Concealed carry policy in McLean County

By Audrey Williams

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM CDT

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill -- A new policy by McLean County State's Attorney Ron Dozier is sending the wrong message.

That is according to Jason Chambers, who is likely to take over the office in a few months.

While Chambers does believe Illinois should allow concealed carry, he said Dozier's decision not to fully prosecute all state gun laws is unfair and reckless.

Dozier will be leaving his position in the coming weeks and Chambers, who is running unopposed, is looking to make a smooth transition into the office.

Tuesday Dozier announced that he believes some of Illinois' gun laws are un-enforceable, therefore he won't prosecute them.

Chambers said Dozier is highlighting a major issue in a big way, but the timing couldn't be worse.

"I'm not comfortable with any State's Attorney just saying I've declared this law unconstitutional, that's not the process that we have for it," said Chambers.

Chambers said this policy will give McLean County residents the wrong impression, "To say go ahead and carry and then we might decide to charge you later on."

The McLean County Sheriff as well as police chiefs of Bloomington and Normal said they'll continue to enforce all the state's gun laws.

McLean county resident Roy Treadwy believes Dozier is crossing a line, "In this case, right now, he should not be deciding he's not going to enforce the law of the state of Illinois."

Meanwhile, Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady said Dozier is well with-in his rights, but it's not a path Brady is going to follow.

"To have mixed messaging throughout the state of Illinois could be confusing to citizens, so we intend to still prosecute the law as it is written," said Brady.

Chambers said law enforcement is a team sport with police officers, prosecutors, the courts, and the lawmakers. As Chambers looks to take office he says his policy will be to review any case that is brought to him for charges.

But, Ron Dozier is getting some support in his decision not to prosecute some gun law violations.

The Edwards County State's Attorney, Michael Valentine, is quoted as saying he agrees with Dozier.

In fact, Valentine said he's been following the same policy, and believes several other State's Attorneys are quietly doing so as well.

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