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May 18, 2016

Criminal law attorney Thomas Glasgow sits down with us and walks us through the important decision points that must be (or should be) considered before obtaining a conceal and carry permit.

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Thomas Glasgow

Thomas Glasgow is a former Cook County prosecutor. He has a wealth of experience trying cases on the criminal defense side as well. 

You, however, will probably recognize him from his appearance on local news broadcasts. Thomas has appeared as an expert commentator on ABC News, NBC News and CBS News as well.

Illinois Conceal And Carry Law

In this discussion, Thomas Glasgow does much more than just identify the Illinois conceal and carry law. In Illinois the statute is officially named The Firearm Concealed Carry Act, and it can be found at 430 ILCS 66/1 et seq.

Yes, Thomas highlights important aspects of the statute. 

For example, he explains that conceal and carry permit holders have the responsibility of knowing all the places that conceal and carry does not reach.

Even under conceal and carry an individual may still not carry a gun into the following places outlined by section 430 ILCS 66/65, Prohibited Areas. 

These prohibited areas include:

  • Preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and childcare facilities
  • Colleges and Universities and any real property, sidewalks and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, college, or university
  • Playgrounds and public parks
  • Bars (where more than 50% of the revenue is from liquor)
  • State and local government buildings, including those under the control of the executive or legislative branch of the government, local government and courthouses
  • Jails and detention centers
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities
  • Stadiums, arenas, and sporting events
  • Riverboats, racetracks, and OTBs
  • Airports
  • Museums, zoos, and amusement parks
  • Public transportation paid for in all or in part with state funds
  • Public gatherings authorized by a local government (e.g. street fairs, festivals, etc.)
  • Nuclear facilities and their parking areas
  • Any private property that is posted with appropriate signage (homeowners do not have to post signs)
  • Cook County Forest Preserve

However, Thomas really gets down to the most basic and pressing considerations any individual contemplating a conceal and carry permit should be making.

3 Part Discussion

In this three part discussion with Thomas Glasgow he covers the following areas:

  1. Relevant Aspects of Illinois Law
  2. Duties of all Gun Carriers
  3. The Crimes a Gun Carrier May Be Charged With
  4. What To Do If There is a Shooting
  5. What To Do If There is a Shooting in Your Home
  6. Other Civil Law Ramifications When Things Go Wrong

You can listen to Part One by hitting play at the top of this page.

In Part I Thomas Explains...

✓ That an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

✓ The statistics on the number of people with permits who are ending up with criminal charges.

✓ Besides safety and protection the other most popular reason individuals are likely to want a conceal and carry permit.

✓ There are reasons why a person should NOT get a conceal and carry permit. (He has no qualms about walking out of his office anyone that tells him this one reason.)

✓ Exactly what a conceal and carry permit holder needs to know about the Illinois conceal and carry law.

✓ That a hospital is much more than a big building with lots of sick people in it. It can include any office building where medical procedures take place. (Have you considered this or even thought it could be an issue? Thomas has which is why you should listen to this 3 part discussion.)

✓ That you absolutely can be charged with certain crimes even if you are a valid conceal and carry permit holder.

✓ Where you can find one safe haven for your gun outside your home (except when federal law butts in).

✓ What should you do when you suddenly find yourself in an area where the Illinois conceal and carry law does not reach, ie. a prohibited area! (Carriers always need to be prepared to not carry.)

✓ Why conceal and carry permit holders need to know the definition of a "container".

✓ Thomas answers: "Can you carry across state line?" He explores this topic with the candour and detail of a careful attorney. Listen carefully. The details may make you want to stay in Illinois with your gun.

✓ What exactly does "conceal" mean anyway?

✓ What a negative deterrence value is and why conceal and carry permit holders more than anyone else need to get a handle on this concept.

✓ What are the legal prohibitions or ramifications for drinking alcohol while you are conceal and carrying.

Listen carefully and enjoy Part I, Thomas really went all out for us.  

Part II is on its way tomorrow.