IL County Attorney Pushing to “Decriminalize” Concealed Carry in His State
One attorney in IL is taking steps to insure that law abiding citizens would be able to protect themselves in public. However, instead of pushing for a costly licensing system, Ron Dozier, is proposing that concealed carry simply be decriminalized for law abiding citizens.
Under his plan in order to charge an individual with illegally carrying a weapon, the state would have to look at several criteria. According to Drew Zimmerman, Daily Vidette, “They will have to determine a person’s purpose for carrying a weapon, whether the weapon was used improperly or recklessly, whether the carrier was under the influence or in possession of drugs or alcohol, whether the weapon is in accordance of state laws, whether the person is involved in a gang or any illegal activities and if or when the person was convicted of a felony offense.”
While this is certainly not an ideal situation since law abiding citizens could still be arrested for carrying, even if they meet the criteria above, it is a step in the right direction for the only state in the United States which does not allow its citizens to carry in public at all.