WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- A well-know constitutional law scholar says Winn. Co. Board members should feel free to vote "yes" for a concealed carry ordinance that defies Illinois law.
Attorney Walter Maksym says Board members would not face legal trouble for supporting the measure.
He spoke Wednesday night at the first meeting of the Winn. Co. Board's Subcommittee on concealed carry at Memorial Hall.
Maksym says it's "poppycock" that lawmakers could get in legal trouble for supporting a measure that conflicts with state law.
He says a concealed carry ordinance may be challenged in court, but if it's an expression of what the community wants, it's worth pursuing.
If the ordinance were to pass, you could still get arrested for carrying a concealed gun under state law. That arrest would have to be challenged legally in order for a court to decide whether the Illinois law is constitutional.
Maksym says an ordinance would put the State's Attorney in a hard place. He'd have to decide which law to enforce.
All 49 states have legalized concealed carry - except for Illinois.
Winn. Co. Board members say they think they have the votes to get an ordinance passed. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 5:30pm.