Illinois Prosecutor Says Concealed-Carry is Allowed

Not waiting for legislation awaiting the governor's approval


EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons isn't waiting to see when, or if, Gov. Pat Quinn signs legislation allowing the carrying of firearms in public.

Gibbons announced Thursday that, effective immediately, people can begin carrying concealed weapons on their person or in their vehicle while in Madison County, so long as they meet a few requirements.

Last week, at the end of the state legislature's spring session, lawmakers passed a compromise bill that will allow Illinoisans to carry weapons in public. But the legislation has not yet been signed into law by Quinn, who is a gun-control advocate. In fact there's some speculation that Quinn will veto the bill, even though a federal court has ordered Illinois to allow some form of concealed-carry.

H/T Jason Imboden