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Concealed Carry and Neighborhood Watch in Illinois: What's the new law?


Two major stories hit the Tri-State airwaves within the last week: concealed carry passing in Illinois, and the George Zimmerman murder trial. And with Illinois residents soon able to legally carry a gun out in public, some are asking - what will be the laws - in case a similar situation to Trayvon Martin's would arise?

Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? when we asked around - we got some different answers.

"I don't feel safe in this neighborhood, not anymore. Anything could happen, it's not anything in specific, it's just that anything could happen," said Miracle Parrish. 

"Everything's pretty quiet, there's a few once in a while, but nothing that gets out of hand," said Bob Cooper.

But would having a gun make them feel safer?

"I don't mess with weapons," said Parrish. 

"Every place that they've passed it, crime rates have dropped," said Cooper. 

Neighborhood Watch signs dot the streets of this Quincy neighborhood. But some said - seeing those signs reminded them today of George Zimmerman - a neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder after claiming self defense in the shooting of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

"The neighborhood watch guy shot the little boy for no reason!" said Parrish. 

Deputy chief Curt Kelty with the Quincy police department says - that's not what neighborhood watch is about. He says he would prefer that anyone - neighborhood watch or just a concerned citizen - not use a weapon, but be a good reporter. "Be observant, look for physical identifiers, vehicle identifiers, direction of travel if the suspect leaves the scene, that kind of thing. Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible," he said.

But Kelty says - according to the new concealed carry law - anyone could carry a gun through a neighborhood. But if you choose to actually fire that gun, be prepared to defend your decision.

"If you feel your life is threatened, than certainly you could draw a gun and shoot, but just to say it could be here or there, you have to have a lot of facts. If they bring and draw a firearm, you need to justify that legally afterwards," he said. 

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