Peoria mayor voices support for state's attorneys who will not prosecute concealed carry

By WEEK Producer

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis has said concealed carry is another component to combat crime in the city, but Governor Pat Quinn continues to let the bill sit on his desk.

Because of the governor's inaction, the public is unsure what is legal. Mayor Ardis says that puts pressure on law enforcement to make decisions state leaders can not.

State's attorneys in Peoria, McLean and Tazewell counties will not prosecute concealed carry until the law is clear. Mayor Ardis agrees.

"This was not a decision made in a vacuum,” said Ardis. “The state's attorneys, police chiefs and sheriffs talked about this, the best way to really uphold the law as they see it and to do what they need to keep the community safe and I think they've done that.”

Illinois is the only state without a concealed carry law.

Governor Quinn is under a court-ordered July 9 deadline to sign concealed carry legislation. If he does not, concealed carry takes effect without any regulations.

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