The Truth About Chicago Police Chief’s “Threat” to Shoot Concealed Carry License Holders


“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.” Gun rights advocates are up in arms at that one. They consider the Chief’s statement a threat against their lives. Well, yes. Yes it is. But it’s also the reality of the situation . . .

We’ve discussed this on this site before. If you’re involved in a defensive gun use (DGU), you are in real danger of getting shot by the cops.

In the fog of battle, in the heat of the moment, arriving cops are not going to see a firearm in a civilian’s hands and think “Maybe he’s the good guy!” They’re going to consider anyone holding a gun a lethal threat.

That’s doubly true in jurisdictions where legal concealed carry is a rare as spotting Rachel Feierman at Pep Boys. Places like Chicago, where cops have no “institutional memory” of righteous DGUs.

In any case, it’s up to you to “manage” the responding officer situation. As soon as you can, as soon as it’s safe to do so, put the gun away. Reholster into concealment or put it on the ground.

Don’t move. Follow instructions.

If it’s not safe to reholster or drop the gun, why are you standing there? Get you and yours away; you are under no legal obligation to remain in a dangerous situation.

Call the cops ASAP. Say only what’s strictly necessary. Which includes a description of yourself. Do not expect to be greeted as a hero, ’cause it ain’t gonna happen.

As for McCarthy, I don’t interpret his incendiary remarks as granting his troops a license to kill. There are a lot of reasons to consider McCarthy an enemy of our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, but this ain’t one of them.