Originally Posted Online: Feb. 03, 2009, 12:39 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 04, 2009, 10:39 am

Illinois sheriffs support concealed-carry handgun law

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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com

For the first time since it was founded in 1928, the Illinois Sheriffs' Association announced its support for a concealed-carry handgun law in Illinois.

The association represents the 102 Illinois sheriffs. The association held its winter training conference at the iWireless Center in Moline that concluded Tuesday.

The association also appointed Henry County Sheriff Gib Cady as its president for 2009. Sheriff Cady has been a strong proponent of concealed-carry in Illinois.

'We are constitutional officers for the people and the people want this,' Sheriff Cady said.

Greg Sullivan, executive director of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association, said the association wanted to weigh in on the issue.

He said there is a strong push from the National Rifle Association to back some type of concealed-carry handgun law in Illinois. The state is one of two (the other is Wisconsin) that has no form of concealed-carry handgun law on the books.

'The association is typically neutral on concealed carry,' Mr. Sullivan said.