Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Crimes committed by concealed-carry gun owners are rare in Illinois"

“…When the first concealed-carry permit was issued in the state on December 18, 2013, there were predictions that Illinois would turn into the Wild West. That, of course, hasn't happened. Friday's apparent murder-suicide involving a licensed concealed weapon owner is unusual.

“There are now more than 120,000 concealed-carry licensees in Illinois and it is extremely rare to hear about a permit holder being involved in any violent crime, much less a murder. Friday's was the first of 2015 according to police officials, if not the first at all here since Illinois passed concealed carry. The Illinois standards and requirements are rigorous.

“Among them:
·         No violent criminal history, not even a misdemeanor.
·         No pending warrants.
·         No objections by local law enforcement.
·         Full background check.
·         16 hours of firearms training by a state police-approved instructor.

“So far, Illinois has revoked only a couple hundred concealed weapons permits for various infractions, 80 in Cook County. And there hasn't been a notorious case here, such as the infamous George Zimmerman in Florida, one of the original concealed carry states…”

For the I-Team Report, Conceal-carry gun owner crimes in Illinois, click here.

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