[Video] 14 Illinois Counties Say They Won’t Prosecute People Carrying Guns Before Law Takes Effect

July 31 2013
by GSL Staff
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Illinois officially has a concealed carry bill on the books, but it will be many months before the licensing process is in place and permits will start getting issued.

However, at least 14 counties in Illinois as are saying their law enforcement won’t bother people and they won’t prosecute people who begin carrying now.

According to an ABC Report,

“I’ve already made clear to the state police that those prosecutions will go nowhere. Those folks will not be prosecuted as long as they’re following the guidelines that I laid out,” said Thomas Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney…

…Gibbons, attending a county prosecutors conference in Chicago on Thursday, issued seven criteria that gun carriers must meet-including carrying for self-defense:

  • Must be issued and possess a valid F.O.I.D. card or, if not an Illinois resident, a valid concealed carry permit from a state that performs a background check prior to issuance of the permit; and
  • Must be carrying the firearm for self-defense; and
  • Must not be prohibited from possession of a firearm under another statute or court order; and
  • Must keep the firearm concealed on their person or in their vehicle, and not visible to the public; and
  • Must not be engaged in any criminal conduct; and
  • Must be in compliance with all other federal, state and local laws and ordinances; and
  • Must, when asked, inform law enforcement officers of the firearm when in contact with an officer in the course of their duties. It is essential that individuals cooperate with any police officer and inform them of the presence of the firearm prior to removing it from its concealed location. Displaying the firearm at a public location or without the request or knowledge of an officer could constitute a violation of the law.

There is, however, a catch. The Illinois State Police, in a statement, made it very clear that they would continue to arrest anyone found to be carrying a gun before the permitting process is completely in place.

Illinois became the 50th state to allow for concealed carry following a court order that found Illinois’ complete ban on carry outside of the home to be unconstitutional.

While the law was passed with bi-partisan support, and even overcame a veto from the governor, many gun advocates feel the law didn’t go far enough. The bill included carve outs and exceptions for Chicago and also did not include as strong of a state preemption statute as many had hoped for.

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