County takes aim at conceal carry resolution
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board is considering a resolution to show its support of House Bill 148, which permits a county sheriff to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements.
Board member Robin Rediger presented the resolution at Tuesday’s meeting of the county board for the board’s consideration and discussion. Rediger said the Whiteside County Board passed a similar resolution in November, which resulted in Whiteside becoming the 12th county in the state to approve a conceal carry resolution. The Bureau County resolution was also based, in part, on a resolution approved in Pike County. Illinois is the only state to not have already passed a concealed weapons law, Rediger said.
As far as local support, Rediger said he has spoken to Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson who is 100 percent behind the proposed legislation. As recommended in House Bill 148, the gun permits would cost $65, with $25 remaining with the local sheriff’s department, Rediger said.
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