After a hell of a long fight, concealed carry was finally legalized in the Land o’ Lincoln back in 2013. It’s not quite as easy to get a permission slip in Illinois as it is in other states — the powers that be made darn sure of that — but despite their best efforts to make it difficult and time-consuming, the state has close to 300,000 CCL holders now.
And you know what that means? More people who are legally able to bear arms to defend themselves, their families, and sometimes even the police from those who would do them harm.
The latest example comes from Chicago’s northwest side. As the Sun-Times reports, a 17-year-old tried to draw down (yes, that’s illegal) on a man in the city’s Cragin neighborhood on Wednesday
At 8:30 a.m., the 17-year-old boy and 42-year-old man were arguing in the 4900 block of West Fullerton, according to Chicago police. The boy got out of his vehicle and made threats at the man while trying to yank a handgun from the waistband of his pants, witnesses told police.
The 42-year-old, who has a concealed carry gun license, grabbed his handgun and shot the 17-year-old, according to police.
Just another crime prevented by a law-abiding citizen with a firearm. Something that happens at least 1.1 million times a year in this country.
The boy was charged with a felony count of unauthorized use of a weapon and a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.
And the 42-year-old got to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Nothing to see here. Move along.