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Chicago at the Tipping Point: Will concealed carry reduce killings?

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Even some of the governor's allies concede that the General Assembly will likely vote Tuesday to reject Pat Quinn's proposed rewrite. That would make the original concealed carry bill they passed more than a month ago the law of the land, clearing the way for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisan's to get permits and to start packing next year. Would that reduce the killing or not?

Supporters of concealed carry have long argued it is a criminal's worst nightmare -- not knowing if a potential victim might be armed and ready to fight back -- but some supporters now concede concealed carry likely will not have much impact on the majority of Chicago's murders. Experts say those involve internal warfare among the city's street gangs, with billions of dollars in illegal drug sales at stake.

"This is not going to be the be-all, end-all solution," says gun rights attorney David Sigale. "And obviously other factors have to be addressed if we want to tackle the violence problem."

Gun rights attorney David Sigale helped win the concealed carry case that led a federal court to impose Tuesday' deadline for Illinois to adopt a law allowing residents to pack loaded guns. With only a few hours left, the debate raged on about what that could mean on the street.

"I'm not optimistic about it. I think it's not a good thing and I think that there's a risk that the homicide will increase," say Professor Dennis Rosenbaum, a consultant to Chicago police. "Whether it's with mental illness, whether it's with alcohol or whatever, if we're increasing the number of handguns available, there's a risk of problems."

As Governor Quinn signed a new law strengthening anti-gang witness protection programs, he was still hoping to score a surprise victory in the State Capitol Tuesay. He suggested the General Assembly's version of concealed carry could let gang members get gun permits.

"We're not gonna let the gang bangers take over," Quinn said.

Though a background check would be required for everyone seeking a concealed carry permit, Sheriff Tom Dart's suggested that, with 300,000 or more expected to apply, the system could be overwhelmed.

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