RandyP, on 13 May 2011 - 01:23 PM, said:
I applaud the efforts of any and all organizations that are willing to file suits to help us reclaim our Rights in this Nanny State.
IMHO the more the merrier and better our chances for 'something' good succeeding. I fully acknowledge my sincere appreciation of all the dilgent hard work done by Todd, Molly and the many others who valiantly tried their best but in the end did not triumph on our behalf with HB148. I view the SAF's new attempt as a positive to the cause and fully support it as well.
All of us ultimately want the same thing, the recognition of the 2nd Amendment and our Right to keep and bear arms in the sole holdout State, Illinois. Whatever group or whichever person or persons ends up getting it for us all has earned and deserves our respect and gratitude.
I try to look at everything near term (say in the next couple of weeks) short term (the next couple of months) and long term (the next five years)
In the near term, the SAF lawsuit may cause the ILGA to radivcally change their minds. We need to get the word out to all of the "no" votes that we are looking for the Court to decide that any Illinois resident who holds an FOID has already qualified to carry a concealed weapon and his/her FOID is in fact, a concealed carry permit.
Is that possible? Beats me but I would love to get that dialogue started on the floor of the House and watch the consternation of all the "no" voters. Also that the only way to prevent the Court from maj=king that very decision is to immediately pass HB 148 because at least then, the State would still have some control.
In the short term, the Court may move the case along vey quickly. The initial presentation and resultab=nt decsion could come before the end of the year and it is entirely possible that the District Court will rule in favor of the defendents in time for the veto session next fall. That too, will bring a huge amount of pressure on the House to do something! Prevent just anyone from carrying a gun by enacting a shall issue permit system!
And in the long term the pending case against Maryland gets cert by SCOTUS and we get a favorable ruling by SCOTUS by next June.
If you look at everything going on, we should all be sitting in our rocking chairs with a cold adult libation and grinning............shark like.