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  1. It's not only hard to imagine a settlement being worked out at this point, it's also hard to imagine a decision at this level which would not be appealed.
  2. There was one bit of entertainment when the judge asked whether the parties might be interested in working out a settlement. I wish there had been video of their facial expressions.
  3. A conflict just came up so I won't be able to listen live. If you like, I can still write up and post a summary from the recording.
  4. I've registered for this event. If something comes up I may not be able to attend but otherwise I'll post a note on any 2A content. The Heritage Foundation posts recordings of these sessions on YouTube shortly after they occur.
  5. My favorite TV quote is "It's not my job to help you fix your bad bill." Never more true than now.
  6. For what you're describing, yes, Arlo is a decent place to start. Battery life appears to be pretty good, the cameras are relatively small and discreet, and they appear to be easy enough to use that you won't have to make a second career out of managing the system. There are plenty of good YouTube reviews to give you an idea what you're getting into. Good luck!
  7. A lot depends on your specific needs, existing computing/network environment, degree of technical skill, and time and $$ available to spend on the project. This is kind of like asking what’s the best gun, or car, etc. The possibilities run the gamut from complete turnkey installation to Big Bag O’ Cameras that you install and configure yourself.
  8. It hasn't taken long for this decision to make itself felt in other 2A cases, beyond those involving carry. The Ninth Circuit has (today) sent an AWB case back to district court, according to a piece at Volokh: https://reason.com/volokh/2022/06/28/ninth-circuit-panel-sends-california-assault-weapons-ban-challenge-back-to-district-court/ Volokh's article quotes the court's order: The district court's judgment is vacated, and this case is remanded to the district court for further proceedings consistent with the United States Supreme Court's decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol a**'n, Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ____ (2022). The parties shall bear their own attorney's fees, costs, and expenses. This order constitutes the mandate of this court. VACATED AND REMANDED.
  9. NY and CA should have just let Lisa appeal Posner’s ruling. With the composition of the Court at that time, even a ruling upholding the 7th Circuit decision would probably not have been as pro-2A as the one they’re now going to have to live with.
  10. Nancy Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park, instigator of that city's semiauto ban and promoter of anti-2A legislation in other Chicago suburbs, would like to be a candidate for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court, from which position she would presumably work to further subvert the Constitution. The coming Illinois primary is our first chance to prevent her from achieving this goal. If you're voting in the Democratic party primary, please vote for one of the other candidates for this position. This one may be important enough to justify voting in the D primary even if your main interest is in Republican candidates.
  11. As an example of how things work out if you don’t have a Madigan-like figure, consider what happened to the Democrats in 1994 after Tom Foley helped get the original AWB passed. That set the stage for Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America, and basically drove a stake through any chance of health care reform. A little bit of pandering cost them their entire legislative program, from 1994 until 2009.
  12. Illinois is shall-issue now as a result of a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (and the tireless efforts of a huge number of 2A supporters). That decision could have been appealed to the US Supreme Court. That it was not appealed is sometimes attributed to pressure on Illinois from states such as New York which did not want to risk a SCOTUS ruling which would apply nationwide. However, had the case been appealed and had SCOTUS ruled against the plaintiffs, Illinois would likely not have the carry law it does now.
  13. Renewal notice dated 10/1, received 10/9 (I guess that’s the new, slow USPS service at work), renewal was fairly straightforward. Good job on FSB’s part.
  14. The complaint acknowledges past decisions at the state and at the 7th Circuit upholding semiauto bans but asserts that these were wrongly decided. The hard part will be getting the Supreme Court to grant cert. Well, that and getting the Court to find in favor of the good guys. That may be more likely now that it was pre-2017. It would help a lot to have a circuit split on this issue, which a victory at the 7th Circuit would provide.
  15. It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit compares to other IL semiauto ban challenges.
  16. Try Done Wright Gun Repair in Crystal Lake. $25 for pistol. I was just told they stopped doing FFL's in June. Nice small shop though. Thanks for trying!
  17. Yet another former customer of Mike looking for an FFL in the northwest, west, or north suburbs. I'd prefer to continue to use a small shop even if costs aren't what they used to be - I think it's important to support what's left of the infrastructure in the hope that better days lie ahead.
  18. I've received the mid-year FCCL data. I need to get some issues with the FOID data sorted out but while waiting for that to happen I thought I'd post some of the FCCL data. The attached PDF has the year-end FCCL data for the past few years along with the mid-year numbers, by county but without gender, along with the corresponding growth rates (annual, except YTD for 2018). Statewide, carry licenses are up about 10.0%. Cook County continues to exceed expectations at 12.7%. Cook also beats all of the collar counties: DuPage 10.0%, Kane 10.0%, Lake 9.6%, McHenry 9.7%, and Will 11.0%. The annual growth rates for 2015, 2016, and 2017 were 56.5%, 50.2%, and 27.3% respectively. The first-half growth rate of 10% suggests that we will see a further decline for 2018 but also that the decline may be leveling off. It will be interesting to see where it stabilizes. Note that one year has some licenses reported with a county of "null". The number is included but I have no idea whether it is meaningful. FCCL by county year-end 2014 through mid 2018.pdf
  19. Nothing which is both systematic and recent. The older data are pretty dirty - there are far more counties in Illinois which have cities named Chicago than you would believe possible, lots of incorrect spellings (at city and county level), and just about every other sort of data entry error you can imagine. The newer data appear to be much cleaner but I haven't asked for the complete breakdown by city recently. I've settled, for now, on the county level as a good compromise - fine enough resolution to be useful in tracking differences across geographical areas over time, but easy enough for the ISP to provide without putting in an inordinate amount of effort. (I believe someone was considering asking for data based on ZIP codes but I don't know if any requests were actually filed.)
  20. It's been increasing steadily. I wouldn't be surprised if a fairly high percentage of recent applicants for FOID cards are also applying for carry licenses, either concurrently or soon after. There are strong hints that this is the case.
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