"It's one of the best-kept secrets in the state. Chicago's politicians aren't even informing us this is an option," said Mr. Gowder. "It's people like me getting out the word. As soon as the criminals know more of us are armed, the crime rates will drop."
"In these gangbang neighborhoods, people can't afford the license. They're making choices between food and medicine, and they can't even guarantee they'll get even that," said Shawn Gowder, 49, who lives in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, where two homicides have taken place in the last 30 days. "We need to arm ourselves and protect ourselves from these gangbangers, but we just can't afford to do it."