Nearly 9,000 sign petition in support of Winnebago County concealed carry ordinance
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Nearly 9,000 signatures have been collected by the Rockford Tea Party in support of a concealed carry ordinance that would be enacted by the Winnebago County Board.
Among those signing in support are Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I), Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R), and numerous aldermen and county board members.
The Rockford Tea Party will present the signed concealed carry petitions to the Winnebago County Board Aug. 9.
Concealed carry refers to carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner. No federal law addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits, although 49 of 50 states have passed laws allowing citizens to carry certain concealed firearms in public. Illinois is the only state without such a provision.
The Rockford Tea Party has asserted that state law in Illinois contradicts the Illinois Constitution. The group is seeking to have a concealed carry ordinance enacted on a local level in Winnebago County.
“We will be successful this weekend in surpassing our self-imposed 10,000-signature mark,” said Bob Mlsna, co-coordinator of the Rockford Tea Party. “I’m especially proud that we reached out to a diverse cross-section of Winnebago County population. The community is really coming together on this realistic solution to local crime.”
Those interested in signing the petition may do so online at http://www.keepandbear.org. The petition is also available at Bullet Stop Gun Shop, 2100 Harlem Road, Loves Park, Ill.
Posted July 30, 2012
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