According to the NRA, firearms are used for personal protection more than two million times a year, and that “the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances.”
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Several alderman said Wednesday they are worried lifting the ban could lead to more gun violence. They said they would be willing to write a new city ordinance, even though it would lead to a lengthy and expensive legal fight.
Chicago's homicide rate already is spiking and there is open gang warfare in parts of the city.
Supporters of gun rights say concealed carry laws allow ordinary citizens to better protect themselves.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan will decide whether to appeal.
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