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Thread: 1st Open Carry-esque Event in Illinois - March 3rd CHICAGO!!!

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    One week from today, Illinois gun owners will make history. This will be one gathering that the media will not ignore, as gun owners will be wearing containers such as fannypacks, pouches, etc - capable of lawfully carrying unloaded pistols - or empty holsters. IN CHICAGO.

    http://www.icarry.org/article463.html

    * Open Carry Solidarity Event in WI a huge success!!
    * Container/Holster event in CHICAGO - Wednesday MARCH 3rd
    Right to Carry meeting and discussion at
    Northeastern Illinois University in CHICAGO!!!


    The unbelievably-successful open carry event in Wisconsin over the weekend didn't make it out in our email broadcast. We're not going to make that mistake twice!

    Check out

    ----> http://www.youtube.com/icarrytv

    to see the video from the event.

    "State Police Interaction" under favorites in our youtube channel is what sparked this event. An ordinary open carry advocate was harassed and troubled while he finished his lunch at a Chinese restaurant by state troopers. They instigated and created a problem where none existed. They treated this man differently only because he was openly carrying a pistol on his side, as the law fully allows in Wisconsin.

    How did the community respond? Politely, proudly, perfectly! At least 50 people gathered in three locations: Starbucks, the State Police headquarters in Waukesha (where we stood on the steps to the front door, fully armed in plain sight!), and the Chinese restaurant where the harassment occurred. The restaurant owners were so happy to have us on a Sunday. They even gave us all free ice cream!!
    One small section of us in front of the police headquarters. Myself and Chris Morley front and center.


    One small section of us in front of the police headquarters. Myself and Chris Morley front and center.

    Thank you to everyone who went, and especially to Wisconsin Carry, Inc. who helped volunteers organize and promote the event. Wisconsin Carry, Inc. has shown that they are serious about Right to Carry and serious about supporting gun owners who exercise their rights. They have also reached out to ICarry.org in friendship and camaraderie to work together and keep pushing open carry in order to remove restrictions on concealed carry in Wisconsin!!!

    As a matter of fact, even though I live in Illinois, I just joined Wisconsin Carry! You see, many of us who live in northern Illinois will be traveling frequently to open carry events in Wisconsin to give our brothers and sisters to the north our support. I'm sure we will see that support reciprocated. This has already begun, and it will turn into something that's not been seen anywhere else in the nation. Why? We're the last two states without concealed carry, so we're in this together and ICarry.org is leading this tag-team effort!!! If you live in Wisconsin, you should really check Wisconsin Carry, Inc. out at:

    ----> http://www.wisconsincarry.org


    FOR THOSE OF US IN ILLINOIS - Our own display of right to carry resolve!!!

    In keeping with our mission and stance, as approved by the ICarry board and prompted by ICarry members, we're launching container/holster displays in 2010 at this meeting.

    ----> http://www.icarry.org/mission.html

    UTATU Collective Presents
    A TOWN HALL MEETING:
    GUNS, VIOLENCE, AND THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE!

    Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010
    7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

    Northeastern Illinois University
    Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
    700 East Oakwood Blvd., Chicago, IL

    Speakers from various groups will discuss the transition to right to carry for Illinois. The fact that police have no duty to protect us will also be exposed including Supreme Court decisions!


    Media has been contacted and will be expecting us at the event with fannypacks, pouches, and/or EMPTY holsters. What you store inside closed containers is your own business. We are not asking that you do or do not have anything specific. We recommend you follow the law at all times and seek legal advice from a competent attorney if necessary. We only ask that you follow all laws, keep the contents of your personal belongings private, and waive/refuse any search of your belongings.

    I was really happy to see Chris Morley, ICarry board of directors, at the open carry event last Sunday. Despite a long drive, Chris and his lovely and supportive girlfriend Sandy made it and spent the day with us. Chris used to reside in Chicago and container carried for nearly 10 years before he was arrested after a coworker went through his locked desk to discover his unloaded and encased pistol.

    Chris is physically disabled and walks with a cane. That pistol of his stopped multiple attacks on the streets of Chicago - NO SHOTS FIRED. His court battle wasn't pleasant, but Chris prevailed IN COOK COUNTY. That's right - "Crook County" victory for container carry.

    My court case from Cherry Valley, IL is still ongoing. Neither of us tried to get arrested - but when we did we fought it 100% all the time - never bending because IT IS THE LAW. Open carry in Wisconsin is not prescribed by law - it is simply not regulated by law. Container carry in Illinois IS ACTUALLY SPELLED OUT AND INSTRUCTED BY STATUTE.

    We haven't made much progress until now. Because now is when we start exercising our rights. Now is when we show the legislators that we're making a stink over right to carry, that we are NOT going to be intimidated from exercising our rights, and we're not going away or calming down until right to carry a loaded pistol for self-defense is respected!!

    Before we can demand our rights restored, we must exercise what we've got, like we're doing up in Wisconsin. You see, before we can demand seconds we need to eat what's on our plates right now. Talking is not enough - we need to politely communicate the idea of carrying guns with more than talk. Then we can get the media coverage and new people into the fight. Then we can convince the rest of the public - by showing that we're confident and proud, that we're 100% certain that right to carry is what is needed.

    Few people are truly anti-gun. Most are indifferent and simply ignorant. Show them how important this is to you, show them you believe in it to the bottom of your heart, show them they don't need to be afraid. Do that and the hoards of indifferent Chicagoland people will decide it's safe and the people who want it are confident.

    This year we will see many open carry and container carry events like: highway cleanups, food drives, picnics and barbeques, marches, and whatever our members and volunteers come up with! You can host your own event. We're looking for events and locations right now, so be a hero and start one.

    For questions/discussion on the March 3rd event in Chicago, please go here:

    ----> http://www.icarry.org/ftopict-2460.html

    We're asking for the support of everyone who can possibly attend this event. This is the inaugural container/empty holster event to welcome a brand new firearms rights horizon in Illinois. Don't miss it. If you can't go, video will be taken and posted right away to ICarryTV. See you there!!!

    ICarry.org Board of Directors

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    As an ex Illinoi-eean. Born E. St Louis, and raised around there, Cahokia, Belleville, Hollywood Hieghts. I still dont understand why with some of the highest gun crime, out of our states, they wont let you defend yourself in public. I never understood needing a firearm owner card just toown a gun in my home. I left the children of the corn state, 15 years ago, and I love my freedom here in the Great North West. Keep up the fight guys, If you ever get them to change, you will love being able to legally conceal a weapon and walk around pretty much everywhere, and the great thing is letting it out to breath, in the open. No one can say not. Nothing like having my 9 Mil, on my hip and nodding a friendly howdy to the Po Po, as I walk by, knowing there is nothing they can do about my 2nd constitutional right. Life is good in America. God Bless you guys for your efforts in trying to attain those rights. Good luck in your efforts.
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    I am not one of the events organizers, but a request by the organizers of this event is that it not turn into an Fanny Pack or Open Holster protest. A lot of time and effort was put into setting up the event and, with respect to the organizers, their request should be honored.

    The way I understand it, all are free to and encouraged to attend the event and show support. Again, with respect to the wishes of the events organizers, please ensure your conduct is not such as to draw negative attention to yourself, and thus the focus away from the intended purpose of the event.

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    An update of what happened at this event: A number of Chicago locals attended to learn more about right to carry. A number of gun owners from outside of Chicago attended to educate the Chicagoans. Some people wore fannypacks/containers, some did not. No one was intimidated, no one drew "negative attention to oneself" etc.

    As a matter of fact, I can't think of a single event in Illinois (someone correct me if I'm wrong) where ANYONE has EVER drawn negative attention to themselves because they wore a fannypack or empty holster.

    To the contrary, we were able to further educate the group on the topic of current Illinois law and how people can exercise their current rights with container carry. This topic was left out of the organizer's message, but luckily volunteers from the audience picked up and filled the audience in on this important topic.


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