Some support for concealed carry in Illinois
A panel dominated by downstate lawmakers has again recommended the General Assembly give Illinois residents the right to carry concealed weapons.
For at least the fourth time in recent years, the House agriculture committee’s endorsement of the controversial idea likely will run headlong this spring into serious opposition from Chicago-area lawmakers who oppose the concept.
“There are obviously big philosophical issues over this,” said state Rep. John Bradley, a Marion Democrat who is pushing one of the two concealed carry proposals approved by the committee Wednesday.
Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states that do not offer residents the opportunity to carry concealed weapons if they undergo training.
The issue has never gained traction in the Legislature because of concerns by Chicago-area lawmakers about increased handgun violence.
Opponents say allowing more people to have weapons could lead to more shootings in the state’s largest city.
“When you increase access, you increase risk,” said Chris Boyster, spokesman for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. “You’re going to provide a false sense of security.” . . .
And the evidence for this last point is what? Permit holders are extremely law-abiding. They lose their permits for any gun related violation at hundredths or thousandths of one percent.