Illinois State Police have set up their own Star Chamber to deny Illinois concealed carry license (CCW) applicants the right to carry.
The concept of a Star Chamber evolved out of 16th and 17th century England where ordinary courts failed to satisfy justice for the ordinary man or exempted nobility from punishment. Court sessions were held in secret, with no indictments and no witnesses. Eventually, the Star Chamber evolved into a political weapon like that used by the Illinois State Police.
In a recent piece by Kim Geiger and Darleen Glanton for the Chicago Tribune, it was established that over 800 applicants for concealed carry licenses in Illinois have been denied by the Illinois State Police. The CCW eligibility board meets behind closed doors and it keeps all decisions secret, refusing to inform applicants why they were denied or how the board came to their conclusions.
star-chamber-quoteNearly 200 denied CCW applicants have filed lawsuits in order to force the state police to reveal their approval/denial system. The secrecy and arbitrariness is egregious enough to get the National Rifle Association (NRA) involved. The NRA hired Washington, DC, lawyer David Thompson to file lawsuits in the US District Court and in the Illinois state court. Gun control advocates say that it’s a good thing that CCW applicants have to face law enforcement screening before a license is approved. They say that law enforcement knows how to screen applicants and secret or not, the final decision rests with the Star Chamber..."
(Via.) TheGunMag Illinois State Police using ‘Star Chamber’ CCW policy