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Gun right advocates meet in Collinsville

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(KMOV)—Gun right advocates are hoping a political change will lead to a new law in Illinois; a law that 48 other states have in some form.
 
Supporters met at a Collinsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall Thursday night to rally for a new law. The purpose of the gathering was to drum up support for the candidates who support these types of laws.
 
Advocates want Illinois to become the 49th state to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Many point to the fact that nearly every other state, including Missouri, have such a law.
 
But opponents argue more guns leads to more crime. Rev. Johnny Scott of the East St. Louis NAACP said a gun doesn’t provide the best self-defense.
 
"If somebody is going to rob you, or mug you, they're going to have the ups on you and you go to reach for your weapon, somebody is going to get hurt, get killed,” Scott said.  "Surely I would want to protect my own life. But I don't think this country has come this far just to resort to violence. “
 
Danielle Gardner, a supporter, said she has become a fervent supporter of a conceal and carry law.
 
“Having a new baby, I do believe if I was able to have a gun with me, if anything were to happen, I definitely I could protect me, and now my new child,” Gardner said.

(KMOV)—The right to carry a concealed weapon was a hot button issue in Illinois Thursday night.

Gun right advocates are hoping a political change will lead to a new law in Illinois; a law that 48 other states have.
 
Supporters met at a Collinsville VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hall Thursday night to rally for a new law. The idea was to drum up support for the candidates who support these types of laws. 
 
Advocates want Illinois to become the 49th state to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Many point to the fact that nearly every other state, including Missouri have theselaws.

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