2nd Amendment Foundation Backs Federal Challenge Of Illinois Transit Weapons Ban

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation announced today it is financially supporting a federal lawsuit filed by four Illinois residents who are challenging a ban on licensed concealed carry on Public Transportation under the state’s Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

The plaintiffs in the case are Benjamin Schoenthal, Mark Wroblewski, Joseph Vesel, and Douglas Winston. They are all residents of counties in northern Illinois in the greater Chicago area. They are represented by attorney David Sigale of Wheaton, Ill. The case is known as Schoenthal v. Raoul.

Defendants are Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and State’s Attorneys Rick Amato (DeKalb County), Robert Berlin (DuPage County), Kimberly M. Foxx (Cook County), and Eric Rinehart (Lake County), all in their official capacities.

“We’re financially supporting this case because it is the right thing to do,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “All four plaintiffs in this case are law-abiding citizens who cannot exercise their fundamental rights as spelled out by three Supreme Court rulings, including SAF’s 2010 McDonald victory that nullified Chicago’s unconstitutional handgun ban.

“Illinois lawmakers have made it as difficult as possible for honest citizens to exercise their right to bear arms,” he continued, “and the prohibition on licensed carry while traveling via public transportation is a glaring example. This ban is a direct violation of the Second and Fourteenth amendments, and we are delighted to support this case because it cuts to the heart of anti-gun extremism.

“Buses and commuter trains are public places, but they are hardly sensitive places,” Gottlieb observed. “The four plaintiffs in this case rely on public transportation to travel to and from various places, including work, and they should be able to carry firearms for personal protection while in transit. However, current laws, regulations, policies and practices enforced by the defendants have made that legally impossible.

“Illinois is trying to perpetuate an indefensible public disarmament policy despite the clear meaning of Supreme Court rulings,” he concluded, “and we’re going to help the plaintiffs put an end to this nonsense.”

Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) 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 720,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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This is a classic example of how Progressive lawmakers ignore the strict scrutiny logic test when applied to enumerated natural law based rights. The Illinois legislature cannot make a fact based case based upon the best evidence available to restrict the right to carry on public transit. Quite the opposite: travel on public transit is a clear and present danger in Chicago and in the vast majority of Progressive Utopias. As such, carrying a firearm for defense is a clear, logic based necessity. Kudos to liberty loving folks of Illinois for taking this on.


the biggest laugh in all of this is the ignoring of historic (required under buren) evidence ,almost all train and stage coach passengers were armed ,even dirt poor people had a flintlock ,only a few riligius groups shunned guns


THIS is why I make a monthly donation to the SAF. THIS is why they will ALWAYS have my full support!

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that and out of control government

AZ Lefty

You should seek help for your obvious sexuality issues princess


the people themselves who are going through the trans procedure
readily admit to mental issues,,,and thats not based on socities
not accepting or understand them

also,,,you cite the op having the “issues”

(maybe they do or dont) but you then assign him having the issues
the exact way he is saying they have issues


az may be a tranny and a closet one with issues, that has been said of hoover and would explain the built in paranoia of the agency and some of the illegal things they have done under color of law


how dare you misgender ps. have you met ps and conducted a mental health evaluation? what university did you graduate from to qualify for conducting said evaluation? ad hominem attacks are proof that your argument is very weak. personally, i do not approve of all of ps’s comments but here in America the First Amendment entitles us to speech that others may feel is offensive. also, like bored said, gender dysphoria was considered a mental illness until the left decided they would champion it. look at the suicide rate of people in this “movement”, it is about 40%, much higher… Read more »


You liberals should follow the science clown . There is no such thing as transgender. XX and XY . Now show me where the genetic makeup for a transgender fits in here ? I will be waiting clown !


Every time I see your name it makes me wish I had a .454 Casull …but as a rifle though…

Hey didn’t Harley have a 454C in “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man”?


Lefty can’t spell science let alone understand it. lefty forgot to take his meds again.


Oh why don’t you go suck start at 45 already?