Some Prosecutors Won't Charge Concealed Carry Cases


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's still illegal to carry a concealed gun in Illinois, but some state's attorneys say if you do, they won't mind.
Joe Bruscato, the Winnebago County State's Attorney, is not telling us to go ahead and carry concealed guns, but he says depending on the case we might not get charged for it.

Prosecutors from White, Madison, Randolph, Tazewell, and Peoria counties say they won't enforce the concealed carry ban. The sheriff in Clinton County says he won't arrest anyone carrying a gun in his county if they're from one that allows concealed weapons. Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says he doesn't want to make a blanket statement either way on concealed carry. He says he'll look at each individual case and the factors surrounding it.

"We certainly do have the authority and ability to evaluate cases and take into account the current flux that exists with regards to the law and we are doing that here in Winnebago County. Any case that comes in we evaluate it with that backdrop in mind," Bruscato said.

We'll have to wait even longer to find out what happens with the concealed carry ban. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the court gave Madigan more time to decide whether to appeal a circuit court's ruling that Illinois' ban was unconstitutional. Madigan's deadline is now July 22. Lawmakers did pass a concealed carry law, but Governor Quinn hasn't signed it yet.


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