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Data show increase in Illinois gun licenses

January 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The number of people licensed to own guns in Illinois increased 6.1 percent last year, according to new figures from state police.
 
More than 78,000 licenses were issued in 2011 and nearly 1.4 million people had firearms identification cards as of Jan. 1, 2011, compared to more than 1.3 million on Jan. 1, 2010, The Pantagraph in Bloomington reported Wednesday ( http://bit.ly/zY0frH ). 

Illinois residents must have a card to possess or purchase firearms. 

“That is a pretty big increase,” said Mark Walsh, campaign director of the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Walsh attributed the increase to the end of Chicago’s handgun ban in 2010. 

Democratic state Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg said the increase may have come after concealed-carry legislation was approved in bordering Wisconsin. 

“That may have gotten people thinking Illinois will be next,” Phelps said.

Phelps sponsored a proposal last year that would have legalized concealed weapons in Illinois. However it failed passage in the Illinois House, and Gov. Pat Quinn had said he would veto the measure. Currently only Illinois and the District of Columbia prohibit the concealed carrying of weapons.

Todd Vandermyde, the National Rifle Association lobbyist in Illinois, said the concealed-carry issue along with economic instability may be the cause for the increase.
 
“You can’t put it on any one issue,” Vandermyde said.
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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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If Richard M.Daley’s puppet (aka Gov. Quinn) has his way, Illinois will never have the concealed carry.
What else is very strange here is that Todd Vandermyde works full time as a lobbist for Local 150 who is a huge supporter of Governor Quinn.  Through Local 150 efforts, Vandermyde helped get Quinn back into office.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/27 at 02:07 PM

The chicago dems run this state….Madigan, Cullerton and Quin….all dems from Chicago. We will never see concealed carry nor open carry for that matter here in IL while those clowns are runnin the show.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/27 at 04:10 PM

I agree Ronbo but this Todd Vandermyde is riding the fence like he is walking a tight wire. Which side is he on?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/29 at 01:30 PM

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