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5 years 46 weeks ago, 6:11 PM

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Illinois sheriffs back concealed carry of guns, with limits

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor

BELLEVILLE -- Support for allowing concealed carry of firearms in Illinois — one of just two states that still outlaw it — is coming from what seems like an unlikely direction: the Illinois Sheriffs' Association.

The group, for the first time in its history, is taking a qualified stand in favor of the controversial practice.

State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, proposed a bill, HB245, last week that would allow residents to obtain concealed firearm permits. It would require background checks and training in handgun use, safety and marksmanship. Similar bills have been introduced in the past, and died with little support.

"I believe to be successful the key to concealed carry is training," said St. Clair County Sheriff Mearl Justus, voicing his support Wednesday. "If we allow concealed carry, we must make sure only the right people have the guns. This is best done by requiring training, proper identification, and a thorough background check — including a mental evaluation.

"If this is done, our citizens will have the right to concealed carry, but those who can't pass a background check or cannot successfully complete a training program will not be legally able to obtain a permit."

Gun control groups warn of the dangers of putting more weapons into circulation, and say few people will ever use firearms to defend themselves — and normally don't use the same level of consideration as law enforcement regardless of training.

Missouri authorized concealed carry in 2003. Wisconsin is the state besides Illinois that forbids it. "I've got mixed emotions about it," said Robert Hertz, the Madison County sheriff. "Some time ago I was dead against these laws, but I've moderated my view."

Hertz said he supported the association's position. A resolution of the organization, which represents the state's 102 sheriffs, says 90 percent support concealed carry if adequate training and safeguards are included.

"Good people should have more of an opportunity to defend themselves," Hertz said. "I support this only with restrictions."

5 years 46 weeks ago, 6:14 PM

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I hope we see alot more of this.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 7:21 PM

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yup

me too

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 5:19 AM

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We need nation wide Vermont or Alaska-style, CC law, but this is a step.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 7:55 AM

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We can only hope that more liberals will follow suit.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 8:05 AM

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the general public has been made scared of guns and been told the only way to protect yourself is to hide in your house and hope the bad guy doesn't come after you. The tree-huggin', faggot loving, liberals in charge of the media never report on citizens that defend themselves. The last time I saw a news report about a guy who was threatened, and shot the assailants, got thrown in jail. Yes there were three guys trying to rob this man. He successfully protected himself, but was made to look like the bad guy. The media BLASTED this poor guy. The family's of the perpetrators and the DA were trying to send this guy to prison.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 8:07 AM

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hide the bodies.

5 years 46 weeks ago, 8:12 AM

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Nope Barbeque Time

Invite 50 of your closest freinds over and tell them the steaks are on you.

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5 years 45 weeks ago, 4:42 AM

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You can feed 50 with three bodies? My friends must have big appetites. We only get enough for 7 or 8.

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