Chicago Police Chief Says There Will Be Tragedies When His Officers Shoot Legal Concealed Carriers

January 13 2013
by GSL Staff
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“I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster,” Chicago’s Police Chief Gary McCarthy told a Windy City radio interviewer at WVON 1690 am. “So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”

Oddly, police chiefs and sheriffs in the other 49 states where concealed carry has been legal for some time don’t seem to have that problem. Is the Chief just trying to scare people away from getting their carry permits once the new Illinois law is in place?

Maybe Chief McCarthy should spend some time with Sheriff Scott Berry and Sheriff Danny Peyman to learn how a chief law enforcement officer should treat the citizens in his area.

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