Concealed-carry meeting set for Thursday night in Marion

2012-09-12T08:00:00Z Concealed-carry meeting set for Thursday night in MarionTHE SOUTHERN The Southern
September 12, 2012 8:00 am  • 

MARION – A meeting set for Thursday in Marion will update gun owners about new efforts to pass concealed-carry legislation in Illinois, as well as a pending lawsuit aimed at getting rid of anti-gun laws.

State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, will be hosting the meeting set for 8 p.m. in the Operators Local 318 office, located at 3310 Water Tower in Marion. Todd Vandermyde, a state lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, is scheduled to speak. The meeting is open to the public.

“I am confident that we will be able to pass a concealed-carry bill in the Senate during the upcoming legislative session,” Forby said in a written statement Wednesday announcing the meeting. “I have been working hard to convince other members in the Senate to support a bill and I think we may finally have the numbers.”


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  1. spoiler
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    spoiler - September 12, 2012 5:41 pm
    Stick your finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing. Pandering is exactly what this is. Forby is drunk every night and now that he is in another hot election he is everywhere. Of course people down here support concealed carry, that's they only reason he is having this meeting. We will soon be getting mail talking about working families, education, coal mines, all paid for by the taxpayers to tell us taxpayers what a great job Forby does. The guy is an embarrassment. How many million dollars have Cullerton and the democrats invested in this boob? Now tell me how independent he is of Chicago. Seriously!
  2. DeeJay
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    DeeJay - September 12, 2012 5:24 pm
    And being loyal to the union.
  3. reaper
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    reaper - September 12, 2012 4:38 pm
    Not2serious, you are dead on with your comment. How can it be so obvious that Forby is worthless and yet he keeps getting elected? This good ol' boy Democrat club around here is full of idiots whose only intent is to elect their ol' buddy. They couldn't care less about how effective, or ineffective he is. And, the reason these people keep electing Forby is a selfish one. It's all about being loyal to a candidate and, even more so, being loyal to the Democrat party so that you might be able to get a personal favor from that candidate or from the Democrat party. The greater good makes no difference. It's all about what can I get in return for my loyalty, no matter how useless the candidate is.
  4. Not2serious
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    Not2serious - September 12, 2012 1:02 pm
    It's not concernimg to me that Forby keeps getting elected,what does bother is that he does NOTHING in off election years and then 3 mos. before election , he is just a whirlwind of a legislator. What bothers the most, is there are enough gullible,uninformed,Democrat right or wrong,idiot voters that keep voting for him!
  5. Ric Blaine
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    Ric Blaine - September 12, 2012 12:03 pm
    I completely understand reaper's frustation. I am also for concealed carry, but what good will it do if one day you have to defend yourself from some thug--especially in Illinois. You will be in more trouble than the criminal. It is incomprehensible why liberals are so protective of thugs and criminals. And as someone said earlier, even if concealed carry should manage to get passed by the legislature, Quinn will veto and we are right where we began--at a disadvantage.
  6. smr9986
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    smr9986 - September 12, 2012 10:57 am
    Does not matter it needs a super majority to pass to override home rule so it can not be vetoed.
  7. Leaningright
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    Leaningright - September 12, 2012 10:25 am
    Forby is merely using this for campaign reasons. Talking to the people around here about guns and concealed carry is preaching to the choir.
  8. Leaningright
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    Leaningright - September 12, 2012 10:24 am
    Forby is a Senator , therefore, John Cullertons' puppet. Either way, Madigan and Cullerton need to go.
  9. reaper
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    reaper - September 12, 2012 9:57 am
    Both previous comments are exactly right. Quinn, who hates southern Illinois for not supporting him in the last election, will veto any bill about concealed carry, and I'm so sick of Forby's pandering, I can't stand it. I used to really be 100% behind concealed carry for this state. However, at this point, it's got me worn out. I don't even care anymore. The straw that broke the camel's back for me was the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. After that incident, I decided, what's the point in being allowed to carry a firearm if you can't legally use it to defend yourself without being charged with a crime, and without being sued afterwards? Legal or not, if you ever have to use a firearm to defend yourself, you will be involved in some sort of litigation possibly for years afterwards. You will end up tried in the media, possibly nationally. Whether you're guilty of a crime or not, there will be people who will believe you are. Even if you're not sued successfully, the cost to defend yourself in court will be thousands of dollars. You may protect your life, but your life will be ruined. Regardless if this stupid state ever gets a concealed carry law or not, you have to decide what you need to do as far as self protection is concerned, and then do it. As far as I'm concerned, legal to carry or not, it's not worth it.
  10. Freebird
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    Freebird - September 12, 2012 9:28 am
    Quinn will veto it regardless. Hopefully they can get it passed, but I don;t have much faith in Illinois politicuans with Quinn at the helm.
  11. WXMAN
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    WXMAN - September 12, 2012 9:11 am
    You know it's an election year when there is an article on Forby two days in a row! Forby is just Madigan's puppet! Hope he has a sober driver to get him to this event.
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