Contact: Shaun Kranish
ICarry.org Executive Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2012
CONCEALED CARRY SWEEPS ILLINOIS, COUNTY-BY-COUNTY
More Opportunities for Winnebago County Leadership in Concealed Carry
MyFoxChicago.com reported August 20th that Edwards County State’s Attorney Mike Valentine is openly and publicly refusing to prosecute law-abiding citizens for carrying concealed firearms for personal protection. WJBC.com reported the same August 21st for McLean County. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Article I Section 22 of the Illinois Constitution guarantee the individual citizen’s right to carry loaded firearms. County-by-county initiatives have been ongoing this year with petitions circulating, ordinances being enacted, and state’s attorneys respecting the rights of lawful gun owners.
“Chicago politicians have thumbed their noses at this right by refusing to pass a concealed carry law in Illinois. Illinois remains the only state to completely ban carrying a loaded firearm, and such a blanket ban is indisputably unconstitutional,” said Shaun Kranish of ICarry.org
ICarry.org, a Rockford-based statewide group promoting sensible right to carry laws, has been working with the Rockford Tea Party to promote concealed carry locally. On behalf of over 11,000 signatories in Winnebago County , the two groups are urging the county board and State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato to immediately recognize the right to bear arms.
“Joe Bruscato must uphold his oath to the US and Illinois Constitution by admitting that these statutes are unconstitutional and must be revised by the legislature,” said David Hale of the Rockford Tea Party.
“The citizens of Winnebago County will not tolerate their constitutionally-protected rights being completely ignored due to politics. A statewide shall-issue concealed carry law needs to be passed immediately, but in the meantime Winnebago County must not violate the rights of honest citizens to carry,” Hale continued.
Kranish warns that, “Winnebago County could face serious civil rights lawsuits and legal expenses for arresting, prosecuting, or otherwise violating the rights of lawful gun owners.”
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For more information, and to view this release online, visit KeepAndBear.org, the Winnebago County Concealed Carry Initiative website. Shaun Kranish can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-986-8385 and David Hale can be reached at email@example.com or 779-348-5427.
References: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19325546/-exclusive and http://wjbc.com/sa-dozier-relaxing-rules-to-enact-concealed-carry/