Well, let's hear it for the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. You know, the "gang" of 102 top cops protecting the counties of Illinois? On February 5, 2009, the ISA finally took a stand on concealed carry in Illinois.
Over the past few years I have contacted both the Illinois Sheriffs' Association and the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs. Neither would take a stand on concealed carry, mostly because the bulk of their membership was from northern Illinois - that hotbed of peace and tranquility that includes Chicago and Cook County.
Now, finally, the sheriffs have decided that they really did swear to uphold the Constitution (all of it), and they have passed a resolution to support concealed carry in Illinois "with specific limitations."
Those "who were present and voting" voted unanimously. My, how carefully worded the resolution was. Kind of makes me wonder who was present and not voting - and who wasn't present. Was Sheriff Keith Nygren there and did he vote? Sheriff Thomas Dart of Cook County? Sheriff Mark Curran of Lake County? Sheriff Patrick Perez of Kane County?
Greg Sullivan, Executive Director of the ISA, said that 79 sheriffs (of 102) responded to their survey and 90% of them favored concealed carry. OK, so that's 72 out of 102, or only about 70% of the sheriffs. Read ISA President (2009) Sheriff Gib Cady's (Henry County, Cambridge, Illinois (SE of Davenport, Iowa)) remark: "We are constitutional officers who take an oath to uphold the constitution and we have decided to take a leadership role on this issue. This is the number one issue that our constituents talk to us about."
You can read the full press release at http://www.ilsheriff.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=l8MKwAlgBrE%3d&tabid=64&mid=387
Now, how about our persuading the top cops in our cities, towns and villages to do likewise???
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