In one week, two major headlines have made news across the Tri-States. Concealed carry passing in Illinois, and the George Zimmerman murder trial. And this leads some to wonder - what's the new law have to say about carrying a weapon in your neighborhood - as a neighborhood watch volunteer, or just as a concerned citizen.
Curt Kelty with the Quincy Police Department says - as long as they are acting within the scope of the new law - a neighborhood watch volunteer, or any private citizen for that matter, could carry a gun. But he says he recommends that anyone just be a good reporter, and give all the details you can to police.
He also says he believes the 16 hours of required firearms training would include instructions on when to shoot an aggressor. He says - if someone was to decide to fire - they need to be able to defend their decision in court.
We will have more on this story - including community reaction - tonight on WGEM News at Ten.