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  1. Chicago politicians would get in front of a camera and make grim statements about enabling violence and would name the seller directly and state that they are "exporting violence to our streets" and that the City is looking into what legal recourse they have against them. They would then declare that Congress should close the "person buying non regulated items from out of state loophole," but then blame the NRA for being too powerful to allow for these "common sense" laws. Then they would call for Springfield to enact legislation. Honestly, the anti-gun response is pretty much paint by numbers at this point. While I understand merchants not wanting that on their shoulders I also think it's cowardly of them.
  2. I understand that this new state law doesn't have a preemption clause. While that might be a problem when coming up against a Home Rule municipality that has it's own ban, it won't be an issue when it comes up against a non-Home Rule municipality that has a ban. State law overrides any non-Home Rule municipality's law when there is a conflict. I don't know how many non-Home Rule municipalities have a ban on the books, but I figured this should be considered.
  3. Agreed. This law provides no preemption. Doubt if any list of Illinois municipal statutes exists. Once this law settles in, I will ask the chairman of Knife Rights if he will now be pursuing knife law preemption for Illinois. Some states he has got preemption with the switchblade bill. Others he's done it in 2 steps. The big one that I'm aware of is Chicago's 2.5" blade law, which aside from the super short length is also written with more strict language than the state's 3" blade law. Basically, with the state law, anything over 3" becomes unlawful if you have intent to use it unlawfully against someone. Meaning that you can carry a longer blade if you have no intention of using it unlawfully. Chicago's 2.5" blade law omits the "intent to use" language. I honestly have no idea if it's ever really enforced though. Heck, a standard Leatherman multi tool will have a longer blade and I'm sure I've seen them for sale in the city.
  4. You said "they simply won't ship the knife back to you unless you include a signed form." That "simple"/"signed form" ensures you are compliant with the Federal Switchblade Act. Nothing simple about it. Agreed. I wouldn't advocate fraud which is why I mentioned finding a dealer within the state. I will point out that it isn't to ensure that the customer is compliant with the Federal Switchblade Act though. It's to ensure that the shipper is. That's what I meant by "liability is on the seller not the buyer." And when I said that Benchmade would simply not ship you back your knife, I mean that pretty literally. It's spelled out in their warranty terms. If you ship them an automatic knife without a form, they'll keep the knife as if you surrendered it to them. Simple as that.
  5. The liability is on the seller, not the buyer. That said, a lot of manufacturers won't honor their warranty if the recipient doesn't qualify for one of the federal exemptions. For example, if you ship a knife to Benchmade for warranty service or as part of their LifeSharp program, they simply won't ship the knife back to you unless you include a signed form. Lots of internet advise on forums advocate for a less than honest approach to the issue. The better alternative is to find a dealer in your state who is willing to be a middleman.
  6. Bill shows a status of "Governor Approved" as of 8/11/2017 and is now a public act as of that same day. http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=607&GAID=14&GA=100&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=100589&SessionID=91 Seems like we're good to go now.
  7. Whoa, I didn't realize that about SGAmmo. I've purchased from them several times from my Cook County address and it was never an issue. I'll start looking elsewhere in solidarity. I suppose Palmetto State Armory should be added to the "Lost Causes" list in the original post. They won't even ship to Cook County, let alone Chicago.
  8. The NRA is too busy making videos that add to the venomous partisan political divide hoping to drum up donations in an environment where gun rights are no longer seen as threatened at the Federal level to do something so granular as educate merchants that their wares are, in fact, legal within a region of Illinois. The NSSF is probably the better bet since they actually represent the firearms industry. Also the ISRA since they actually are in Illinois and could lend credence to their assertions. This has been an issue for quite a while. Organizations have had quite some time to send a letter to these merchants. I don't know what has been done, but I haven't heard anything from any organization saying they'd acted on behalf of Illinois gun owners. Just individuals taking their own initiative and sending letters and emails that reference the law to individual merchants. Most of these seem to be ignored. I'm so annoyed by this that until something drastically changes I prefer to reward my business to the companies that actually care about us rather than beg and grovel to the merchants who don't.
  9. And now the countdown begins. Wonder if he'll sign before August 15th.
  10. I'm not sure what is meant by "legal length" though. I The only issue with blades longer than 3 inches is if a person "Carries or possesses with intent to use the same unlawfully against another." The length itself isn't a crime.
  11. Early adopters of the CCL didn't get new FOID cards. That didn't start until later. I'm in the same boat. I assume it'll all sync up either when I renew my CCL or FOID.
  12. Silly question, but are there blade length restrictions in the state? I keep hearing that Chicago does, but I've never seen the actual law, so I'm not sure if it's reality or just word-of-mouth.
  13. Yeah, this is standard behavior on CTA trains. People hop on and then ask for money, usually giving some story. I remember one guy who gave a great performance about being having made mistakes and was trying to get his life together and get back on his feet and how he needed money to get to family in Milwaukee or something. It almost sounded genuinely sincere the first time I heard it. Almost. But then I saw the same guy give the same story about a dozen more times over the next several months. I only felt threatened twice as I recall. The first was when some guy started preaching on the train and started saying homosexuals are evil sinners and condemned, etc. This was on the Red Line near the Belmont stop, i.e. right near Boystown. During the guy's tirade one of the passengers announced in a deadpan tone "Well, I'm gay." Crazy preacher absolutely lost it. Stood on the seat next to the passenger and started making violent motions and shouting very angry and hateful things. The passenger was pinned to the window by crazy preacher and everyone else on the train started studying their phones even more intently than they were before. The emergency button was right next to crazy preacher so it was out of the question. Once we got to the station several people quickly hopped off and disappeared. I got out and ran toward the front of the train while waving my arms to get the driver's attention. Luckily the driver saw me and when I told him what was happening he radioed in for police. The cops must have been close because they arrived almost instantly and the driver took them to the train car which still had angry shouting coming from it. A Brown line train came up on the other side of the platform and at the time I lived equidistant between the Red Line and the Brown Line. Since I didn't want to wait around for the Red Line to get going again, and since my good deed was already done, I hopped on the Brown Line. The other time was on the Blue Line. A homeless guy stood in the middle of the train car and peed into a Gatorade bottle. My wife and I exited the car and went to the next one up. I pushed the emergency button but the driver couldn't hear me on the intercom. When we get to the next station, the speakers announce "We are experiencing a delay and we regret the inconvenience" while the driver walks to our car. Meanwhile, the homeless guy decides to wander to our car too, probably suspecting someone in his car was going to rat him out. The driver asks who pushed the button. I told him I did and told him that a guy was peeing on the train, and in fact that guy had just walked into the car before the driver arrived. The driver got an annoyed look and told the homeless guy to get off the train. Homeless guy refused. Driver gets a defeated look, shrugs, and goes back to the front of the train. Homeless guy starts staring daggers at me and stands by the door. I stare back at him. Yet again the other passengers look away or bury their heads into their phones. The train doors close and we start to move. My wife is livid at the driver. We work our way to the other set of doors and get off at the next stop. I believe we called the CTA to complain about the situation, but I didn't receive any followup. A person can pay a fare and ride the system pretty much all day, switching direction and lines at will, so a certain amount of craziness is to be expected. I was totally shocked by how the situation on the Blue Line played out though. We switched to the Metra shortly after and the experience has been like night and day. But that makes sense since all trips are one way, conductors walk the cars, and the tickets are more expensive. The CTA is very useful, but the way the driver on the Blue Line handled the situation really drove home the fact that I was responsible for my own safety. Public transportation should not be a prohibited location.
  14. I wonder if they are interpreting the Cook County ammo tax as a ban on shipping ammo since they don't collect the tax?
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