We often hear this concern from law enforcement officers. SirMatthew posted this response in another thread and I thought it very appropriate to post it here in Community Educational Opportunities. It is not exactly an educational event but an educational tool for all of us to have tucked away in our "files" for use when the occasion arises.
Are some of his traffic stops and suspects armed now with a concealed firearm? Yes
Does he have the ability to see who is armed with a concealed-weapon up front now? No
Does he approach every traffic stop or suspect as if they are armed? Yes
Does he use extra caution when he discovers they are armed (concealed or openly)? Yes
If open-carry were legal in Illinois, would some still choose to carry their firearm in a concealed manner? Yes
Would any of the above change if LTC became legal in Illinois? No