"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one." -Thomas Jefferson
Why does Illinois not have a concealed carry law? Who does this really affect? Do you realize that the state of Illinois is the only state in the country that does not have a concealed carry law on the books? It seems to me that if every other state has a concealed carry law then maybe Illinois should have some form of legal concealed carry. Why is there a reluctance to let law abiding citizens defend themselves against the armed criminals that do not care if there is a law? In fact I would suggest that the criminals do not want a concealed carry law passed. It is less dangerous to rob somebody if you are armed and they are not.
The mayor of Peoria, Jim Ardis, has stated that he would like for the City of Peoria to be used as a pilot program for the state. This has not happened to date as there are some issues that would have to be worked out. It would almost have to be a county wide trial and not a city trial. It would be very hard for people to carry legally in the city but not in the county. There are places in Peoria where you think you are in the city but are actually in the county outside the city limits. This proposal was actually met with acceptance by police which surprised a lot of people. The police that supported the measure looked at it as if there is a concealed carry law you just assume everyone is armed and act accordingly. It would take away some of the anxiety that goes along with a stop. Instead of wondering to yourself if this person is armed or not you just assume they are.
There was recently an attempt to pass a concealed carry law in Illinois. The main opposition to the bill came from representatives from the Chicago area. It appears once again that Chicago politicians are dictating their values and beliefs on the rest of the state. There was however one representative from a suburban Chicago area that stood up for the bill. Republican Representative Joe Walsh spoke out in support of concealed carry. He was quoted as saying “we are an embarrassment,” speaking about the fact that Illinois is now the only state in the country without a concealed carry law. He claims that the Second Amendment is the most important amendment in the Bill Of Rights. He is also not just fighting for an Illinois law but a national concealed carry law as well. He has taken a lot of flak over his comments but he has not backed off of them. It is refreshing to see a politician standing up for what he believes in. You can read more about it here. http://www.usacarry.com/illinois-congressman-battles-anti-gun-group/
I believe this is an important topic. It is not one that is going away any time soon. I hope that Illinois will finally wise up to what the rest of the country already seems to know. It could also help financially as the state could put a tax on the license. Maybe one day soon we will be able to carry concealed weapons in the state of Illinois, until then I guess only the criminals will be armed.