County panel tables votes on concealed carry resolution
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org February 11, 2013 2:36PM
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:20AM
More than two dozen people packed into a small Will County Board committee meeting room on Monday to voice their support for a proposed concealed carry resolution.
So many Second Amendment supporters showed up, there weren’t enough chairs for all of them and they had to stand in the room or just outside its door.
The board’s legislative committee had planned to vote on an advisory resolution in support of concealed carry, which would allow citizens to carry guns outside of their homes. But the committee ran out of time and postponed the vote until 8:30 a.m. March 12 at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet.
Even so, several people spoke in favor of the issue, which is before the Legislature because of a recent court ruling that threw out an Illinois law banning concealed carry.
Frankfort resident Richard Reynolds, who is a member of the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association, told the committee he is a law-abiding citizen who just wants to be able to protect his family and property.
“I would very much like to be able to have my Second Amendment rights restored that the state of Illinois has denied, and I applaud the Will County Board for considering this resolution for concealed carry. I would like to encourage you to adopt this resolution, in fact I entreat you to do that.”
Shorewood resident David Lombardo, who is an NRA training counselor and the host of a gun show on WIND, agreed.
“Citizens essentially want to do the right thing and they simply want to be able to protect their home and their family,” he said.
The resolution, which would be advisory because the county board doesn’t have the power to enact such laws, was proposed in January by county board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen. He is being assisted with his effort by board member Don Moran, D-Romeoville, who is president of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
Countries that have limited citizens’ rights to bear arms open themselves up to dictators and tyranny, Balich said.
On Dec. 11, a federal appeals court ruled against the state’s concealed carry weapons ban. The court gave the Legislature 180 days to write a law legalizing the right to carry a concealed weapon.
Other counties are adopting similar resolutions in support of concealed carry, Balich added.
“I don’t know if the state’s going to listen to us or not,” he said.