Peoria County law enforcement discuss concealed carry enforcement

By Marshanna Hester

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Until a law is signed, residents in three central Illinois counties can legally practice concealed carry.

State's Attorney's in Tazewell, McLean and Peoria counties are not prosecuting such cases.

Enacting a law to carry around a gun remains a target in Illinois but John Meek says excitement is brewing among law abiding, licensed gun-owning citizens, now that some area counties are allowing concealed carry.

"I think the average citizen will probably wait until it's finalized," said John Meek, owner of Midwestern Firearms. "I think there are some that will go ahead and take advantage of it, but it's certainly a personal choice."

The issue is a hot topic among Meek's customers at Midwestern Firearms in East Peoria. He's frequently asked questions about what is legal and what is not.

"Our best advice is wait and see. We really don't want to be in a position to tell people what the law is," said Meek. "We are waiting with the same concerns they are."

"Part of the constitution says notice," said Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady. "Folks have to have notice on what conduct is and is not lawful and unlawful."

Brady says dragging out a decision is not fair to the public.

He and Peoria Law Enforcement agreed in a meeting Tuesday they will not charge or prosecute what the court ruled unconstitutional.

"The two sections are unlawful use of weapons and aggravated unlawful use of weapons, namely weapons in vehicles and weapons on the street," said Brady.

Under state law, you can still be arrested for concealed carry.

However, until there is clarity, both Brady and Meek say citizens will have to exercise their rights at their own risk.

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