Racism in Illinois Concealed Carry Permits?

A black gun owner denied a concealed carry permit, along with many others, raises questions about racism in Illinois government.

Liberal racists?

If so, this should not surprise you at all! Didn’t Michael Bloomberg tell us that minorities must be disarmed for their own good? While the Illinois government was able to disarm everyone except cops, the biases of the political masters stayed hidden. But now that they are supposed to grant carry permits to gun owners, we suddenly get to see their bigotries.

From Counter Current News: “Lawsuits Filed As Chicago Denies Black People Concealed Carry Licenses.”

After hundreds of such residents took a firearms training course, paid an array of fees, and submitted fingerprints for a background check that were then ultimately passed, African American applicants have been receiving notices earlier this year that a special review board has denied their applications for concealed carry licenses.

One such example, Michael Thomas was puzzled that as a former Air Force reservist who routinely carried a gun during military service and has never had a run-in with the law, was turned down, even though the law does not afford police the discretion to deny permits to those who meet the prerequisites and who are not legally prohibited. But Thomas is just one of more than 800 people who have been denied licenses by the board. This board meets behind closed doors and keeps its records and reasoning secret. Even when applicants meet all the criteria, the board says they have no obligation to explain themselves… even when it seems clear that the only disqualifying factor is the color of the applicant’s skin.

Thomas wrote to the Illinois State Police, requesting a review of the decision, assuming that it must have been a mistake.

“I have never been arrested or convicted of any offense, either misdemeanor or felony, in the state of Illinois or any other state,” Thomas explained in his letter. “I have no criminal record of any type.”

The state police sent him a letter back, saying that the board’s decisions couldn’t be reviewed. Thomas, they explained would have to petition a court in order to appeal.

So that’s what Thomas did. He joined 193 other Illinoisans – many of whom happen to be African Americans – in filing lawsuits against the state police. Interestingly, few Caucasians who applied for the permit in Illinois have found themselves denied, even when their records are a bit more tarnished (though without felonies), than Thomas’s squeaky-clean background.

Officials still won’t say why Thomas’s application was denied. They won’t say who denied it either, but the lawsuit hopes to shed some light on this apparently racist review board. Some of those who joined the suit are alleging that the state of Illinois only wants to arm Caucasians, but when people of other ethnic backgrounds apply for permits, they often find themselves inexplicably denied.

This story needs to be spread far and wide. It is a potential game changer for the political landscape. African Americans are coming to appreciate the Second Amendment in record numbers. When they see nanny state Liberals trying to keep them defenseless, they are going to have unpleasant thoughts about the Liberal establishment. Better late than never.

Liberals keep feeding themselves delusions about white Second Amendment advocates not wanting to share the gun-owning/gun-carrying franchise with blacks. They are projecting their own fears and prejudices on their political enemies. We must hope, pray, and work for this story to expose the lie. Illinois racist gun-denial system is an open window into the heart of Progressive politics.