Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Backs Proposed Concealed Carry Rights

As reported, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association has declared support for Illinois HB245, which would allow IL residents to obtain concealed carry permits after passing background checks and training courses:

The proposed concealed carry law would allow IL citizens the right to carry a concealed firearm for self defense, so long as they met the following requirements:

  • At least 21 years old.
  • A resident of Illinois for the past six months and a permanent U.S. resident.
  • No conviction of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
  • No lack of mental capacity.
  • No problems with substance abuse.

It is good to see Illinois law enforcement officials standing up for concealed carry, as it benefits both law abiding citizens and police officers.  Illinois and Wisconsin are the only two states left in the country that have no provision in their laws to allow law abiding citizens to carry a gun for self defense.  Instead, in Illinois, the gang members and other violent criminal are illegally armed, while their victims are defenseless.  Remember, criminals break laws, and the law against carrying a gun certainly isn’t going to deter a person who is bent on committing murder.  Illinois needs to follow in the footsteps of the country’s other 48 states, and allow the good members of society the right to defend themselves.

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I would also like to point out that this concealed carry bill was introduced by Rep. John Bradley, the Democrat from Marion, IL.  Those who incorrectly believe that gun rights are only supported by Republicans, and only opposed by Democrats should take note of this and the many other similar cases of pro gun Democrats.  The fact is that gun rights fit in with liberal values, and there are plenty of liberal gun owners out there.

I would encourage Illinois residents to contact their elected officials and voice support for HB245, which would bring concealed carry rights to Illinois.