The Sheriff of McLean County's among those glad to see Illinois' "Concealed Carry" ban struck down by an appeals court. Mike Emery says there's long been a consensus among Sheriffs in the state about giving citizens the right to carry concealed weapons:
"Two years ago the Illinois Sheriff's Association took a vote, of all the sheriffs, and at that time the Sheriff's Association endorsed carrying concealed weapons for the state of Illinois."
Emery says there are still a number of issues that need to be addressed, including ownership of a weapon, training, and certification. He also frets about what exceptions there might be to carrying a gun. He says the final legislation may ban people from carrying concealed weapons in colleges, churches, shopping malls and the like. Still, Sheriff Emery calls it a great first step toward providing Illinois citizens with their second amendment rights.
Emery says the hard part will be the regulatory end of things after the state legislature writes a new law:
"If they write legislation how are they going to regulate, you know, the permitting the training and all of those issues. And we still haven't heard if our Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, is going to file an appeal."
Despite the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announcement that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry, Sheriff Emery says the issue will probably not be resolved for a couple of years.
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