McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery said he doubts there will be much of a rise in gun sales if Illinois legalizes concealed carry. (Photo by Laura Ewan/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery says the federal appeals court ruling throwing out a concealed carry ban is just the first-step in what could be a years-long process to get concealed weapons legal in Illinois.
"There's a large battle ahead on this issue. I'm not excited like it's going to happen in June," Emery said.
Emery said the expects lawmakers to consider where weapons shouldn't be allowed.
"That's good because now they get to do a little research and they'll keep adding locations; courthouses - federal and state - bars, churches, all those buildings should be exempt," Emery said.
A bill that failed last year also would have outlawed concealed weapons from schools, libraries, entertainment venues and college campuses.
Emery supports concealed carry but says there should be restrictions on where weapons should be allowed - such as churches, bars and government buildings.
Emery says he doesn't expect a lifting of Illinois' concealed carry ban to lead to any windfall for gun sellers.
"A lot of people may apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but I just don't think you'll see a lot of people carry concealed weapons," Emery said.
Emery said he suspects most of the people who will apply for conceal carry permits probably already own guns. He says the measure is more for peace of mind for Second Amendment supporters.
Eric Stock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.