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Joliet Reacts to Illinois' New Conceal Carry Law

Here's what our Facebook readers had to say about the General Assembly's action. Add your option at the bottom of this story.

Illinois officially legalized private carrying of concealed guns on Tuesday as both houses of the legislature voted convincingly to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto: the House by 77-31, and the Senate by 41-17.

The new legislation requires a background check and 16 hours of firearms training to purchase a $150 five-year concealed-carry license; as a "shall-issue" law, Illinois State Police must grant the license to anyone with those credentials.

Illinois faced a Tuesday deadline to adopt a concealed-carry provision after a federal appeals court ruled in December 2012 that the state's ban on concealed-carry was unconstitutional.

Joliet Patch readers took to our Facebook page to give their reaction to the legislation. Here's just some of what they had to say:
  • Ray S.: An armed society is a polite society.
  • Charles C.: Good idea. Now the good law abiding citizens can protect them selfs.
  • Larry H.: Its about time
  • Julie V.: I hate guns but...I think its a good idea to b able to have a gun to protect yourself from these hoodlums that are shooting innocent people
  • Anthony J.: Scared.
  • Philip L.: I think the conceal and carry law will reduce crime.
  • Sheri S. Dislike!!!
  • Marcia J.: Getting like the wild west.
  • Jim "tommy Boy" K.: Bad guy sticks up a store I'm in, now I get to shoot him before he shoots someone else. THANK YOU FOR LETTING US PROTECT OURSELVES!!!
  • Stephanie S.: I think the crime rate will drop for sure. It'll be good to have people to help out the system.
  • Loren P-M: Whoop, whoop! Finally!
  • Aprille R.: Maybe just maybe .... those that are criminals will think twice before they attack .... do they have a gun? Probably not because most criminals lack intelligence
Now it's your turn. What do you think of Illinois' new Conceal Carry law? Will it make us safer or does it invite more gun violence? Tell us in the comments section below.

Infamous Steve July 11, 2013 at 01:05 PM
@ Gayle...how do you feel about the drunks in bars that already carry them? That's the better question...
John Albert July 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Gayle, I worry more about the gang bangers and felons carrying guns already.
Able2survive July 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM
I worked with a guy that hung out at some local joliet are and he once said he carried a .45 everywhere he went this guy being a felon, he later was fired for failing a drug test. That's what I worry about, the criminals but good people do stupid things when drunk I don't know how I feel I would rather ban it where they serve alcohol and allow carrying at mass transit
John Albert July 13, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Able, your former coworker was breaking the law carrying the gun and wouldn't be able to even with the new law since he is a felon. People that do bad things with guns will do them with or without concealed carry. There be the few people that do something bad with a legal gun, but there will be thousands more that save lives with a concealed carry.
Able2survive July 15, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I agree my point was we should be able to protect ourselves against criminals like him who carry guns everywhere. I like this bill, it could of been a lot worse

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