Thursday, February 5, 2009

Support for Concealed Carry in Illinois Growing

There are currently only two states in the United States (on paper at least) where concealed carry is outlawed: Illinois and Wisconsin. The good news is that support seems to be growing to authorize concealed carry in Illinois with strong support now coming from a source of opposition in the past – the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.

State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, has introduced a bill (HB245) which would add Illinois to the register of states that issue concealed carry permits. Anti-Second Amendment groups naturally have reacted with their standard litany of scare tactics, but those seem to be ringing hollow these days as none of their dire predictions have come to pass in other states which issue concealed carry permits – if anything the opposite has been proven true.

St. Clair County Sheriff Mearl Justus summed up his feelings on the issue:

"I believe to be successful the key to concealed carry is training. If we allow concealed carry, we must make sure only the right people have the guns. This is best done by requiring training, proper identification, and a thorough background check — including a mental evaluation. If this is done, our citizens will have the right to concealed carry, but those who can't pass a background check or cannot successfully complete a training program will not be legally able to obtain a permit."

According to the article, 90 of Illinois 102 sheriffs support the measure with some sheriffs having changed their views on the topic over time. I’m certain the majority of the 12 dissenters are in the greater Chicago area where they continue to cling to their failed legacy of gun control laws that continue to create innocent victims at an alarming rate.

I sincerely hope that this measure passes and Illinois residents are given the same opportunity to defend themselves that residents of other states enjoy. Furthermore, I hope that if successful this measure will provide a stark contrast to the failed Chicago gun policies which have taken a bad situation and made it worse.

Until next time!!!

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