Rietz not joining group allowing concealed carry now

Rietz not joining group allowing concealed carry now

Even though some Illinois officials say they won't prosecute concealed carry, you shouldn't expect the same opinion in Champaign County.

Officials from six counties said they will allow concealed carry in one form or another while Governor Pat Quinn considers whether to sign a concealed carry bill.  Those officials argued that they can't enforce a ban that a court has found unconstitutional.

However, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz doesn't share that opinion.

Rietz also urged people to be patient until the state works out the details of concealed carry.

Officials in Madison, Randolph, Tazewell, Peoria, White and Clinton Counties have said that they will allow some form of concealed carry immediately.

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787 wrote on June 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Of course she's not.

No surprise there.  Champaign County deserves better than Julia.

Lance Dixon wrote on June 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thank you Julia Reitz. 

shurstrike wrote on June 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

In the legendary words of Matt Foley, ""Whoop-deefrickin-doo!"

If Madigan doesn't get her "I'm going kicking and screaming" deadline extension, it becomes LAW three weeks from today - July 9th.

had_enough_of_illinois wrote on June 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

This is a smart move by States Attorney Rietz whether you like her or not.  The citizens of Illinois should not start slapping guns to their hips and strutting around town.  I am very much for conceal carry but there needs to be rules and guidelines.  Illinois does not have a population accustom to conceal carry.  The people of Illinois need to realize that conceal carry does not mean that anyone carrying needs to whip out their gun at the first sign of trouble.  Nor does it make those carrying, police officers.  You are not a hero just because you are carrying a firearm.  That is why we need rules and guidelines.  There needs to be some sort of training and education associated with conceal carry.   We don’t let people hunt unless they are trained.  We don’t let people drive cars unless they are trained.   Granted Illinois will probably come up with some pretty stupid rules but not giving people any guidance when it comes to conceal carry is a very dangerous idea.  The States Attorney's that say that they won’t prosecute those that do carry are doing a huge disservice to those people and putting them in a bad position.  It’s only a matter of time before someone thinks that they need to be a hero and pulls a gun on someone and the lead starts flying.  The whole idea of conceal carry is to protect yourself or your family and to get yourself or your family to safety, that’s it.   Illinois is going from total opposites when it comes to conceal carry and those that do want to carry need to understand the legal aspects that come with carrying a firearm.  Carrying a gun whether it’s a right or a privilege comes with a lot of responsibility as well as liability.  It should not be taken lightly.  Illinois you will have conceal carry it’s only a matter of time don’t ruin it by not taking the necessary precautions to do it right.  If the lawmakers write something in the law you don’t like vote them out and change it.

shurstrike wrote on June 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

You're correct.  However, the law requires that anyone obtaining a conceal carry permit must have 16 hours of training - more required than any other state in the union.  So come July 9th, no one will be legally "slapping guns to their waists" without a permit.  Well, no more than do it now......without a permit.......illegally.

By the way, your example of "slapping guns to their waists" illustrates open carry, not conceal carry.  I don't believe this bill allows for open carry.

had_enough_of_illinois wrote on June 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

My mistake about the open carry. 

thelowedown wrote on June 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I don't think some peopling commenting understand the situation as to CCW or this Rietz decision. If Quinn takes no action signing or vetoing before July 9th, then there will be defacto concealed carry, you'll just have to have a FOID card. Of course, come that date the 7th Circuit could decide to go a different direction, but they used pretty firm language in allowing the 30 day extension of their stayed ruling in order to let the constitutional governing process of the state play out. If July 9 comes with Quinn still diddling around then home rule units in the state will be able to set their own concealed carry rules. However, given the strong majorities in the state House and Senate which passed HB183 a Quinn veto override is pretty much a given.


What is happening now with certain state's attorneys, and which Rietz is not joining in on, is more than prosecutorial discretion in declining to prosecute people who conceal and carry a firearm. Several state's attorneys have gone on to create their own distinct set of carry rules in blatant violation of not only state law as it exists today with a stayed court ruling hanging overhead, but of the constitutional process set out by the Illinois Constitution.


anderson4707 wrote on July 04, 2013 at 12:07 am

So does this mean we now have constitutional carry in Illinois?  The deadline has come and gone and we have no bill.  That to me, means the congress and the governor have failed and constitutional carry is now law.