Illinois Concealed Carry Law

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

It took until July of 2013, but my home state of Illinois became the last state in the Union to enact a concealed carry law. Illinois was last for a reason, and both sides offered plenty of rhetoric. The Antis claimed the law would paramount to the Wild West; the streets would lawless and gun fights rampant. A friendly punch to the snot locker would instead lead to murder conviction because everyone would be packing heat.

Salesman showing sub compact pistol at Pekin Gun and Sporting Goods

Pekin Gun and Sporting Goods in Pekin Illinois has seen a significant interest in concealed carry guns since the new laws were instituted.

On the other hand, there was the pro Second Amendment crowd and the NRA. We claimed the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun was a good guy (or gal) with a gun. Those bent on evil have already proven laws do not deter them. Nowhere was that more evident than god ‘ol Cook County, Illinois. Touting the highest murder rate in the state and likely the country, Cook County posed the strongest opposition to the new law.

Beginning January 1, 2014, Illinois began accepting applications for concealed carry permits. The pro 2A crowd was thrilled and skeptical at the same time. The state gave police the task of handling the issuing of the permits. The prevailing fear was that the police would follow the lawmaker’s example and drag its feet to make every effort to slow the process.

I am pleased to report that was not the case. Given the volume of permits and complexity of implementing a new process, I think the police have been just about as efficient as possible given the circumstances and bureaucracy to which it is also subjected. That left the onus to the people; the empowered people who have successfully completed their training and been vetted by the authorities. The permits started arriving in mailboxes and I am sure more than a few handguns were subject to a long overdue breath of fresh air.

As of yet, I have not heard of any high noon shootouts or gunslingers with hats pulled low over their eyes looking for a fight. However, I have listened and managed to hear gun related news. This week, Chicago police announced that the city’s first quarter murder rate was the lowest since 1958.
Via ABC-affiliate Eye Witness News in the Windy City:

  • The first three months of the year saw six fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013—a 9% drop—and 55 fewer murders than 2012, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
  • There were 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims, drops of 26 and 29% respectively, according to police statistics.
  • Compared to the first quarter of 2012, there have been 222 fewer shootings and 292 fewer shooting victims. Overall crime is down 25 percent from last year, and police said they recovered more than 1,300 illegal guns in the last three months.
Pekin Gun customer looking for a new long gun in .308.

Beyond concealed carry weapons, the new focus on firearms has renewed interest in long guns as well.

Now to be fair, I have used some 2012 statistics that show a downward trend before the enactment of the law. Unlike the antis, we have truth on our side and can afford to be honest without the need to skew the numbers. The downward trend is a victory, but more importantly, the numbers also show law-abiding gun owners have never been the problem nor the people whose rights should have been restricted.

In the end, the Right to Bear Arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the murder rate or any crime statistics. In a country of well over 300 million, if there is going to be a single violent crime, one incident where a person is forced or obligated to defend his person, property or loved ones, I do not want that person to be me. As Shakespeare once famously penned, “To thine own self be true…and exercise your right to carry concealed!” I think that is what Polonius said. At least, I am sure that is what he meant to say…

How do you feel the future crime rate will be effected by the new concealed carry laws? Tell us in the comment section.

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  • marcus

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    As far as I know there is no designation on the number of firearms that can be concealed at one time on one person. The law seems to relate only to a single firearm without restriction to multiple.

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  • frank

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    Can anyone tell me the page of the CCL where it states how MANY firearms can be legally carried in Illinois at a time? The word “firearm” was mentioned a hundred times or more, in fact, on my CCL the word “firearm” is mentioned 6 times. Firearm is singular. The illinois state police aren’t sure, my instructor stll can’t find the law’s wording on it, BUT he has his “opinion” as we all do, so just the page and paragraph of the law please.

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  • Frantz

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    Tony M. – P.O. RET. You’re still here on mother Earth. The Crackers as you originally called them didn’t full-fill a grudge. I never said you didn’t have a right to have a conceal-carry firearm. All I said is police officers off duty and retired officers need to follow the law just like everyone else. which means you have to comply with the conceal carry law and have the papers to show you have that right to carry.

    As for Ron’s statement, about police officers being trained. They haven;t been trained to the conceal-carry requirement of the new law. and as for a background check. Illinois is a foid card state. anyone with a foid card has had a background check. Therefore, using Ron’s logic everyone in the state of Illinois already has the right to conceal-carry because we have already passed the foid card requirement.

    You guy are still trying to tell me you don’t think your special, but none of you want to comply with the law. You guys still think everyone else should comply with this law, but Police officers. You guys are killing me with this double-standard logic of yours.

    Lets put this in simple terms. If Police Officer are unwilling to comply with the cost/requirements of the conceal-carry laws. Then why should anyone else give a f@#k about these laws. If you guys are not willing to comply with these laws when off duty or retired. Your sending the message that you want special treatment. That these laws are a waste of your time and money. Everyone else is looking at your actions of non-compliance and saying to themselves “If the cops don’t give a f@#k about this law. then why should I have to follow this f@#king law?”

    Think about that. Your actions of non-compliance and special treatment send the clearest of messages that these laws are a joke. The Police force can’t and don’t want to comply with the these laws. What kind of example is that from the men and women that are suppose to be enforcing the laws. You can’t be bothered with complying with the law your task with enforcing. It is that simple of an issue. If you can’t be bothered with compliance with the law. then we the people don’t need to be bothered or comply with that law.

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  • TONY M. - P.O. RET.

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    YES FRANTZIE BABY I MADE THE MISTAKE COMING OUT WITHOUT MY OFF DUTY BECAUSE I WAS DRESSED UP TO HAVE DINNER WITH MY FAMILY AND WAS THE ONLY MALE AT MY TABLE! THE CRACKER IS THE GUY I PUT IN PRISON FOR CARRYING A LOADED 45 IN A SHOULDER HOLSTER AND DEALING DRUGS WITHIN 1000FT. OF A SCHOOL. BUT YOU WOULDNT UNDERSTAND THAT MY CONCERN WAS HAVING TO WALK TO THE CAR KNOWING THERE WERE 4 GUYS THAT MAY WISH TO FILL A GRUDGE. IM DONE WITH THIS I DIDNT REALIZE THIS WAS JUST ANOTHER SITE FOR PEOPLE TO HIDE AND THROW ROCKS. THIS IS MY LAST MSG. I WILL DELETE THIS FILE. GOOD BYE WHO EVER YOU ARE. I STATED FACTS. NOT RUMOR. YOU CLEARLY HAVE A GRUDGE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND CHOSE TO VENT ON THIS SITE. PROBABLY DO A GOOD JOB ON FACEBOOK TOO. ANOTHER SITE WHERE PEOPLE CAN HIDE BEHIND THE KEYBOARD. LIKE THE COUNTRY SONG SAYS “IM DONE”

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  • Frantz

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    Hilario P
    Right which is a policy of you department. You were not forced by law to carry that gun. Because it is a policy of most police departments and not a law. There is nothing that said you can’t be required to have the same papers while off duty as any other citizen carrying a conceal weapon.

    Tell me this if you carried you badge around off duty and flashed it around could you get into trouble? There isn’t any crime, nothing is in play that needs a police officer, but your flashing your badge around to let people know your an off duty cop. Could you get into trouble with your department?

    If you could/can get into trouble for flashing you badge around off duty. Then that means there is a limitation of when that badge can be used. If the badge can have a limitation then carry you issued firearm can have a limitation. If you are carrying your personal firearm instead of the issued firearm. Then there should be a limitation on your personal firearm because it is not part of your job. Therefore you should have to have the same papers as anyone else to carry your personal firearm in public.

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    • RON

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      THE REASON FOR A CCW IS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. YOU HAVE TO BE TRAINED,HAVE A BACK GROUND CHECK, AND THEN PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF PROTECTING YOUR SELF !
      IN IL. THAT COST $600+ (MY STATE IT IS $50) CAN YOU SAY RIP OFF ?
      A POLICEMAN HAS ALREADY BEEN TRAINED, HAD HIS BACKGROUND CHECKED! WHY SHOULD HE HAVE TO PAY THIS RIDICULOUS $600+ RIP OFF ?

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    • Hilario P

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      I Agree with you Ron!

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  • Frantz

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    Tony M. Your old P.O. saying makes it sound like you did something wrong with the Cracker at the dinner. You were the one that was concerned about them staring at you and your family.

    I think you missed the point of what my father was telling me. Every job has a some type of sh.t you have to stand in. If you are not willing to pay the price of standing in that sh.t that come with that job. Then don’t take that job.

    If you don’t want to take a chance at being shot at. Then don’t become a Police officer, or join the military. That is some of the sh.t that comes with the job, but you think because the sh.t of your job is special you shouldn’t have to follow the same laws everyone else has to because you sh.;t is special. It is not special, it just part of your job.

    Therefore, because you took the job, knowing that, that sh;t, was part of it. You have no reason to be treated special. All thing being equal. If we follow your logic everyone can claim special treatment because of the specific sh.t of their job.

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  • Hilario P

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    Tony M.-P.O. Ret
    You are so right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you!

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  • Hilario P

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    Dear Frantz
    I never said anything about being special. In Texas when I was a police officer I had to carry my gun at all times when I was away from home. It was part of our SOP. We could get laid of with out pay if we did not have our guns with us. We were to told to take action if a major crime was committed in our presents or view.
    I am retired and I am complying to the federal law. Please read H.R. 218: The law enforcement officers Safety Act of 2004.
    I am a combat vet 1967-1969. I do not thank anyone should carry a fully automatic weapon.
    I can not speak for every officer but I did not make the above law but I Have had to us my hand gun to protect someone from being killed by her boy friend ,within the last year. I thank the lady was very happy i was around and carrying a gun!

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