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Concealed carry laws will take place in just short of a week and the application process begins online on Sunday.


Sheriff Jeff Boyd says their biggest concern is helping people get through the application process. But he says as with anything there will be bumps along the way. Overall, he says the glass is definitely half full.

Boyd says he's mostly concerned with finding out mandates from the Illinois State Police and making a smooth transition into the new law. 

"I think the biggest change for most law enforcement and here at the county we're pretty lucky because we deal with a lot of people who are armed already. But it's going to be the interaction," said Boyd. 

He says if you're carrying a concealed weapon, you are obligated to tell the officer that you have one. Most police are trained to assume people already have a weapon for safety reasons. 

And if you don't, you'll get a strong reaction from the officer. 

"But I think the general public, it's incumbent upon them to educate themselves on that," said Boyd. "It's like driving, there's rules of the road and you need to know what those rules are. Same thing with concealed carry, there's rules to it, you need to be able to follow it."

Boyd says with his interaction with community, he's confident this new law will be successful in Rock Island County. His biggest advice to the public is to "err" on the side of caution.

If you're unsure whether you can bring a concealed carry in somewhere, don't. 

"I can tell you when the State of Iowa did it, and we're basically an Iowa community, shared community, we experienced virtually no problems," said Boyd. "So I'm confident in the Quad Cities area of being the same."

Boyd also says to understand that 9-1-1 is still available. He says many people may feel more protected with their weapon, but to let the police handle the conflicts.