In the only state that doesn't let its residents walk around with concealed firearms, a northwest Illinois county could become the testing ground for gun enthusiasts who want a clean sweep for their Second Amendment rights, reports the Chicago Tribune. A grass-roots movement in Winnebago County is taking aim at Illinois' long-held position, setting up a possible showdown between gun-rights advocates and a sympathetic prosecutor who believes the effort won't pass legal muster.
The county has scheduled hearings this month to determine whether it should allow people to carry guns within its borders. The proposed ordinance – which was written after officials received a petition with more than 11,000 signatures this year – would contradict state law. Winnebago County State's Attorney Joseph Bruscato said the county could not circumvent state statute and create its own gun law. Bruscato, who for years has publicly pushed for concealed carry laws in Illinois, said he had no choice but to warn against the effort. “Despite my personal views, I cannot give bad legal advice,” he said. “This ordinance would not be upheld.”