Concealed Carry Law In Illinois In The Wake Of The Zimmerman Trial In Florida

As of July 9, 2013, it is legal to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois since the 7th U.S.  Circuit Court of Appeals found Illinois law against concealed carry unconstitutional on January 9, 2013. There is one caveat, however.  You have to have a permit issued by the State Police. They won’t be set up for that for about 6 months.  Other requirements of the law are that an applicant must pass a background check, and take 16 hours of training. Accordingly, I don’t recommend carrying a concealed weapon until you have a permit and satisfied all the requirements of the law.

It has been reported that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has said that he will arrest people anyway, regardless of the law. I’m not sure if this is actually true, but I put it here to warn those of you who would carry a concealed weapon to beware. Just because it’s legal to carry a concealed weapon doesn’t mean you won’t be arrested. Look at the Zimmerman case in Florida. It was legal for him to carry a gun, but political pressure brought about an arrest and indictment.

My advice to those of you who see the need to carry a concealed weapon is twofold: 1) never, never, never pull the weapon except in extreme circumstances to save your life, or the life of another; and 2) keep my phone number with you at all times, because there are politicians and community activists who will pressure law enforcement to make unlawful arrests. Besides, even if you use the weapon legally doesn’t mean you won’t be arrested. This is a state that is anti-gun, and everything will be done to discourage people from legally carrying a gun.

P.S. Pulling a gun and threatening someone is an aggravated assault, even if not discharged (shot). Just showing the gun and threatening someone is an aggravated assault. Both are felonies, and carry prison time.

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