Alton Police have issued a warning that concealed weapons will not be permitted at the downtown Alton Block Party Saturday evening. After consulting with Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons, it has been determined that any person found to be carrying a gun at the block party will be arrested and prosecuted. The reason given is that state law prohibits anyone from possessing a firearm in a place where intoxicating beverages are being served.
The statement issued by Alton Police comes just a week after Gibbons issued an opinion that concealed carry is permitted in the county due to the fact that state lawmakers have failed to create a new law allowing conceal carry which was ordered by a federal appeals court. Gibbons offered seven guidelines that, if followed, law abiding residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons in Madison County and would most likely not face prosecution from his office. Since then, Illinois State Police have reminded residents that carrying a concealed weapon was still against the law and troopers would arrest people found breaking that law. However, some nearby counties, including Randolph County, have adopted similar guidelines to what Gibbons has laid out until the state passes its own law.