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"It's confusing. I would agree with that."

John McGeehe has been enforcing the laws in Rock Island County for just over 6 months.

The Rock Island County States Attorney says that the current concealed carry situation in Illinois makes it tough for people to know what to do.

But when a case comes across his desk, he has a job to do.

"The laws inIllinois haven't changed. They have not been signed by the governor and so what we do as persecutors is we enforce the laws that are on the books currently."

And the law on the books in Illinois now saw carrying a concealed weapon is not OK.

But with a federal court of appeals decision saying that ban is unconstitutional - that has caused problems for prosecutors like McGeehe.

McGeehe says there seems to be a disconnect in some areas. 

In Southern Illinois counties - they simply are deciding to not prosecute these cases.

But when certain counties make decisions on what is law and what isn't McGeehe says all that does is cause problems.

"We are one state... If each county is going to have their own set of rules when it comes to concealed carry - it can cause confusion."

But in Rock Island County - this states attorney says he will be following the law - until the law changes.

"We are not legislators. That's for them to write the laws. We enforce the laws that are written."

A bill allowing concealed carry in Illinois has passed through both the state house and senate.

It now awaits Governor Quinn's signature.

He has until July 9th to sign the bill - according to the Federal Appeals Court. 

 

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