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updated: 6/6/2013 6:09 PM

Downstate prosecutor enacts immediate concealed carry

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Concealed carry legislation is pending before the Illinois governor, but the state's attorney in Madison County says residents can start carrying weapons immediately.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said Thursday that "it serves no just purpose" to deny citizens the ability to carry weapons. The Illinois legislature passed concealed-carry legislation during its recent session under order by a federal appeals court, which ruled the state's ban unconstitutional. That legislation is awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn, who hasn't said if he will sign it or not.

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The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Gibbons says people can carry a concealed weapon in his county as long as they meet seven requirements. Those requirements include possessing a valid Firearm Owners Identification card. Residents also must be carrying the weapon for self-defense.

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