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Illinois: Concealed Carry Bill Confuses State Gun Laws

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Late last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Illinois state ban on carrying concealed weapons. The Illinois state government was given 180 days to end the ban, sending the state legislature into a legislative session filled with arguments about gun control. Though the legislature did manage to pass a law allowing concealed carrying of handguns with a license, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has not yet signed the bill.

Now, with state law declared unconstitutional and new laws hung up in the governor’s mansion, individual counties are beginning to make their own law. Though the Supreme Court has granted Illinois an extension for modifying its existing laws, county attorney’s in several Illinois counties have now announced that current concealed carry laws will not be enforced.

Last week, Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons released an opinion on the matter, stating that citizens of the county can immediately begin carrying concealed firearms, with a few caveats.

“It serves no just purpose to continue to deny responsible, law-abiding citizens their Constitutional right to bear arms,” said Gibbons. “Continuing to criminally charge citizens for conduct that is constitutionally protected and for which charges would, ultimately, be dismissed, would be unconscionable and a terrible waste ofjudicial resources. Therefore, we will no longer deny responsible citizens this important right.”

Gun owners wishing to carry concealed weapons in Madison County must still possess an F.O.I.D. card or a valid permit from a state that performs background checks. They must also be carrying their firearm for self-defense only, must not be prohibited from carrying a firearm in another state, and must not be engaged in any criminal conduct. In addition, the firearm in question must be kept concealed from public view and law enforcement officers must be notified of the firearm when encountering a person carrying one in the course of their duties.

This week, another Illinois county has decided not to enforce current Illinois gun laws. According to the Associated Press, Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker on Tuesday made an announcement similar to Gibbons’, saying that “it is time to act.” Walker criticized the Illinois State Legislature for its hesitation on the issue, saying that it could have been resolved in January, when the legislative session began.

In all other Illinois counties, state gun laws still prohibit concealed weapons, though the legality of the practice is effectively now in a grey zone. Governor Quinn has less than one month to sign the current bill or get the legislature to pass a new bill, as the court’s recent extension only gives the state until July 9 to comply.

Illinois: Concealed Carry Bill Confuses State Gun Laws
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  • jawn

    Liberals need to wake up to their draconian gun laws which encourage criminals who will always be armed to knowingly rob citizenry who have a lesser chance of being armed and defending themselves…

    Thats why the gun legislation recently proposed to congress failed….because people realized criminals will always have guns…and disarming law abiding citizens only leads to law abiding citizens being unable to defend themselves….

    oh…and that little piece of paper called the bill of rights…

  • XYZ500

    I am seriously thinking about relocating to the United Kingdom permanently. Anyone who does not like you can pop you one in the head. I know the brain surgeons who want this.

    • V

      I will pay for the ticket.

      • XYZ500

        Loser – go vote in the Democratic Primary.

    • XYZ500

      You had a chance to elect five moderate senators for the Rs. Not do. A Civil War in this country will go like a Hitler or a Stalin. I am not for either side. I have stood with both sides in the positive venues. Stop electing far right dangerous people in the Republican primary or vote in the Democratic primary to get a Schweitzerlike candidate, and you will not have this problem.

    • http://yahoo william

      What is stopping you? go already we don’t need you,

    • NGsM13

      Then leave. Bye.

    • NGsM13

      You’re just mad because you have to tone down your narcissistic tendencies around other people now. An armed society is a polite society. Time for you to be polite to others once in your life little girl :)

    • Jackk

      Bye bye.

    • SamJS

      Remember one thing while you’re there. At least here if you have a concealed carry firearm and some mad self-declared mad Muslim decides to separate your head from your body, you have the right to stop him. In the UK the only right you have in that situation, which recently happened there, is to scream as loud as you want while he’s slicing!

    • Bob

      Just leave. If you think such a thing will happen. I don’t think it would be a responsible law abiding gun owner that would shoot you, but a criminal that does not register himself as a conseal carrier might. The criminal does not follow any laws other than do what he wants….

  • 4×5

    I’m a “liberal” and I support concealed carry. Here in Colorado “open carry” is legal, and when I’m in the mountains, my 44 mag. is on my hip. Jawn is in error when categorizing liberals in his (her?) comment. I know right wingers who are completely against guns under ANY circumstance. I think one’s position on gun ownership and possession is largely reflective of one’s childhood background and experience more than their political preference. It’s unfortunate that the issue has to be divided by party affiliation with no room for variance. That leaves no room for sensible dialogue.

  • http://yahoo william

    every body should be able to carry a gun even the outlaw that we can get rid of them and not have to pay all of the tax money to feed and give them a place to live for free, sounds good to me.

  • jamie c

    What doesn’t confuse a politician anymore, except for their self serving agendas?

  • Jackk

    Bye bye.

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