Originally Posted by Duck4Glocks
Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York are three places I will never live simply because of their gun laws. In Illinois an off duty police officer can not carry a firearm. Also in Illinois, if someone breaks in your house you must first try and exit your own house. The only way you can shoot an intruder is if you are blocked, by the intruder, from any door. In my state you can shoot them on your property if they are attempting unlawful entry or attempting unlawful entry to your vehicle.
Hell, I LIVE in Illinois and the off-duty officers around me (St. Louis area, southern Illinois. No-where near Chicago) carry all the time. I work EMS, and have had my ass saved by off duty officers more than once. If that's true, it must be overlooked around here, but I was always under the impression commissioned officers could carry at all times. I'll have to look in to that.
As far as home defense goes, I'll need to research that better as well. I won't leave my house without my whole family, but once I have everyone then yea, I would rather leave and ensure their safety then risk a gunfight and their lives. Everyone wants to be all machismo and hunt down the intruder.... Property is just worth money, not lives. I wouldn't risk my life or my families for a television, sorry. Do I want the right to defend myself and my own? Yes. Will I use that to go looking for a gunfight? No way, no how.
In the end, would I rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6? Yup.
I'll hopefully be moving over to Missouri soon anyways, this state is an ungodly mess. No CCW or open carry, last state in the union. Great.