Editorial: Lawmakers should pass concealed-carry law
Legislation allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons would be a step in the right direction.
Advocates believe this would permit law-abiding people to protect themselves and their families in situations where police cannot. Critics, however, view such laws as opening the floodgate to additional violence. They believe the nation is awash in too many guns as it is; why make it easier for people to get more?
Two bills in the Illinois House of Representatives raise the issue of whether residents should be allowed to carry concealed weapons. House Bill 245 would authorize the Illinois State Police to grant concealed-carry permits to qualified individuals. House Bill 462 would allow county sheriffs to issue concealed-carry permits.
Only Illinois, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia have no law on the books allowing some form of concealed-carry. While a few of the remaining 48 states have substantial restrictions, most states recognize the value of allowing residents to defend themselves against acts of violence — and statistics back up the logic.
The theory is: Since criminals like to go after easy targets, passing a concealed-carry law throws an obstacle in their path. Criminals wouldn’t know who’s carrying what. It forces criminals to think twice before assaulting anyone because he or she may have a firearm.
As long as any concealed-carry law screens individuals and mandates extensive training in order to carry a firearm, state lawmakers should pass one. Concealed-carry laws have proven successful everywhere they’ve been enacted, so it’s time Illinois joins in.
Suburban Life Publications