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Downstate prosecutor refuses to enforce gun law

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Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The McLean County state's attorney is halting enforcement of Illinois gun laws that he considers unconstitutional.

Ron Dozier said state law makes criminals out of people who simply carry weapons in the wrong place or the wrong type of container. Dozier says he refuses to "punish decent, otherwise law-abiding citizens" who exercise their Second Amendment rights.

He told WJBC radio that someone who legally carries a rifle in a gun rack in Missouri shouldn't be charged with a felony just for driving across the state line.

But the county sheriff told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph his officers will continue to make arrests when they see violations.

Dozier is the interim state's attorney and leaves office later this year.

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