The Illinois State Rifle Association responded Monday to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's announcement that he would seek a county ordinance if the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a statewide conceal carry law by June 9th, the court's imposed deadline. The ISRA condemned Dart's proposal, saying no Cook County resident should be forced to beg for Second Amendment rights -
Under Dart’s proposal, law-abiding Cook County citizens would have to report to the sheriff’s office, hat in hand, and try to convince Dart that their lives were worth protecting. If Dart was feeling particularly benevolent that day, the citizen could then grease Dart’s palm with a $300 application fee before being subjected to who knows how many additional indignities at the hands of Dart’s political hacks. If the applicant survived this rigorous process, they’d be able to carry a concealed firearm under what promises to be the most restrictive concealed carry ordinance in the nation.
Dart’s proposal is an insult to the good people of Cook County. But, that is to be expected from a guy who spent a decade in the General Assembly carrying water for the gun control movement.
What really raises eyebrows is Dart’s supposed reason for making the ordinance so restrictive. According to published reports, Dart wants to prevent Cook County from becoming like the “wild west.” Our only response is that the good sheriff should pick up a newspaper once in a while and read it.
Readers should note that the ISRA will never support any form of “may issue” concealed carry. Likewise, we will not support any proposal that carries exorbitant fees, useless red tape, or other features designed to discourage law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.