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Drop the 'conceal' from conceal carry
The Illinois General Assembly is expected to approve some form of conceal carry legislation in the coming weeks. The legislation will allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for their own protection.
We would like lawmakers to drop the "conceal" from the final bill. If more folks are going to be carrying firearms into local public places like stores, mini-marts and restaurants, we would just as soon see who they are. That way we will be able to at least attempt to steer clear if we don't like their looks or manner or they appear to be having an especially difficult day.
Certainly those who wish to carry firearms shouldn't object to being able to publicly display their firearms. By so doing, they'll be able to send a not-so-subtle message that they are prepared to respond at any time to any threats to their physical safety.
The last thing we want are any more incidents like the one that occurred at an Oswego big box store in September 2011 when a 62 year-old man who was carrying a concealed .22 Derringer somehow managed to shoot himself in the leg while in the store's produce section. After the small gun discharged, it fell out of his waistband onto the floor. Fortunately, no one else was shot. We believe if the gentlemen had been carrying the gun in a safe, easy-to-access belt-clip or even shoulder holster it likely would have never discharged.