Consequences of Concealed Weapons Permits

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

2UrbanGirls broached the subject yesterday Are the LA County Sheriff considering issuing concealed weapons permits in Compton?  The post also discussed how a former police chief in Culver City, CA, was a major proponent of guns rights, and citizens rights to arm themselves, that he issued numerous concealed weapons permits during the 90’s.

Chicago, Illinois dominated the news early this year, when at the start of 2013, more than a dozen people were killed due to gun violence, in the first six days of January.  Chicago recently passed a law allowing for residents to have concealed weapons and the Chicago police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, is not too happy about it.  He is predicting that police will shoot citizens who are lawfully carrying firearms. McCarthy also cited the recent Trayvon Martin tragedy as a contributing factor as to why concealed weapons are not the best idea.

During an interview with WVON radio McCarthy made some very bold statements that show his disdain for the 2nd amendment.


“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “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. 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.” –


“You say concealed carry I say Trayvon Martin. Police officers make mistakes all the time,” McCarthy said. “We spend six months in the police academy, six months of field training and ongoing training on a regular basis and the fact is once in a while we’re going to shoot someone with a cellphone; we’re going to shoot somebody with a flashlight and none of that is okay. But now you take John Q. Civilian, you give them six weeks or 10 weeks of training and you say ‘have at it?’ The fact is more guns are not the solution to the firearm gun violence problem in this country. Less guns and reasonable gun laws are. And just because it’s 49 states to one doesn’t mean the state of Illinois is wrong on that one.” –

Some of our cities in the South Bay have former police officers elected as mayor: Paul Tanaka in Gardena and James Butts in Inglewood, to name a couple.  I wonder how they feel about their residents carrying concealed weapons issued via a permit from another city?  Is the citizen only allowed to carry the weapon in the city the permit is issued or wherever they want?  The mayor of Compton has already gone on the record in favor of citizens rights to own a gun.

How do you feel about concealed weapons permits?

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