Illinois is the only state in which law-abiding citizens are completely denied their right to carry firearms for self-defense.
The other 49 states recognize that criminals use weapons to commit crimes regardless of restrictions on firearms. Disarming the good people only allows criminals to flourish.
Law enforcement agencies in IL recognize this and support concealed carry legislation: Illinois Sheriff's Association, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Chicago Police Lieutenants Association, Chicago Police Sergeants' Association
Chicago had a complete ban on handguns for nearly 30 years, yet it remained one of the most violent places in our country.
Criminals don't follow the law, and disarming law-abiding citizens does nothing but create more victims.
Criminals know we are defenseless in Illinois, and take advantage of this.
Elsewhere in the country there are between 900,000 and 2,500,000 lawful, defensive gun uses each year preventing violent attacks. The threat of an armed citizen is enough to stop most attackers without even firing a shot.
The Illinois State Police recommend you defend yourself with keys, a comb, or nail file.
That's just ridiculous!
If combs and keys are effective weapons, why do the police carry guns?
Regardless of your size, age, or strength, a 250 pound rapist can be deterred with a firearm. Can you say the same about a comb?
The right to carry firearms for self defense does not return us to the "wild west," as Chicago's sensationalist media likes to suggest.
49 of 50 states - all but Illinois - allow their law-abiding citizens to carry firearms and there has been no rise in violent crime as a result. If you've traveled outside of Illinois, you've likely dined with, passed on the street, and interacted with many upstanding folks legally carrying concealed firearms.
As gun ownership is on the rise across our country, crime continues to slowly fall. Whether these are related is a complicated question - but one thing is for sure: at worst there is no relation between legal gun ownership and crime, and at best more guns means less crime.
This isn't difficult to imagine. As more law-abiding citizens carry guns, it becomes increasingly dangerous for criminals to assault us. This is a significant deterrent for would-be assailants in other states. Unfortunately in Illinois we aren't so lucky.
Until we restore our right to carry firearms for self-defense, we continue to be vulnerable to those who don't honor the law as we do.
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The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects our fundamental right to carry firearms for self defense and other lawful purposes. Every other state in this country protects this right, and the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in no uncertain terms that states may not infringe upon the right of an individual to keep and bear arms.
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It's important to understand that we do not advocate that everyone arm themselves. There are several reasons to not own firearms:
However, it is important that law-abiding citizens be protected in their freedom to make this choice, rather than the politicians of Illinois making this choice for us.
Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.
Jeffrey R. Snyder