Peoria County State's Attorney will not prosecute concealed carry

By WEEK Producer

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As we wait to see if Governor Quinn is going to sign the conceal carry gun bill on his desk Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time.

She is trying to decide if she will appeal a lower court's order allowing Illinois citizens to publicly carry concealed guns.

Currently Madigan has until next Monday, June 24, to challenge the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. It says a ban on concealed firearms is unconstitutional and mandates the state to allow it. Madigan is asking for an extension until July 24.

The court gave Governor Quinn until July 9 to decide if he'll sign the concealed carry bill on his desk.

Meanwhile, Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady has joined other state prosecutors who say they will not prosecute concealed carry while law enforcement officials await legislation from lawmakers.

Until legislation becomes official, Brady wants residents to know certain restrictions are almost guaranteed.

"In terms of locations where you likely cannot take a firearms, as well as what I'll characterize as status, in other words 18 years of age and under, possessing a firearm or those who have had mental health issues. There will still be some structure, I suspect," said Brady.

Brady is meeting with the Peoria Police Chief and Peoria County Sheriff on Tuesday to discuss how to move forward with concealed carry.

Until then, Sheriff Mike McCoy has stated the current law prohibiting concealed carry will be enforced as is in the county.

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