Illinois gun owners plan to take to the streets in Springfield Wednesday, arguing for more places to carry concealed firearms.
Valinda Rowe, an organizer for the annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, or I-GOLD, says even though Illinois gun owners won the right through the courts and through legislation to carry concealed firearms with a permit, there are still nearly two dozen areas where they cannot carry legally permitted weapons. Of those places includes public transportation, something Rowesays hurts the economically disadvantaged the most.
Another area Rowe says should allow concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms are government-run rest stops along highways. Gun owners plan to meet at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield at noon Wednesday where they will then march to the capitol to lobby lawmakers.