compartments or their status as containers.
The Southern, Williamson County