Responding to Madison County’s concealed carry position, Clinton County Sheriff Mike Kreke says he agrees with the position and because Madison County borders Clinton County, his department will therefore take a number of steps in dealing with firearms on a person or in a vehicle.
First, says Kreke, his department will honor all other state and local jurisdictions right-to-carry laws, proclamations and permits until the state of Illinois or Clinton County enact a law or proclamation regarding concealed carry.
Kreke says his second position is that a person must possess a valid firearms owner identification card or an out of state equivalent.
Third, they must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm by the state of Illinois, any other state, jurisdiction or court.
Fourth, they cannot be committing a criminal act. Fifth, the person must disclose they have a firearm on their person or in their vehicle when approached by law enforcement.
Six, they must abide by all rules and regulations of the governing body from which their permit/permission was issued.
Kreke says if any of the six conditions are not followed, the person will be dealt with according to existing Illinois statutes. He emphasizes that his position is that of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and is not intended to be a concealed carry law or proclamation for Clinton County.
“It is to allow those who have permission to conceal carry from another jurisdiction to also do so when encountered by a Clinton County Sheriff’s Department deputy,” comments Kreke.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons announced Thursday his office no longer will enforce the state’s last-in-the-nation ban on allowing guns in public.
Gibbons says that’s because a federal appeals court in Chicago late last year threw out the state’s prohibition, giving Illinois lawmakers a deadline to come up with a measure allowing concealed carry.
Lawmakers sent Gov. Quinn a concealed-carry measure, but he hasn’t said whether he will sign it.
Other state’s attorneys across Illinois don’t agree with Gibbons. They question whether he’s wrongly acting as a maker of laws instead of someone entrusted to enforce them.