Illinois continues to insist that it is exempt from the U.S. Constitution, stubbornly remaining the only state to forbid residents from carrying firearms outside their homes even though the Second Amendment and recent Supreme Court decisions clearly state such a blanket ban is illegal.
While the Illinois Legislature has failed to address what amounts to a crime against its own citizens, at least two state attorneys are mutinying, saying they will no longer prosecute law-abiding residents "who choose to exercise the rights granted to them by the Second Amendment of the United States’ Constitution."
Illinois state attorneys in McLean and Edwards counties recently announced that they will no longer press charges against people who violate the state's unconstitutional gun laws.
“The result of most gun control laws is that law-abiding citizens go defenseless while criminal thugs are armed,” McLean County State’s Attorney Ronald Dozier told the Bloomington Pantograph. “Our message is this: we will no longer use the power and authority of our office to criminalize and punish decent, otherwise law-abiding citizens."
Dozier was joined on August 21 by Edwards County State's Attorney Michael Valentine, who said Illinois' unconstitutional ban on concealed carry will no longer be recognized by his office.
"Until Illinois passes a concealed carry law, I will be reluctant to charge otherwise law-abiding responsible citizens for merely possessing a firearm," he said. "I share that view and commend State's Attorney Dozier."
Illinois State Rifle Association Director Richard Pearson said he’s glad to see McLean County relax gun laws and called it a good start for concealed carry.
“We think that law-abiding citizens should be able to carry a firearm to defend themselves outside of their home and in their home,” Pearson said.
For more, go to:
-- SA Dozier: Gun laws ‘unconstitutional,’ some will not be charged
-- McLean County state's attorney won't prosecute people packing pistols
-- State’s Attorney in Illinois Won’t Prosecute People Who Carry Weapons with ‘No Evil Intent’
-- Sheriff Emery: We’ll enforce existing gun laws
-- Chambers: Dozier’s refusal to enforce gun laws is ‘reckless’
-- Dozier Won't Prosecute All Offenders of IL Gun Laws