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Ill. authorities weigh in on concealed carry

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It's been a controversial topic from the start and now, local law enforcement weigh in on Illinois' Concealed Carry Law. It's been a controversial topic from the start and now, local law enforcement weigh in on Illinois' Concealed Carry Law.
In an emergency situation, Ladd likes the thought of others being armed in order to protect themselves and others. In an emergency situation, Ladd likes the thought of others being armed in order to protect themselves and others.
The Illinois state police now have 180 days to develop a concealed-carry licensing program and 60 days to license instructors and training courses. The Illinois state police now have 180 days to develop a concealed-carry licensing program and 60 days to license instructors and training courses.
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MARION, IL (KFVS) -

It's been a controversial topic from the start and now, local law enforcement weigh in on Illinois' Concealed Carry Law.

"You may also have potential allies," says Energy Police Chief Shawn Ladd.

He says more guns on the street mean extra help.

"I like my odds if I have someone there that is trying to help me," says Ladd.

In an emergency situation, Ladd likes the thought of others being armed in order to protect themselves and others.

And with police expecting 300,000 applications within the first year for their concealed carry permits, it's likely help won't be far away.

"I think it is citizens every God-given right to defend themselves and their family, and if a bad guy approaches you and has a weapon, then why shouldn't you as well?" he says.

Marion's Assistant Police Chief Dan Byrne says it's the hope that more guns on the street will result in less crimes.

"If a criminal is approaching them, they are going to be a little less likely approach them too much if there's a possibility that they might be armed," Byrne says.

Regardless, Byrne says his department will continue to respond to every call the same.

"We always assume that they're armed," he says.

But Byrne says there is one thing he and the department will change as soon as the law takes effect.

"The first thing they do when they stop somebody, they will ask them, do they have a conceal carry permit," says Byrne.

The Illinois state police now have 180 days to develop a concealed-carry licensing program and 60 days to license instructors and training courses.

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