Sagnamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell is among those who are pleased Illinois residents will soon have the right to carry a concealed firearm.
Campbell says the sheriff’s department will be working with the state’s attorney and other police departments to make sure people are able to protect themselves if needed. Still, Campbell says he doesn’t see conceal carry having an effect on local crime rates.
“I think that people will feel much safer that are out there. They have the ability to protect themselves and their families,” says Campbell. “But in the end, our crime rate probably will remain fairly close to what it is now. Again, just people will have the ability to protect themselves if they’re confronted by a violent offender.”
Campbell is also urging people to wait until the process is up and running and have received a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. Police have the discretion to arrest anyone for carrying without a permit, but roughly a dozen state’s attorneys have said they won’t prosecute for concealed weapon violations.
Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser has said he won’t prosecute unless the gun was used in a crime.