Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says he will not seek charges in any conceal carry case in the county provided the person arrested is abiding by the opinion he set out last week. Since his opinion on the conceal carry of firearms was issued to the public last week, there has been both support from gun rights advocates and local law enforcement, along with a warning from Illinois State Police that troopers will arrest anyone caught carrying a concealed weapon.
During an appearance on Z-1570's Let's Talk Tuesday, Gibbons says with the lack of a law right now in Illinois governing conceal carry, it is his opinion that law abiding citizens have the constitutional right to carry as long as they are obeying the guidelines he set forth. He says he will not prosecute anyone arrested for possessing a concealed weapon in the county, and local police are on board:
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Gibbons stresses that if you encounter an Illinois State Police Trooper, or any police officer, you should comply with that officer of the law. He says he respects state police, but felt he needed to act because state lawmakers and the governor have failed to put in place a conceal carry law as ordered by a federal appeals court. The Illinois General Assembly passed a law last month, but the governor has until July 9 to act. Gibbons says even if the law is signed, it will still be six months until it takes effect.
You can listen to the full interview with Gibbons from Let's Talk. Click the "LISTEN" tab at the top of the page and scroll down to the show from June 11. You can also read his guidelines below.