Chicago Police Chief: We’ll shoot licensed civilians with guns

During an interview on radio station WVON 1690 am this week Chicago’s Police Chief Gary McCarthy surprised listeners when he commented on the upcoming concealed carry law that must be passed in Illinois within the next six months. McCarthy made a scary prediction that citizens carrying legally could be shot by Chicago police.
News in Black reported, via Guns Save Life:

“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”

McCarthy would not say what specific training officers will undertake if any. However, he did admit that in the past his department has made mistakes in shooting unarmed civilians. He believes the concealed carry law will increase those types of unfortunate incidents.

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One Response to Chicago Police Chief: We’ll shoot licensed civilians with guns

  1. Jeramiah Keenon says:

    We will only have problems if the, said officers, are not trained properly, and cannot accuratly size up a situation to offer the proper response. The only deaths that will occur will be at the hands of Police Officers who shoot first and think later.
    I cannot speak for others, however I am a responsible firearm owner, who has been taught how, why, and when to use a firearm. If the moment ever comes where I have pulled my weapon, I will be aiming in the same direction as the officer, so if I am shot by a Police Officer it will be in the back.

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