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Well, that didn’t take long. While only a relative handful of concealed carry permits have been issued to Chicago residents so far, it hasn’t taken long for a new carry permit holder to prove the value of carrying concealed in the Windy City.

A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning.

The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.

The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor’s home, Sullivan said.

One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.

The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said.

After the shooting, police responded and determined that the man was shooting in self-defense. The man had a valid firearm owner’s identification card, a valid concealed carry permit and police were able to determine that he had completed a required concealed carry class and was properly trained, Sullivan said.

I sure that it broke Garry McCarthy’s heart that his officers didn’t shoot the permit holder, but he’ll have to learn to live with disappointment. Illinois residents are going to exercise their constitutional rights, whether or not corrupt Chicago machine politicians like it, or not.