”The threat to law enforcement would be enormous with that many people out there allowed to carry guns,” said Moline Police Chief Gary Francque. “I am a supporter of a person maintaining a weapon in their home and defending in their homes, but to be out running around with concealed weapons, you’re asking for a huge increase in violence.”No Chief, actually you wouldn't. In the other 48 states that have CCW in some form or another, no such thing has happened.
And then there's the other traditional "it will just be taken away from you" idiocy:
East Moline Police Chief Victor Moreno warned that a concealed carry law, besides creating the possibility that handguns carried for protection could be taken away by criminals, would alter the way police and public interact. He said it would change officers’ approach to an individual because of the potential of them carrying a handgun.So what this really shows is that the police chiefs in the Moline, Il area haven't kept up w/ the news for the last 20 or so years and have only read press releases by the Brady Campaign. Such fine examples of public figures.
There is, though, a glimmer of hope in this sea of ignorance. One point of light is the President of the Illinois Sherriff's Assoc. who supports the measure.
All Illinois residents need to contact not only their State Senators and Representatives, but also their County Police Chief and ask them to support this measure.
Thanks to the Champaign County Rifle Assoc. GSL Daily Blog for the info.
Petey's Powderhorn has more.