Civil Rights Organization heard from concealed carry supporters

By Paul Strater

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- It was a case of politics making for strange bedfellows Thursday night in Peoria.

A person supporting concealed carry of firearms speaking at a meeting of the NAACP.

Otis McDonald was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned the City of Chicago's de facto ban on handguns.

A diverse crowd packed the association's downtown Peoria headquarters and even included a local tea party activist.

McDonald told the crowd how the court's decision in his favor was explained to him.

"June 28, 2010, the Supreme Court said Otis, you're right. He then said the law in Chicago that says you cannot have a gun in your home for self protection, that is wrong. But it will be no more," said McDonald.

The chapter's president says he felt it was important for his membership to hear all sides of the issue.

"We wanted to bring the issue to the people of the City if Peoria so they could make up their own minds as to whether or not concealed carry is good for the people of the State of Illinois and therefore the City of Peoria. So that's the reason we wanted to invite Mr. McDonald down to talk about it," said Donald Jackson.

The issue enjoys broad downstate support in both parties.

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