More counties decline to prosecute concealed-carry

Published 06/18 2013 05:43PM

Updated 06/18 2013 06:23PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Concealed-carry is coming to part of Central Illinois. The Macon County State's Attorney says he won't prosecute gun owners who want to carry a loaded weapon. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has more.

It's not a done deal yet. They're still working out the kinks. The Macon County sheriff and State's Attorney are getting a guideline together. But, they say, if you're following the rules, you won't get in trouble.

Macon County is joining the concealed-carry bandwagon. They're the latest to say they've waited long enough.

"We don't know what we're going to come up with yet, but we have to do something."

State's Attorney Jay Scott says he's worried about public safety if he doesn't take matters into his own hands.

"There's not going to be a law after July 9 if the governor doesn't sign anything. That's not a very positive thing to be looking at."

That's because constitutional carry would automatically kick in. It means anyone with a FOID card could carry a loaded gun anywhere in the state.

"Our main thing is we have to make sure the safety of the public is protected."

A lot of people agree.

"If there's somebody with a gun that knows how to use it and is educated in using it, then it could prevent more deaths."

But, not everyone thinks skirting the rules is a good idea.

"You never know when people are going to pull out guns and start shooting somebody."

Scott says he is worried about that too since people might not have the right training before taking a loaded gun in public.

"We have to make sure people handle guns safely."

But, without a state law, that's easier said than done since there aren't any training programs in place yet.

"We have a lot of gray areas and we've got to try to figure them out."

County officials are meeting Friday to set the rules in place. But, once Quinn signs something, everyone else will have to follow that state law.

A lot of other counties are having similar discussions. In Champaign County, officials say they're waiting to see what Quinn does and could move forward with concealed-carry if he doesn't sign the law.

It's already in place in Tazewell, Peoria and McLean counties. The rest of the counties in the WCIA-3 News viewing area say they're waiting until a law is on the books.

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