Illinois State Police Mails First Wave Of Concealed-Carry Permits

The handful of states left in the US that don’t do this are becoming increasingly isolated. I’m glad to see a Illinois finally take this step.

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Illinois Conceal Carry Applications Overwhelmingly Outpace Obamacare Enrollment

A group of local public school teachers from nearby schools use rubber training guns as they practice proper firearms handling during a teachers-only firearms training class offered for free at the Veritas Training Academy in Sarasota, Florida January 11, 2013. The December 14 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has sparked a national debate about whether to arm teachers, prompting passionate arguments on both sides.  REUTERS/Brian Blanco  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS EDUCATION)

A group of local public school teachers from nearby schools use rubber training guns as they practice proper firearms handling during a teachers-only firearms training class offered for free at the Veritas Training Academy in Sarasota, Florida January 11, 2013.  REUTERS/Brian Blanco

On the heels of a federal court striking down Chicago’s ban on gun sales, those seeking gun permits in Illinois flooded the State Police website over the weekend to begin the permitting process.

In fact, the amount of Illinois residents seeking a conceal carry permit already surpasses those who enrolled in Obamacare after the first two months of the launch of healthcare.gov. The Chicago Sun-Times reported 4,525 individuals signed up on Sunday alone for their firearms permits, when the State Police first opened the process to all concealed carry applicants.

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said that number is included in Sunday’s total of more than 11,000 people who have signed up because of an early application process that began December 18 and was open to only firearm instructors. Officials told the Sun-Times they expect 350,000 to 400,000people (about 1,000 per day) will sign up for conceal carry firearm permits this year.

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The End of Gun Registry in Chicago

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Richard A. Pearson: “It was just harassment of law-abiding gun owners, and that’s all it was ever meant to be”

Katie Howland writes: Gun owners in Chicago no longer have to register firearms with local authorities, the New York Times reports. Read the rest of this entry »


Carry at the Office

If you’re lucky enough to be legally permitted to carry a concealed firearm at work, here are some tips for the best methods.

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There are many options for concealed carry in everyday “street” clothes, but the work environment limits the options for concealed carry in the office. Carrying a firearm discreetly is always a tradeoff between firepower and concealability, and the office environment places a higher priority on concealment than other considerations. This makes it a challenge to find ways to carry a firearm safely and comfortably in today’s “business casual” workplace.

The recent popularity of .380 ACP semi-automatic “pocket” pistols has made concealed carry in the office much easier. Manufacturers such as RugerSmith & Wesson and many others have introduced (or reintroduced) small, thin, lightweight pistols that conceal easily yet are reliable and powerful enough to carry with confidence. If revolvers are more to your liking, there are also new offerings in .38 Spl. and .357 Mag., such as the Ruger LCR and Smith & Wesson Bodyguard.

It’s important to consider the legal ramifications of concealed carry in your workplace. State laws regarding firearm carry on private property such a business or office building vary widely, and it is imperative to thoroughly study your state’s laws and applicable federal law before deciding to carry at work. Also consider the legal and ethical consequences of carrying a concealed firearm at work, such as the human-resources policies of your employer or landlord, and what might occur if those rules are not followed.

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