Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Illinois

Women And Handgun Shooting Illinois IL

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Illinois, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Illinois, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Illinois?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Illinois who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Illinois. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Illinois

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Illinois and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Illinois, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Illinois that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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The Illinois state constitution states: “Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

It is interesting that such words are in the states constitution as up until 2013 Illinois and cities within the state had and still has some of the most anti-gun laws of any state in the country. To date there has been no way for a citizen of the state to obtain a concealed carry permit.  Illinois does not currently recognize any other state CCW permits and has no reciprocity agreements with any other state. Illinois stands alone as the ONLY state with this distinction.

It would be a gross understatement, to say the least, to suggest that Illinois is in a state of confusion on the issue of a citizen's right to carry a concealed weapon. It's in a state of chaos and confusion. In December 2012, a federal appeals court struck down Illinois' ban on concealed carry, ruling that it violates citizen rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The court gave the Illinois General Assembly six months to pass a concealed-carry law. The deadline was scheduled to expire on June 9, but the appeals court gave an additional 30 days to allow more leeway for the legislative process.

The Illinois state government was given 180 days to end the ban, sending the state legislature into a legislative session filled with arguments about gun control. Though the legislature did manage to pass a law allowing concealed carrying of handguns with a license, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has not yet signed the bill.

Now, with state law declared unconstitutional and new laws hung up in the governor’s mansion, individual counties are beginning to make their own law. Though the Supreme Court has granted Illinois an extension for modifying its existing laws, county attorneys in several Illinois counties have now announced that current concealed carry laws will not be enforced. With no state law clearly defined as yet nor a procedure in place for the issuance of a concealed carry permit it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out in the summer of 2013.

US Precision Defense will keep a close eye on the developments and when the Governor acts we will update the latest information within our Reciprocity map database. 

Summer of 2013, Illinois is finally standing up for 2nd amendment rights of its residents. An Illinois prosecutor is refusing to prosecute carriers of concealed weapons in his county, even though the governor is still weighing the bill that would allow concealed carry statewide. The attorney’s announcement puts him amongst a burgeoning crop of local officials nationwide who are "going rogue" in civil disobedience efforts against mounting calls for greater gun control.

The concealed carry legislation was negotiated and passed shortly before the General Assembly ended its session on May 31, 2013, while it passed by a wide margin in both chambers, people on both sides of the issue said they were unhappy with some parts of the bill. A five-year concealed carry license would cost $150 under the bill and it would require a 16-hour training class, the longest of any state in the country. (Typically most state required classes are around 8 hours, plus qualifying at the range, and there are even lessor requirements by some states)

The problem so far is that Governor Pat Quinn is stalling, he can’t stop this, the court has ruled, he has no hopes of taking it to the US Supreme Court and he knows it. You have to ask yourself why he is stalling; he already knows that gun control in Illinois is a miserable failure, just look at Chicago.

Here is what the Governor had to say: "This legislation is wrong for Illinois,"  "We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk." “I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks,”

So, the Governor thinks that he can ignore the Federal Appeals Court ruling. Clearly he thinks he can by simply vetoing the bill and drag this issue on and on thinking the issue will what, simply fade away?

Several county prosecutors have already publicly stated that they WILL NOT prosecute anyone carrying a concealed weapon in their county. The Governor has to act, the people have spoken, the legislature has acted, and prosecutors in his state are starting to act without his leadership, and the whole country is watching!

US Precision Defense will keep you informed of what happens in Illinois and their citizens fight for their 2nd amendment rights. 

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