ALERT - QUESTION: WHEN IS A GUN CASE NOT A GUN CASE?
ANSWER: When Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says it's not.Please call your state representative this week starting Thursday morning and ask them to OPPOSE HB5849.
In October, 2009 the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Illinois v Diggins where the court determined that the center console in a vehicle counts as a 'case' under Illinois law. In response, Rep. Harry Osterman (D-14) filed HB5849 to change the law and nullify the court's decision.
How they plan to do this is to add language specifying that the case your firearm is in needs to be specifically designed for the transportation or storage of firearms. Doesn't sound like a problem, does it? Why would a person oppose such a 'reasonable', 'common-sense' change?
Why? Because, in the finest tradition of 'gun control' bills, this one includes subjective and loaded language designed to trip up firearm owners and put them at the mercy of prosecutors. The full language of the change is a case 'designed for the SAFE transportation of firearms'.
Safe? What does that mean? Is a zippered, nylon case from your local sporting goods store considered 'safe'? Not if this bill passes! Does it have to be a hard case? Plastic? Metal? Does it require a lock? Do you really want that decision to be in the hands of the office that supports the Chicago handgun ban?
So basically if you're driving through Cook County, you'ld better have called up the state's attorney's office to find out what the definition of the day is from each and every lawyer there. Otherwise you're SOL.