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Illinois county bucks state ban on concealed guns, rules citizens can carry

- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2013

A second county in Illinois is bucking state law and refusing to enforce bans on concealed handguns.

Existing state law "prohibits the carrying of an immediately accessible or loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle, regardless of whether it is concealed," several police groups said in a statement, as reported by United Press International. "Persons in violation are subject to arrest."

But on Tuesday, the state's attorney in Randolph County, Jeremy Walker, said those with valid firearms identification cars will be allowed to carry weapons, UPI reported.

"The Randolph County State's Attorney's Office is announcing responsible, law-abiding citizens will finally be able to exercise their constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in Randolph County," he said, in a statement, UPI reported.

Mr. Walker made clear that guns could still not be transported into churches, schools and courthouses, UPI reported.

Randolph County is the second to lash back at state law. The state's attorney in neighboring Madison County issued the same ruling last week, UPI reported.

Meanwhile, the sheriff in Clnton County said over the weekend he would not enforce the state's ban on concealed weapons, UPI said.

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