Wisconsin implemented Concealed Carry back in November 2011. Since then, over 184,000 people have applied for permits. Despite all the guns on the street, the sky still hasn’t fallen and Wisconsin hasn’t become the wild, wild west.
If fact, with the exception of a few misguided licensees, the concealed carry law has created few issues at all for law enforcement, but in fact has stopped several crimes and saved a number of lives.
Illinois is now facing the same challenges that Wisconsin faced in 2013; implementing a new gun law. Unlike Wisconsin, however, Illinois is not happy about being required to implement the new law. With only a month before it needs to be adopted, the details are still being debated by lawmakers.
Wisconsin is Illinois neighbor and also the last state in the union to enact a concealed carry law, back in 2011. Hopefully lawmakers are looking to Wisconsin to see what has worked and adapting Wisconsin’s success for the benefit of the state of Illinois. Sadly, however, it appears that Illinois is creating a cumbersome law filled with red tape and bureaucracy which is sure to infringe on the rights of the people who need it most.
Exorbitant fees, training, and paperwork will deter financially challenged citizens living in high crime areas from obtaining a license and/or a gun.