Monday, December 19, 2011

Rockford Mayor Endorses CCW

From WIFR.COM, 'Stateline Politicians to Show Support to Springfield for Illinois Conceal Carry':

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There have been few problems linked to Wisconsin's newly established concealed carry law and now cities surrounding Beloit want the law too.

Rockford Aldermen are considering passing a resolution that would show Springfield they're behind the move. The extra support wouldn't be enough to change the law however, it would show lawmakers and the governor the city supports concealed carry. Right now, Illinois is the only state that does not allow residents to possess guns in public.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey said, "There are a lot of people concealed carrying illegally, they are felons and people who are a great danger to our community. Its astonishing to me that Illinois is the only state in the union that doesn't have a prevision for concealed carry."

We spoke with several local mayors this afternoon. Many say they are in support of concealed carry, but have not considered formally and publicly addressing the issue. Machesney Park Village President Tom Strickland says he is behind the law; however, he would feel more comfortable putting the resolution on a ballot for voters to decide instead of the council.