SAF Lawsuit Allowed Chicago Uber Driver To Carry, Defend Self And Others

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SAF Lawsuit Allowed Chicago Uber Driver To Carry, Defend Self And Others
Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA –-( A defensive shooting incident in Chicago involving a legally-armed Uber driver who intervened when a gunman opened fire on a crowd in Logan Square could not have happened without a concealed carry law that was passed by the Illinois Legislature because of a federal lawsuit brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.

No charges will be filed against the unidentified Uber driver, who used his licensed handgun to stop the alleged shooter, a 22-year-old man who now faces criminal prosecution. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb noted that, had this armed citizen not been present, this incident could have turned out much differently, and much worse.

“This widely-reported incident could not have happened without our lawsuit in Moore v. Madigan, which forced Illinois to adopt a concealed carry statute allowing law-abiding citizens to be armed,” Gottlieb said.

“The concealed carry law our case demanded needs no further justification, based on the standard so often tossed out by gun control proponents to push restrictions. It has saved one life, and possibly more lives.

“When the suspect opened fire,” he continued, “the Uber driver was able to defend himself and others by quickly drawing his revolver and wounding the gunman. Thanks to his quick action, nobody else was apparently hurt in this inexplicable incident, the kind of random violence for which Chicago has become notorious over the past several years.

“Our lawsuit was aimed at putting law-abiding citizens on equal footing with street thugs and dangerous nuts,” Gottlieb said. “This case is a text book example of an armed citizen using his legally-carried defensive sidearm to protect his fellow citizens from violent attack.

“This is precisely the reason law-abiding citizens in Illinois fought so hard for concealed carry, and why we went to court to make that happen,” he concluded. “While SAF deplores violence, we’re delighted that our lawsuit made it possible for this armed man to stop a potentially deadly attack.”

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Alan Gottlieb and SAF did fantastic work bringing concealed carry to IL. Then the Hick from Harrisburg Rep. Brandon Phelps, and his pet rat NRA contract lobbyist Todd Vandermyde worked hard to sell out IL citizens, loading up Phelps HB183 carry bill with Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties of 6 MONTHS or 1 YEAR in jail, so police criminals and police impersonators like John Gacy can set up and kill armed citizens with legal cover, plus an UNLIMITED state and federal privacy waiver, so the IL State Police can snoop into bank accounts and IRS returns of CCW license… Read more »


When is SAF coming to CA to force the concealed carry law and get rid of Kamala Harris?

Ed Scott

This armed citizen obviously trained well–probably using the correct techniques–and was psychologically prepared to mount an almost instant draw-and-fire defensive action against a dangerous, well-armed criminal. His “muscle memory” dictated a quick, strategically sound, and formidable handgun defense backed by accurate shooting–the latter likely stemming from regular practice. (Or so this all seems.) This type of well-versed and -prepared individual, properly equipped for an armed defense, is what we need much more of among the concealed-carry community. And the Illinois CCW laws allowing him not only to mount an armed defense to protect himself, but others also, is the type… Read more »