Steve King, who operates the Belleville Indoor Shooting Range, says law abiding residents of East St. Louis and throughout Illinois should be able to legally carry concealed handguns to defend their lives. "Much of the crime in our area is in East St. Louis," said King, "This is not meant to be derogatory toward East St. Louis. There are many law abiding people there who have their backs against the wall who must risk breaking the law to protect themselves. They should be allowed to protect themselves." And some top metro east lawmen agree. They urge that a law be adopted in Illinois to make it legal for qualified persons to pack a handgun. Illinois and Wisconsin are the only two states to entirely ban concealed firearms.
Read Original at: The Belleville News Democrat (Ill.)