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Saturday, August 15, 2015

I-Team: Conceal-carry gun owner crimes rare in Illinois

-Of course these cases are rare. Law abiding citizens are not getting conceal carry permits to commit crimes, they are getting them to protect themselves from crime..
Normal people follow the law, it is the criminals who are obtaining guns through nefarious methods that are committing the crimes with them.-

ABC7 Chicago

An ABC7 I-Team Investigation
By Chuck Goudie
Friday, August 14, 2015 06:11PM

Crimes committed by concealed-carry gun owners are rare in Illinois, which has been issuing concealed weapons permits for less than two years.

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.

In 2017 Zimmerman, with a legally-carried pistol, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while on a neighborhood watch.

The number of concealed gun permits in Illinois is actually far short of what had been predicted. With many experts saying 300,000 licenses would be likely, only about a third of that number has been granted permits. Nationally, more than 11 million people currently hold concealed carry permits.