Future State of Affairs

Tyler Schlecht

Passing the Bill

On July 9, 2013, a bill to recognize Illinois gun owners’ right to carry concealed firearms was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns. Critics of the bill have said that allowing people to have guns in Illinois, especially high crime areas like Chicago, would raise the crime rate. In fact, the opposite may be happening. This year, in April of 2014, Chicago experienced it's lowest crime rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014. Crime rates have dropped 20% in Chicago. I'm sure the Illinois Congress is probably pretty pleased that they passed this bill, because not only Chicago is seeing the impacts of the bill, but cities all over Illinois are feeling it. Crime is pretty much dropping all over Illinois.

Future Affairs

I believe the future affairs in Chicago will definitely be changing from the ways of the past because of the new concealed carry law. Criminals will be thinking twice before they enter a home because it may be the last thing they do. I think the future for Illinois includes a severely reduced crime rate from rates in the past decade. It's only been a little less than a year and there are already big changes going on in Illinois. Gun crime experts John Lott, Jr. and David Mustard made the famous argument in “Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Firearms” that: “When state concealed handgun laws went into effect in a county, murders fell by 8.5 percent, and rapes and aggravated assaults fell by 5 and 7 percent.” More guns translates to less crime. Or more like concealed carry translates to scared criminals. I don't believe concealed carry is a permanent solution, but it should probably last us a while; hopefully we have a better way for dealing with crime in a decade or so because concealed carry just might not do the job by then.
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