Government
5:15 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Police prepare for IL concealed carry

Although concealed carry is on the books in Illinois … it'll be months before anyone can obtain a permit to actually carry a firearm in public. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, police are already getting ready for the change: 

 Until now, it's been fairly straightforward for police in Illinois. If someone has a concealed firearm, they're probably breaking the law.

 But soon police will have to differentiate between potential criminals and citizens who are legally armed.To that end, the state is developing a curriculum to train police on the new concealed carry law.

 Kevin McClain is executive director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

 He says officers already know how to approach someone who's armed. But under the new law, they'll also need to know ...

 "How best not only to be concerned about their own safety, but to take into consideration the rights and the integrity of persons that they may be approaching."

 Working with the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign, McClain says the board is looking at what other states do, while taking into account what's unique about Illinois law.Concealed carry training will be mandatory for new police recruits and "strongly encouraged" for existing officers.