The lady who gave IL citizens concealed carry

Posted by stargeezer 6 years, 7 months ago to Government
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This week, for the first time since 1968, citizens in IL began to receive Concealed Carry Licenses. The very first ones were received on Saturday 3/1 and I was by all signs, one of the very first. As thrilled as I was to get this I must acknowledge the person who made it possible. this day would have never came had it not been for one lady.

In every movement there is a icon, a martyr or a hero. IL now has joined the other citizens of our country with a legal path to concealed carry. I'd like you to take a few minutes to listen to her story, feel her pain and know why we are rejoicing today with her since she has a Illinois concealed carry License.

Her strength as the long court battle proceeded gave us all hope that one day we would be able to freely exercise this right. That one day all of us would be free to defend ourselves against the gangs of criminals who are never concerned about running into a armed victim. After the initial euphoria of getting my License, this lady was the first person I thought about after I calmed down and while I've met her, I don't know her well enough to contact her personally. So as a small thing I can do, I want to share with you the story of one of my heroes. A lady who proved that you can fight "city hall", and win.


Thank you Mary Shepard.


SOURCE URL: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2JwRo5K4o


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  • Posted by jmassman 6 years, 7 months ago
    Kudos for Mary & IL --- hopefully CA, & especially San Diego County will take notice & action. In any event, it seems that even if carry is permitted, there will be so many hoops to jump thru & excessive costs -- JUST TO APPLY -- that it may still be prohibitive to even apply. We'll see. Jim
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  • Posted by RobMorse 6 years, 7 months ago
    Tomorrow is IGOLD, or Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day. Please let me know if you attend, and if you live in Illinois then you should attend.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 7 months ago
      Hi Rob. I truly hope to be there. I've had some recent health problems and have only been out of the hospital a week, so I just don't know for sure, but I sure hope to be there. I'll be one of 8-10k with a gold hat and sweat jacket. :) and the biggest smiles in the place.
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  • Posted by $ WillH 6 years, 7 months ago
    This is an awesome story in that her example will help so many and give the right of self defense back to the people. It is a shame it took this…
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  • Posted by Robbie53024 6 years, 7 months ago
    The unfortunate reality is that most churches prohibit open/concealed carry, so she would likely not have been allowed to be armed where she was.

    This is so naïve and stupid by church leaders. Those looking to commit crimes aren't going to abide by a "firearms prohibited" sign, and it only will continue to make people like this lady and her co-worker vulnerable to attack.
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    • Posted by gonzo309 6 years, 7 months ago
      I've always asked permission to conceal carry before I do in any church I belong to. I've never had a pastor say no. With permission you can, as long as the church has less than 2,000 attendees.
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    • Posted by $ WillH 6 years, 7 months ago
      I have never been to a church that prohibited carry. Then again, in Tennessee it is unlikely such a church would be open for long.
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      • Posted by Robbie53024 6 years, 7 months ago
        Interesting. I live in Wisconsin and every church here (seemingly, I haven't done research nor conducted a survey, just casual observation) has a prohibition statement posted. Curiously, they only came out after the law for concealed carry was enacted. Seems only law abiding citizens are a threat.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 7 months ago
      I can't speak to the "All churches" part robbie, I know that most Baptist churches are pro carry. With the possible exception of southern baptist denominations, who were overtook by uber liberals 30+ years ago.

      In our church, most of the men and several of the women have carried during serviced since there was a shooting in another church during services a few years ago. It always was legal to carry on private property with the owners permission.

      We all have written permission to load and carry on the church grounds. We won't be sheep led to slaughter. Now that loading and unloading in the parking lot won't be necessary.

      One thing we made certain was in the CC law was that churches were areas where we can carry unless the owners post it as a GFZ. If they want it that way, they are going to be forced to mark themselves with the GFZ sign.
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