Cook County Board Poised to Shut Down Cabela's Superstore

Dec 09, 2007, 00:00 ET from Illinois State Rifle Association

    CHICAGO, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released
 today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
     Just weeks after its gala grand opening, the Cabela's superstore in
 Hoffman Estates, IL is facing closure by the Cook County (IL) Board. This
 impending action stems from a pair of proposed county ordinances
 prohibiting the retail sale of firearms at a location 15 miles or less from
 any other federally licensed firearm dealer. The proposals further prohibit
 retail sale of firearms within one mile of any school, church, place of
 worship, nursing home, homeless shelter, public housing, or military
 installation. With respect to these restrictions, Cabela's Hoffman Estates
 store loses on all counts - as does every other federally-licensed gun
 dealer in Cook County.
     "This proposal is an election year stunt instigated by Cook County
 Commissioner, Larry Suffredin," said ISRA Executive Director, Richard
 Pearson. "Although this is something that we'd expect to see from a
 gun-control extremist like Suffredin, I'm surprised to see astute
 politicians like Commissioners Claypool, Quigley, and Murphy signing on as
 co-sponsors to this farce."
     "Cabela's Hoffman Estates store employs hundreds of Cook County
 residents and brings in millions of sales tax dollars for the County,"
 continued Pearson. "If Cabela's cannot sell firearms, then there is no
 Cabela's. If there is no Cabela's, then those retail dollars flee to
 DuPage, Kane or Will counties. The cash-strapped Cook County treasury
 really can't afford such a huge hit just because Larry Suffredin doesn't
 like people who own guns."
     "From a practical standpoint, Suffredin's proposal is a non-starter,"
 commented Pearson. "It bears repeating that the Chicago Police Department
 has determined that 88% of murderers have previous criminal records as do
 76% of murder victims. Federally-licensed firearm dealers are not the
 problem - career criminals are."
     "Furthermore", continued Pearson. "When was the last known case where
 someone walks out the door of a gun shop, in the door of a nursing home,
 and then proceeds to shoot the place up? The same Chicago Police Department
 report lists alleyways as being popular places to get murdered. Why then,
 did Suffredin not specify that no gun shop could be within one mile of an
 alley? The reason is simple - shock value. Suffredin prefers to play on the
 plight of our most vulnerable citizens in order to advance his quixotic
 campaign to disarm hunters and sportsmen. Commonsense is not part of the
 Suffredin lexicon."
     "One insidious side-effect of the Suffredin proposal is that it deeply
 erodes the home-rule authority of many of the larger communities in Cook
 County," noted Pearson.
     "The Suffredin proposal is expensive, ineffective, divisive and
 impractical," said Pearson. "I hope that Board President Stroger has the
 wisdom to immediately reject Suffredin's showboating."
     The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and
 responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the
 interests of over 1.5 Million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association