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Ladies Locked and Loaded: Legal, emotional ramifications of taking a life

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FOX 32 News wraps up an in-depth look at Illinois' new concealed carry law, and what you need to know to make an informed decision about whether or not you will legally arm yourself for protection.

Hundreds of FOX 32's Facebook friends said they want to purchase a weapon for the first time now that it's legal, and a great number of those responders are women. These ladies want to be locked and loaded in Illinois. It's not as simple as buying a gun, loading it up with bullets and carrying it around with you.

Sandy Wright plans to purchase a weapon for protection and be a responsible gun owner. The former Vice President of Goldstar Families of Chicago, and knows the emotional toll of losing a loved one to gun violence.

Wright's father was a Chicago police officer. He was killed in the line of duty in 1993. The former Goldstar VP said his death is the motivation behind her decision to be a responsible gun owner and to take an active stance on keeping herself safe.

Carrying a loaded gun under the state's new concealed carry law has some thinking twice about pulling the trigger, because using that weapon on another does have legal ramifications, no matter the outcome.

Wright said there is no question - she would shoot someone who tried to rob her store or break into her home if it came down to that.

But anytime you pull the trigger, there is an investigation and potentially a prosecution. Legal expert Attorney Karen Conti joined Good Day to explain the legal ramification of injuring another person with a gun, taking a life or being an irresponsible gun owner.

Conti said a split second decision can change your life forever.

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FOX 32 News is not telling viewers to go out and purchase a weapon. But the station would like to provide viewers with as much research and background as possible to make an informed decision on the subject.

While the Illinois State Police website will provide gun owners with the facts about the law on conceal carry, it doesn't break down some of the more specific things first-timers need to consider. FOX 32 News hopes to remedy that, and keep you informed.

What questions do you have about gun safety or concealed carry? Are you considering buying a gun or have you purchased one recently?

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FOX 32 News is not telling viewers to go out and purchase a weapon. But the station would like to provide viewers with as much research and background as possible to make an informed decision on the subject.

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