Thursday, October 18, 2012

Winnebago to try for concealed carry

Residents in Winnebago County (just a hop, skip and a jump across Boone County, west of McHenry County) will take a shot at gaining the right to carry a concealed weapon, according to a Chicago Tribune article this morning.

In spite of cautionary warnings from the Winnebago County State Attorney, proponents will move forward with meetings that claim the Second Amendment over-rides Illinois' very restrictive law on carrying a concealed gun.

My own opinion? Guaranteed prosecution for anyone who so carries.

However, maybe State's Attorney Joe Bruscato would issue a statement saying that he agrees with the Illinois statute and that he will not prosecute someone who is in compliance with the law.

Will he answer this question?

Can an otherwise law-abiding person carry an unloaded handgun in his "container" (briefcase, lunchbox, Jewel-Osco bag, fanny pack, zipper personal planner binder fitted with an internal holster) if he is "transporting" the gun from here to there, wherever "here" and "there" happen to be?

Unloaded is not so good as loaded, but having a weapon and ammo immediately available, when needed, is a lot better than the gun's being locked up at home miles away.

That's what the law says.

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