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    I have a Defensive Pistol class, (DP1 Critical Pistol Skills) coming on April 16th at the Aurora Sportsman's Club. There are only a few days left to register and only a few spots left in the class. 

    In Defensive Pistol 1 you'll learn the Critical Pistol Skills that you need to be a master of your firearm. This is the class you NEED after your concealed carry class. 

    • Holster draw and fire.
    • Multiple Targets.
    • Rapid target identification & acquisition.
    • Multiple Reloading techniques.
    • Malfunction drills.
    • Voice commands.
    • Point Shooting, also known as threat-focused shooting.
    • Stress Inoculation.
    • The basics of movement while shooting.
    Defensive Pistol 1 is a pre-requisite for our DP2, DP3, and Low light classes. 

    Learn more and sign up: https://www.alphakoncepts.com/defensive-pistol-training/
  2. On 3/11/2022 at 12:40 PM, mauserme said:

     

     

    The bill's existence was explained in committee as the product of the Forest Preserve's desire to continue their prohibition on carry beyond the 3/15/2022 deadline.  In my opinion, though the statute may remain unchanged, the section pertaining to the prohibition on carry within Cook County Forest Preserves will be unenforceable, putting them in the same regulatory situation as the other 101 counties.  I think it's safe to say that was the consensus opinion of the committee members and witnesses as well.

    Thank you Sir

  3. With HB4296 Concealed Carry – Forest Preserve back in committee, the deadline the judge set is March 15th, if I remember correctly, there is no way the civilian disarmament advocates in the Illinois house can pass this law in time. While they may try in the future, it seems to me that the prohibition of carrying in Cook County forest preserves shall expire in a few days. Thus it will no longer be unlawful to carry in the cook preserves making the cook preserves equal with the rest of the other county preserves. 

    Do all agree? 

     

    Also shall this prohibition be stricken from the compiled statute or shall that take an act of the general assembly to submit an amendment to have it removed? If not removed from the compiled statute, it seems to me that arrests shall continue. 

     

    Having said that, the question is do the police agree? 

  4. On 3/3/2022 at 2:40 PM, Felixd said:

    I just read the Thursday missive from the ISRA. From my perspective as an Illinois taxpayer and shooter I find it difficult to support Richard Pearson’s praise for Mike Madigan. Perhaps all those years Pearson has spent in Springpatch has allowed him to warm up to the leftists, but when my liberties and freedom are at stake I cannot praise anyone who seeks my subservience. With statements such as, “Michael Madigan was the best Speaker of the House in any state”, because he intimidated his fellow party members, one must question the quality of leadership of the ISRA. 

    about 75% of those weekly emails cause me to sigh and face palm. This week was no different.

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    On 3/3/2022 at 8:51 AM, BobPistol said:

     

    Where does it say that self-defense requires "lethal force" to be applied to the victim before they can defend themselves legally?

     

    Is there some state law or court ruling? 

     

    Where did I say you CAN'T defend yourself? 

    But since you asked, https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqEnd=9700000&SeqStart=8200000

     

    (720 ILCS 5/7-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 7-1)
        Sec. 7-1. Use of force in defense of person.
        (a) A person is justified in the use of force against another when and to the extent that he reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or another against such other's imminent use of unlawful force. However, he is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or another, or the commission of a forcible felony.

     

     

    A punch the the face is unjustified force and your use of force is justified to defend. However a reasonable person (prosecutor, judge, and jury) is unlikely to agree that a single punch to the face is force which is intended or likely to cause immediate death or great bodily harm. Therefore ones use of lethal force to defend against a punch to the face wouldn't be justified.
     
    If anyone is thinking they're going to shoot someone who punches them, I really hope your self defense insurance is paid up. You're going to need it.
    This whole incident has me reminded of the cliche that a man who only owns a hammer looks at every problem as if it were a nail. Not all problems are nails. Not all use of force situations are lethal use of force situations.
     
    Also running away is almost always an option. We get bogged down in the discussion of what is legally justified. We are asking ourselves, "can we shoot?" The question we should be asking is "SHOULD we shoot?". Just because it might be legally justified doesn't mean it's always the best course of action. Are we really looking for excuses to take a life? That's sometimes what it seems like in these conversations.
     
    The reason I carry is to ensure I sleep in my bed at night. That's the goal. In this case, shooting is contrary to achieving that goal.
     
    Id have popped that curb before I'd have unrolled my window and got involved in that argument. Having just typed that paragraph reminds me of the protests of 2020 and a number of students emailed me asking "if blah blah blah blocking my car, can I shoot?" My answer was why? If you felt your lofe was in danger, why not just mash on the gas?
  6. Plenty of people have been arguing with me that a punch to the face presents lethal force. While there have been cases of people dying from one punch to the face they are incredibly rare. You're going to have an uphill battle convincing a judge or jury that a single punch to the face was an immediate thread of death or great bodily harm. In my opinion, although force was justified, lethal force was not justified. I hope the people who think shooting is an option to defend against a punch, I hope you have self defense insurance. 

    One thing is for sure, you win the fight that you're not in and running away is often an option. I'd have popped the curb immediately as this guy approached my vehicle. I would have never rolled my windows down and engaged in an argument. 

    Was it worth it? 

  7. On 3/1/2022 at 9:45 AM, spanishjames said:

    Yet, EVERYONE'S being charged $150. Card or no card. 

    And if you don't get a card they say wait 45 days before contacting them. 

    WHAT?! Hey ComEd, I swear I printed and mailed the check. Just wait 45 days and contact me back if you don't have it. 

    I'm advising my students to start raising heck after 10 days. It doesn't take that long to arrive by mail, and since we know they are having printing errors, waiting 45 days to find out is a waste of time. A right delayed is a right denied. 

  8. Registration to become a certified Sabre Pepper spray instructor closes on Arpil2 9th. Don't miss your opportunity to become certified to teach less lethal options for self-defense.
     
     
    This 1-day Instructor Certification Program is designed to train instructor candidates in the methods of teaching effective self-defense and safety awareness utilizing SABRE pepper spray. This course will enhance the instructor’s knowledge in teaching the use and deployment of SABRE pepper sprays. Instructors will learn the essential facts about pepper spray, proper ways to carry pepper spray, how to deploy it effectively against an assailant, methods of teaching, decontamination techniques, as well as actual practice using inert canisters. By attending this course, instructor candidates will learn the SABRE Safety Awareness Concept and how to teach others to understand and adopt its principles. Instructor candidates will also be tested both via a written examination and a practical examination which gauges their instructor skills and qualifications. Finally, instructors will be presented the organizational process involved in planning and carrying out a SABRE Personal Safety Academy. You will be tested and must prove that you have the ability to teach the course to civilians. 
  9. On 2/13/2022 at 4:50 PM, BRJ said:

    How soon before renewal should you do the class?

    The state website will allow you to renew at 120 says before renewal. I usually recommend to renew at your first opportunity because the state is so slow at processing renewals. 

     

    You can take your class at any time really, but because laws change from time to time I'd recommend within a month or two from the time it's time to renew is probably best. Renewal certificates do not expire. 

  10. On 2/11/2022 at 1:28 PM, solareclipse2 said:

     

    Tomorrow marks 120 days since I started the process. My license is supposedly in the mail either since 01/31 or 02/05, so I guess if it doesn't show up tomorrow I'll follow your process and shoot the ISP an email and then give it a couple of days for them to ignore me so I can email my state representative. 

    I've had really good success even with state reps who have an anti gun record. Normally I'm dealing with their office staff and the back and forth is very professional.

  11. On 2/7/2022 at 7:14 PM, Littleagnes99 said:

    My appeal went very quick. Appealed to the state early December 2021 and won appeal January 2022.  Had to apply for a new foid card on January 8th and my card just went active.  Surprised how quick it went.  I used an attorney who said he's been having very good luck lately.  

    Would you mind sharing your attorney's name for others to reference?

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