I would like to address something that concerns me deeply. The little gods in Springfield have grudgingly granted the citizens of Illinois or God-given right to carry concealed tools of self-defense. Signs are now appearing on business doors banning law-abiding persons from entering with their concealed self-defense tools. I am sorry to report that I will not do business with any establishment that forbids law-abiding people the right to self defense. I will drive whatever distance necessary to buy what I need from patriotic American business owners.
I do not have a concealed carry permit and I do not carry, because the cost is prohibitive. A sufficient self-defense tool would cost $500-$1,000. Concealed carry classes are $250-$500, and a permit is $150. A minimum of $900, plus $300 per year for carry insurance. Consequently, I must rely on law-abiding concealed-carry citizens to defend me. I feel safe knowing that good people around me are legally carrying guns.
I must avoid your place of business because your sign is an open invitation to all law breakers. It says come on in, you will meet no resistance whatever, because we are all unarmed and completely at your mercy. Please feel free to do anything you like to our customers and us.
Do you really believe that a criminal will obey a 4-inch by 6-inch sign if they are illegally carrying a gun? A “gun free zone” is an open invitation for tragedy.
James L. Mitchell