County has the top per-capita rate in Illinois, with 14 percent of its residents
holding concealed carry licenses, followed by Shelby County, with 9 percent.
I talk to folks that are supporters of concealed carry here, a lot of them want
to get their permits so they can keep a gun in the car just so they have it when
they travel to bigger towns and cities,” said Shelby County Sheriff Michael
County is in southwestern Illinois, about an hour and 45 minutes driving time
from St. Louis. Its crime rate is low, and the majority of charges are
domestic-related, Sheriff Miller said. He doesn’t anticipate concealed carry
to change the statistics much.
are folks who just want to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Sheriff
Miller said. “Luckily, we don’t have a gang problem or any serious violent
crime. Our types are just rednecks that like to hunt and fish.”
County Sheriff Paul Gann said it’s too early to tell whether an increased
carry rate will have an influence on crime rates.
I can tell you is we haven’t seen a spike in crime,” said Mr. Gann. “We
haven’t seen a spike in anything that’s gun-related — brandishing a
firearm, shootings, robberies, nothing. These are law-abiding individuals.”
a national perspective, Florida has the most active concealed carry permits, at
nearly 1.3 million. Texas is second, with just over 708,000. Hawaii, at 183, has
the fewest of states whose data were available.
300,000 concealed carry licenses, Illinois would compare with Virginia, which
has 363,274, and Alabama, with 379,917.