A recent “Guns and Gadgets” podcast explained the well-planned and totally dishonest effort by Illinois Congressional Democrats to eradicate the state of many of its licensed and established gun dealers.

Illinois Governor Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker signed into law the “Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Act” this past January in one of the governor’s first actions after inauguration.  The law went into effect and all prerequisite efforts and actions by gun dealers had to be taken/met by July 17, 2019.

The previous governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, had pledged to veto the bill if re-elected, noting that many small businesses would be forced out of business if it passed. He was entirely correct. 

As of December 2018, there were 2,436 Federal Firearms License(d) (FFL) gun dealers in the state. 

In the 6 months since the signing of the bill into law, Illinois has witnessed a near-devastation of the retail gun industry, and it appears, totally by design of the Democrats in the state.

Rules implemented in the new law pose strict restrictions and requirements on gun dealers, costing thousands of dollars for each shop to do required upgrades, a large burden to big stores and retail chains, but a crippling sentence for smaller “mom and pop” gun stores like those that exist in small towns. 

Each gun shop was required to apply for a newly-established state certification, often costing more than $1,500 for a 3-year plan.  A rarely-used federal certification was also required of the dealers, one that isn’t required in most other states.  Dealers had to acquire and install thousands of dollars’ worth of cameras and surveillance equipment. 

As a result of these exorbitant costs and the extremely short timeline for compliance, as of June 2019, nearly 100 dealers had dropped out of existence.  On July 15th, just 2 days short of the implantation deadline, only 1,140 dealers had applied for the state certification and completed the requirements – from an original number of 2,436.

Many politicians used stories of violence in Chicago to drive this legislation, although police statistics have shown time and time again that more than 98% of the gun violence in Chicago has involved stolen and/or unregistered guns not purchased from a licensed gun dealer (in any state).

It appears that Democrats knew exactly what they were doing when they crafted this legislation guided by their liberal agenda and putting more than 1,000 gun stores out of business.

The Illinois State Rifle Association has filed suit to challenge the law and its agenda-driven origin, but there is not much hope for success.  The Illinois congress has enough Democrat votes to pass another business-stifling gun law if this current one is challenged successfully, and politicians have made that fact known.  That would effectively hold up current business owners even further from operating their establishments.

The thought of this is staggering – in 6 months, Illinois lawmakers killed more than 50% of the gun-related businesses in their state.  6 months. More than 50%.

Every law like this is an “end-around” to outright infringement of our Second Amendment rights, as it seems all it takes is a Democrat majority in a state’s governing body.  This “backdoor” method has effectively hurt and nearly killed an entire industry in Illinois and only serves to penalize business owners and law-abiding citizens, as with most liberal-driven agendas. 

This law, like other “gun control” laws do absolutely nothing to curb gun violence, especially in major cities where stolen guns are purchased out of the trunk of a car parking in an alley.

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Earlier this year, 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris pledged to use an executive order to take swift action on gun control if Congress didn’t ‘get their act together’ in the first 100 days of her presidency.

The California Democrat appeared on a town hall on CNN where she gave her powerful stance on the Second Amendment.

Harris has taken an aggressive stance on gun control. (Flickr)

 

“Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”

The Democrat has been a tough proponent on gun laws during her time in office. Her site condemns the current administration and promises universal healthcare, debt-free college, and protection for illegal immigrants in the United States.

“Where reproductive rights are not just protected by the Constitution of the United States but guaranteed in every state,” says Harris’s website.

Evidently certain aspects of the Constitution are to remain protected and untouched while we dig away at another section entirely…

 

“And specifically, what I will do is put in place a requirement that for anyone who sells more than five guns a year, they are required to do background checks when they sell those guns. I will require that for any gun dealer that breaks the law, the ATF take their license. … And then, on the third piece, because none of us have been sleeping over the last two years, part of what has happened under the current administration is they took fugitives off the list of prohibited people. I’d put them back on the list, meaning that fugitives from justice should not be able to purchase a handgun or any kind of weapon.”

Harris said that the gun issue had become overly political, and that lawmakers should be forced to sit behind closed doors and look at photos from the Sandy Hook massacre.

I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room, no press, no one, nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies,” Harris said at the time. “And then you can vote your conscience. This has become a political issue.”

Both President Trump and Barack Obama have been criticized for their use of executive orders during their time in office. However, past presidents have used far more, with 4 presidents in the early 1900’s enacting over 1,000.

Following Trump’s National Emergency declaration at the southern border of the US, prominent lawmakers used the logic as an opportunity to declare how they would use the same tactic to enact strict gun legislation. 

 

Our government is a system of checks and balances – but when it comes to executive orders – should there be limits to protect the decisions of the people? 

One thing is for sure… when Democrats try to unseat President Trump in 2020 they will be met with the voices of millions of Americans who still care about protecting the freedoms that our forefathers died for.

Here’s another question for Harris. Why change all of these laws if they’re not being enforced? We recently published a submission from an officer about his outrage regarding liberal judges releasing dangerous criminals back on the streets. 

Did you hear the one about the gangbanger caught with a stolen handgun that got off with writing an essay and an early bedtime as his punishment?

I’d like to say I’m making this up. But when I was scrolling through the news, sure enough – there it was.

The headline read, ‘Judge frees gang member, orders him to write report on gun violence’.

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The teen was found with a gun reported stolen in Chicago. (Courtesy Robert Weisskopf)

 

Admittedly, I almost spit my coffee out. Thought maybe it was a satirical article from The Onion. But nope, totally real.

The article reported that Judge Ellen Edwards from Brooklyn rejected a $25,000 bond request for the 18-year-old after he was caught with a handgun. It was loaded too, and apparently reported stolen back in Chicago.

Instead of approving that request, Edwards gave the teen an 8 p.m. curfew and is making him write a report on gun violence in the community.

Are you sh–ting me? Is this high school? Is Edwards nothing more than a principal trying to instill a lesson on an impressionable youth?

Let me tell you something about this kid. He’s a gangbanger. Member of the “G Stone Crips”. He’s not going to suddenly see reason and change his whole life. We can hope for that… but let’s be honest. Not gonna happen.

The G Stone Crips are a Brooklyn-based gang. (Screenshot – YouTube)

 

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the best part.

He’s got priors. 4 of them, in fact. They’re all sealed due to his age, but two of the cases involved GUN POSSESSION. Not a red flag or any sort of indicator about whether he learns from experience…

Judges are now so out of touch with what’s really going on in the streets.

One of my brothers catches this kid with a gun, gets him off the street. Good. One less punk to worry about.

But now this kid is gonna be back out there – and when he shoots and kills someone – that’s on you.

You hear me, Judge Edwards?

That blood will be on YOUR hands.

I understand jails are crowded.

I understand that we need to reevaluate certain aspects of the criminal justice system.

But why are we letting dangerous people back into the communities that we protect with nothing more than a slap on the wrist? Let’s maybe start talking about going easier on non-violent offenders… not the ones caught with loaded guns.

Bart Simpson writing lines on the chalkboard was more a punishment than this, and I’m pretty sure he never did anything involving a firearm.

A message for judges across America: stop letting dangerous people back in public. Stop putting me and my fellow officers at risk by handing out ridiculous sentences. Stop allowing our country to fall into lawlessness. Because when things inevitably go wrong… it’s going to be on you.