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High price for guns?

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The most onerous section of the new concealed-carry law (430 ILCS 66) is Section 30, contents of the license application.

With the opening of application filing by the Illinois State Police, many are now rushing to apply. They are ignoring or do not understand (b)(3) of that section. When a person submits the application, he waives his “privacy and confidentiality rights and privileges under all federal and state laws.” Read that again. These rights are lost forever upon submitting the application, whether or not it is approved.

Would you be willing to waive your right to remain silent? To an attorney before being questioned? To forbidding an otherwise-illegal search of your vehicle or home? Your right to bear arms? Your right against self-incrimination?

Our Illinois senators and representatives should be ashamed of themselves. That is too high a price to pay to apply for a concealed-carry license. In six months, they have done nothing to correct this.

Gus Philpott


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