Thursday, July 05, 2007

Tourist with gun arrested at Sears Tower

If you plan on carrying your firearm while on vacation, it is a good idea to understand the local and state laws of your vacation destination.

From the Chicago Tribune:

By Alexa Aguilar

A Tennessee woman was arrested at the Sears Tower this morning after she tried to visit the Skydeck with a loaded revolver in her purse, police said.

The woman, 56, was stopped by security after she went through a metal detector with a .38-caliber revolver in her purse, said Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

Tennessee allows its citizens to carry a handgun as long as they have a permit, and the woman was unaware that she wasn't allowed to carry a handgun in the state of Illinois, Bond said.

"It didn't dawn on her that our state did not have the same gun laws as hers did," Bond said.

The woman, who was traveling with her husband, had a state permit from Tennessee to carry the weapon, Bond said. Both Illinois and Chicago have laws prohibiting the carrying of a concealed weapon.
"It didn't dawn on her that our state did not have the same gun laws as hers did" It is a sad state of affairs that require free citizens to make decisions concerning self protection based upon imaginary lines drawn in the ground. Prior to taking a trip out of state, I spend quite some time reading the laws and regulations concerning CHL's in any state I may visit or pass through. As they say, ignorance of the law is no defense.

Let us see what the esteemed "Only Ones" have to recommend on this case:

Police are recommending that she be charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, Bond said.
They are recommending a felony conviction. A conviction that will make it illegal to possess a firearm, even back home in Tennessee. The truly awful part of this incident, is that the DA will probably go along with the police recommendation. They will plea bargain rapes and armed robbery down to misdemeanors all day long, but this woman is probably in for a bit of Chicago hell.

Oh yeah...

There was no interruption of service for other Skydeck tourists and no one in the building was at risk, Bond said.

"There was never any danger to the occupants," Bond said.
If there was "never and danger...", why are you going after a felony conviction?


Fits said...

Boggles the mind that there is anyone unknowing of Ill-Annoy's horrible gun laws, particularly when we're speaking of someone who went through the hassle of acquiring a home state permit. How could she NOT know it wasn't cool to carry in Chicago? At the Sears Tower no less? These were obviously people capable of traveling outside of their own homes, arriving in a distant land, so we're not talking "special" folks who need to be institutionalized. If you've heard tell of the Tower you've heard tell that guns are a no-no.

Anonymous said...

There is a book i've seen written on Reciprocity Laws.i've seen the ads for it in gun magazines.I hate to say it...but considering the huge responsibility of having a CWP,she wasn't being very responsible,and maybe shouldn't have one at all.Having one myself for my state(PA) has stopped and made me think MANY a time from doing certain things,like punching someone in the mouth who deserved it,as an example.And I DON'T condone violence,either!!

John R said...

Hello anon, thanks for stopping by.

I'll have to disagree with you on this statement: "...maybe shouldn't have one at all." She was no danger to anyone at all and she was not in the least bit aggressive. Her actions were not of a nature deserving the forfeiture of the natural right of self defense.

On you other comments, I agree. An armed society is a polite society.

Anonymous said...

Weapon is danger in all cases. Dura lex sed lex!!!