But Bloomington's McLean County, population 170,000, may soon announce a similar policy.The usual suspects are "outraged" but a spokesperson for Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that they "are not the boss of state's attorney" noting that they are independently elected.
State's Attorney Ronald Dozier told us he's already sent a legal memo to other Illinois prosecutors explaining his belief that it's unconstitutional to ban the carrying of loaded firearms in public. Some are outraged.
According to the FoxChicago story, one Chicago area state house member, State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) is proposing a Faustian alternative. He would agree to let individual counties set their own policy regarding concealed carry in exchange for banning "assault weapons".
If I were an Illinois resident I would tell Mr. Ford that his Devil's pact doesn't cut it. Not only would it ban the most popular rifle in America but it would create a patchwork of conflicting laws designed to snare the unwary. There is a reason most states have state pre-emption statutes.
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