Friday, June 20, 2008

IL GOP Endorses Right to Carry

The following is from

Just a few short weeks ago the IL GOP adopted a new party platform at their convention in Decatur. A new plank in that platform was virtually ignored by the media but could be considered a foundational mandate by Illinois firearm owners - the IL GOP's new party platform comes out in support of Right to Carry for Illinois citizens!! At the bottom of page six you will find this surprising addition:


While the threat of terrorism is certainly a significant aspect of safety for Illinois citizens, day-to-day safety and security of our local communities is also critical. A majority of the crime committed in Illinois is by repeat offenders. We need to ensure that crime is aggressively prosecuted and prison sentences are carried out.

Even with more faithful execution of our laws by law enforcement from the street to the judicial bench, citizens will remain at risk to criminal acts in their homes, their neighborhoods, their businesses and in going about their everyday lives. Illinois Republicans note with shock and dismay the growing climate of violence in Illinois’ largest city and call upon Gov. Blagojevich and the General Assembly to enact such policies as may permit law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families, their property and their businesses. Specifically, we endorse:

Continued use of the Firearm Owners Identification system and use of criminal and mental background checks by licensed firearms dealers;

State pre-emption of local ordinances which impede the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms (see the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution);

We strongly endorse and support the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights to the U. S. Constitution. We believe every citizen (American) has the right to keep and bear arms. No state city or local law should be allowed to infringe upon this right;

Enactment of “Concealed Carry” legislation offering permits to properly trained, law-abiding citizens to bear concealed weapons for personal protection ...

This should be good news in Illinois. Ask your McHenry GOP elected representatives where they stand on concealed-carry.

You don't have to plan to carry in order to support this. YOU are safer when the right-to-carry exists in your state. Serious crime drops, when criminals don't know if their potential victims might be armed.

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