Illinois Concealed Carry Bill: Prosecutor ‘Goes Rogue,’ Refuses To Indict Carriers Of Concealed Weapons [REPORT]
Illinois' concealed carry bill, a measure that would allow the carrying of guns in public, is awaiting a signature from Gov. Pat Quinn after the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the state's prohibition of concealed weapons last year. With Quinn's signature, the state would become the last remaining state to allow people to tote their firearms in public.
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The governor, a democrat, however, is not thrilled about the new measure.
"This legislation is wrong for Illinois," Quinn said in a statement after the Illinois Assembly passed the concealed carry bill, Senate Bill 2193. "We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk."
The governor has until July 9 to sign off on the measure.
In the wake of the state government's sluggish implementation of the bill, some conservative state attorneys are growing impatient. Illinois' Madison County's top prosecutor Tom Gibbons, for one, announced last week that he would stop prosecuting people who carry guns in public.
Another State Attorney, Jeremy Walker of Randolph County, echoed Gibbon's sentiments, and has also stated that he will not prosecute public gun possession in his rural Illinois county.
Under the previous law, only police, security guards, hunters and target shooting club members were allowed to carry a concealed weapon, Christian Science Monitor reports. Illinois new law, pending the governor's approval, would prohibit the carrying of concealed guns in some public spaces like schools and parks, but permits would be given to people who pass background checks and have valid Firearm Owner's ID cards.
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