Lawsuits Filed As Chicago Denies Black People Concealed Carry Licenses


Since the State of Illinois passed a controversial Concealed Carry Weapons permit law last year, a flood of African American applicants have found themselves denied even though they are qualified to receive the permits according to the prerequisites of the law. 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’ 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.

Thomas’s clean record seems to be corroborated by a search of Cook County court records, where he lives. The database turned up no charges. An Air Force spokesman further reported to the local Tribune that Thomas received and honorable discharged in 2012. They added that his military record contains no unfavorable information.

Lawyers involved in the cases say “There are law-abiding citizens in the state of Illinois who are fully eligible to carry, and they are denied the right and not given any notice as to why,” according to David Thompson, a Washington, D.C., attorney hired to file companion lawsuits in Illinois state court and U.S. District Court. “We want a process established that gives people notice of what evidence the state used to make the determination … and an opportunity to rebut by putting in their own evidence.”

Federal law prohibits convicted felons and convicted domestic abusers from obtaining firearms. Illinois goes even further with their requirements for obtaining a concealed carry permit. So why are Caucasians being given licenses, while African Americans and others with clean records are being turned away?

It makes you wonder.

(Article by Jackson Marciana and Arman B.)

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  1. Joe Beararms, Black people siding with republicans is not going to give them any better results in America!

    What you read are the conditions on the ground in perpetual real time and to pick up where the article left off…the 21st century is literally coming to kill you black man..

    They have already built the runway and unless you have the resources to maintain you’re going into slavery and to make certain you don’t have the resources to maintain they closed off all avenues of escape……

    They closed your schools, libraries, hospitals, body building gyms, taken away your guns, increased your prison time, rolled back your civil rights, revoked your right to be silent, foreclosed your homes, let you rot with disease, moved trauma centers away from you, build penitentiaries for you, flooded the market with slave movies and shooting you dead on sight.

    They are not going to let black people walk around in the 21 century ignorant, fighting and an embarrassment to yourself and everyone around you……FORGET ABOUT IT…

    In 2016 they are coming to kill you.

    Every race but the black race is allowed to own a gun and carry a gun. Laws have been interpreted to mean that the moment you so much has raise your voice out of irritation or frustration they are going to lynch you, imprison you or straight out shoot you dead.

    In 2016 they are coming in low, fast and hard.

    They are coming in with laws, legislation, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, codes of conduct and a strict zero tolerance enforcement against black people designed to push you into irritation, frustration and back into 1856 slavery in order to continue feeding the prison Industrial complex beast.

    They are coming to kill you black man and the black woman will have a choice: Accept their offer to move her and her children into the arms of another man or die with the black man.

    If her child is a black boy she will have no choice but to die with the black man because black boys are on the hit list to serve the Industrial prison complex beast however if your black boys turn gay the black woman can bring them to safety as sex options for other races.

    If you want to remain a black unit of man, woman and child you will have to fight for your right to exist and debating , ignorance, profanity, pornography and fight videos isn’t it.

    • You spout off about racism and then incite more racism. Real productive. Yeah, let’s move forward by running backwards.

      You honestly think the government is just trying to disarm and oppress black people? You must live in a tiny world, closed off from reality. Republicans and Democrats alike want nothing more than to enslave us all and live like kings at our expense.

      In response to your whole 2016 thing, Obama is in on the whole race baiting deal. Hell, he’s probably the one pulling all of the strings. If anything, the racial tension should calm down once he’s out of office, that is unless the gov. or all you racists get your way and start some kind of counterproductive conflict by then.

      If people like you would stop trying to segregate the population and incite race wars, we might actually make a dent in reducing racism and it’s even possible that we could rise up as one united nation and strike down the overgrown government that is oppressing us all.

  3. Keep on pushing it people. These type of ad hoc decisions by these anonymous committees are ridiculous. If you qualify under the law you should be able to declare your license or permit granted. That’s what a state senator sponsored and got passed in Minnesota when it comes to any type of license or permit issued by the state, if a person has paid his fee and complied with all of the state’s application process. Whomever sponsored the initial law should be contacted to amend the law to include the same consideration, in order to circumvent this problem which is what people were experiencing with all licenses and permits in Minnesota, a person has the right after 60 days if he/she has not received a written statement telling him why he was denied for cause, to declare his/her license or permit granted pursuant to whatever section of law authorizes it.

  4. Nowhere in this articles does it mention the political party of the review board. You sound like a fucking crazy person.

    • Doesn’t sound so crazy if you refer to history. Democrats have always attempted to disarm the blacks. The NRA has always, from way back in the 1800’s, supported them having the right to bear arms. Refer to the Deacons of Defense and Social Justice an historic black movement.

  5. Yes, it makes you wonder. It makes you wonder why black Americans vote for Democrats.

    Nobody works harder to make sure black Americans remain disarmed than the party they loyally support.

    Good for these folks challenging the obvious BS.

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