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Why Illinois Businesses Should Allow Concealed Carry

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Many Illinois businesses are contemplating whether or not to post the State's "No Concealed Carry" placard on the front door of their establishments. What should they be researching while coming to this decision?

A few questions and facts...

Do you believe that displaying the placard will stop criminals from entering your establishment with illegal guns? If you're answer is "no," then you must realize the only people in your establishment with a gun will be bad guys who are happily aware no one else has one! You might as well name the placard the "Rob Me First!" sign.

In a report published on the Texas Concealed Handgun Association website in 2000 by engineering statistician William Sturdevant, the general public is 5.7 times more likely to be arrested for violent offenses and 13.5 times more likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses, than concealed carry permit holders.

Are you aware that by placing that "No Gun" placard in your window you may be placing your clientele at risk? When one of your patrons leaves your store, they are ripe for picking by any criminal who sees fit. The criminal will know that anyone leaving your business heading to the parking lot is unarmed!

Studies by the Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and the Congressional Research Services all show that more guns does NOT correlate to more crime. These same studies suggest just the opposite is true.

F.B.I. crime stats show that violent crime (including gun violence) has dropped by 50% in the last 20 years, while at the same time guns in the home have risen, as have States that have Concealed Carry.

You might want to go to JustFacts.com under gun control and read up on the unbiased factoids.

And last, but certainly not least...
As a Citizen with a concealed handgun license, I:
Have no felony convictions.
Have never been convicted of domestic violence.
Have no history of mental illness or drug addiction.
Have passed a background check and have my fingerprints on file with the Authorities.
Have passed mandatory training in both the use of a firearm and the applicable law.

Can you say that about your other customers?

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Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly,
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Comments

  1. vernsimpson's Avatar
    All very true. But around Chicago it may take a while for the businesses to understand. To many know they must kiss the Chicago Machine's tail end to be able to stay in business.
  2. Michael Loos's Avatar
    Chicago proper, yeah, absolutely. I'm out Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn way and I'm actually surprised by the amount of businesses that DON'T have placards. Good for them.
  3. ka2tsm's Avatar
    well said, CCW in PA
  4. Swather's Avatar
    Fearand ignorance is such a huge problem in Illinois. if these shop owners, would take the same classes as we are for conceal and carry. understand the time it takes. The way we take the laws seriously and to heart. They would take those signs down.
  5. Michael Loos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swather
    Fearand ignorance is such a huge problem in Illinois. if these shop owners, would take the same classes as we are for conceal and carry. understand the time it takes. The way we take the laws seriously and to heart. They would take those signs down.
    Amen to that!
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