Law-abiding citizens who are properly trained* in the use of firearms can help deter a potential crime in their homes and perhaps in their communities; moreover, general public safety might in fact improve with a well-trained armed citizenry. The right to bear arms is a pre-emption for crime. Gun control laws do not reduce crimes. Instead, they deprive law-abiding citizens of a means for contingent crucial protection until the police arrive too late.
- Total ICCL holders in Illinois: 120,047
- Total FOID card holders: 1,891,078
- Women make up 16.5% of the ICCL holders (Illinois State Rifle Association).