- Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:26 AM
Illinois is the only state left in the nation where concealed carry is entirely illegal. Last Tuesday, nine Illinois counties placed a concealed weapons question on their election ballots to try to change that. The measure asked voters if they would be in support of concealed carry legislation. The measure passed with an overwhelming majority in every one of those 9 counties.
Henry, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island, Warren, Adams, Schuyler, Bond and Stephenson counties, which spread from the northwest to the south central parts of the state, all have one thing in common: a large population of voters interested in concealed carry legislation being passed. And they are not the first. This past spring, Pike County addressed a similar measure on its primary ballot and came away with an 85% approval rating. Pike County was also the first to enact an advisory resolution in 2007 stating that if the Illinois Legislature passed any laws further restricting firearms, Pike County would deem those laws “to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful legislative authority.” Following Pike County’s advisory resolution, 91 of Illinois’ 102 counties proceeded to pass identical resolutions.