The State's Attorney of Madison County says if you are carrying a concealed weapon in the county, and you are following the guidelines he set out last month, and are arrested, there's a good chance you won't be prosecuted by his office. Tom Gibbons says even though Illinois approved a conceal carry bill, there is still a lag between Tuesday's action by the General Assembly and a time when all of the pieces of the puzzle will be in place at the statewide level.
Gibbons says it will still be at least six months before it will be the official law of the state, so you have some time to prepare.
Gibbons made public an opinion in early June that provided seven guidelines that gun owners can follow to properly carry a concealed weapon in Madison County. He says he became concerned by Illinois' lack of action, and the cases in the county where people were being charged when in fact, under the constitution, they were not breaking any law.