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Illinois: Cook County Considering Two Anti-Gun Proposals!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cook County is currently considering two proposals that are all out assaults on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. 

The first, which is called the Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance, would require the registration of all firearms and firearm owners in Cook County.  As written, however, it is an outright ban of all firearms.  The ordinance also prohibits transporting a firearm in your vehicle within Cook County unless the firearm is "broken down in a nonfunctioning state."  How, exactly, do you easily break down a revolver to a "nonfunctioning state"?  And if you are transporting a hunting rifle that has been carefully sighted in, breaking it down is likely to erase all of your hard work.  Ammunition possession would also become illegal, as individuals are required to possess "a valid registration certificate for a firearm of the same gauge or caliber as the ammunition possessed" in order to comply with the new ordinance.  But if all firearms are banned, they cannot be registered, and you cannot have a qualifying registration certificate.

The other proposed ordinance would amend the county's "Deadly Weapon Dealers Ordinance."  It seeks to completely ban all gun shows within the county, and prohibits federally licensed dealers from operating within 10 miles of another federally licensed dealer.  Cook County requires a firearms dealer to be licensed not only federally, but also by the County.  Thus, no new dealers within 10 miles of each other.  How this would be applied to existing dealers is unclear, however, as the current ordinance states that a County license is revoked if the dealer "fails to comply with any provision of this article."  Existing within the new 10-mile zone would appear to be a violation, but whether all dealers within the zone will now have their licenses revoked, or if it will be based on whoever was there first or some other factor, is not spelled out.  Both of these proposed ordinances must be defeated!

There is currently no timetable set for when either will be taken up for consideration, so please contact the Cook County Board of Commissioners immediately and urge them to oppose these attacks on the Second Amendment.  Contact information can be found below.

Earlean Collins

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603-4566

fax: (312) 603-3696

 

Robert Steele

Main Office:

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-3019

fax: (312)603-4055

 

District Office

3333 W. Arthington, Suite 140

Chicago, IL 60624

phone:(773) 722-0140

fax: (773) 722-0145  

email: rsteele@cookcountygov.com

 

Jerry "Iceman" Butler

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603 6391

fax: (312)603-5671

email: jbutler@cookcountygov.com

 

William Beavers

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603-2065

fax: (312) 603-4678

 

District Office

2548 E. 79th Street

Chicago, IL 60649

phone: (773) 731-1515

fax: (773) 933-5535

 

Deborah Sims

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603 6381

 

Joan Murphy

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603 6381

 

 

Joseph Moreno

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-5443

fax: (312)603-3759

 

District Office (Chicago)

2456 W. 38th Street

Chicago, IL 60632

phone: (773)927-7154

Fax: (773)927-7166

 

Robert Maldonado

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-6386

fax: (312)443-9531

 

District Office

2615 W. Division Street

Chicago, IL 60622

phone: (773)395-0143

fax: (773)395-0146

 

Peter Silvestri

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-4393

fax: (312)443-1154

 

District Office

6650 N. Northwest Highway

Chicago, IL 60631

phone: (773) 774 8554

fax: (773)774-2901

 

Mike Quigley

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603-4210

fax: (312) 603-3695

 

District Office

1057 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: (773) 935-1010

Fax: (773) 935-3155

 

John Daley

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603-4400

fax: (312) 603-6688

email: jdaley@cookcountygov.com

 

Forrest Claypool

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312) 603-6380

fax: (312) 603-1265

 

District Office

4239 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

phone: (773) 832-4642

fax: (773) 832-4663

 

Larry Suffredin

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-6383

fax: (312)603-3622

 

District Office (Evanston)

820 Davis Street,

Suite 104

Evanston, IL 60201

phone: 847-864-1209

fax: 847-864-1445

 

Gregg Goslin

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-4932

fax: (312)603-3686

 

District Office

(East)

3801 W. Lake Ave.

Glenview, IL 60025

phone:(847)729-9300

fax: (847)729-2279

 

 

 

Timothy Schneider

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street, Room 567

Chicago, Il 60602

phone: (312) 603-6388

fax: (312) 603-6500

email: toschneider@cookcountygov.com

 

District Office

711 S. Chelmsford Lane, Suite A

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

phone: (847) 640-1632

fax: (847) 640-1910

 

Anthony Peraica

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: (312) 603-6384

Fax: (312) 603-4744

 

District Office

10001 W. Roosevelt Road

Westchester, IL 60154

Phone:(708)345-5808

Fax: (708)345-5838

 

Elizabeth Gorman

Main Office

118 N. Clark Street

Room 567

Chicago, IL 60602

phone: (312)603-4215

fax: (312)603-2014

 

District Office (North)

711 Chelmsford Lane

Suite A

Elk Grove Village, IL

60007

phone: 847-871-1717

fax: 847-640-2058

email: eadgorman@cookcountygov.com

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