In 2008 an enraged, deranged known drug dealer/crack cocaine smoker attempted a violent attack on a Central Illinois man. The FOID-carrying victim pulled his legally owned, legally carried, unloaded, disassembled, non-functioning, encased semi-automatic pistol, inserted the magazine, readied a bullet and stopped the attack abruptly.
The crackhead had a spiritual awakening, a "Come to Jesus" moment. Possible instant death creates instant deep thinkers.
Police responded. Police rejected the gun owner's vehicular carry methods. Plus, the gun wasn't unloaded immediately after the event. Police arrested the gun owner on a questionable felony and several questionable misdemeanors. The legitimate, recordless, lawful defender was victimized twice - once by the drug-induced predator, then by police.
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Eventually plea bargaining, he pled guilty to the least misdemeanor to get the government out of his life. The judge returned his gun, forcing state police to reinstate his Firearms Owner Identification card. Obviously, the defendant was within his legal rights to transport and defend. Police weren't happy.
The Illinois Supreme Court just unanimously ruled a vehicle's enclosed center console is a legitimate legal carrying case for transporting firearms per Illinois Criminal Code, Sec. 24-1. All justices sided with legal gun owners on methods of transporting and carry, central to the Second Amendment birthright arguments of self-defense.
More cases on gun rights, civil rights, constitutional rights, human rights and self-defense rights are pending. Eventually, Illinois will have legal license to carry for self-defense. Eventually, police will have to support law-abiding gun owners' rights over criminals' rights.
Denny Rogers, Rural Bloomington