Court OKs storing guns in car consoles

Big Don

Sr. Grandmaster
Joined
Sep 2, 2007
Messages
10,551
Reaction score
189
Location
Sanger CA
Court OKs storing guns in car consoles


By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:29 AM
Last update Oct 09, 2009 @ 06:04 AM EXCERPT:

An Illinois Supreme Court decision that gun owners can carry weapons in consoles and other storage boxes built into their cars wont make much difference to law enforcement officers, Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson said Thursday.
Illinois law lets people carry guns in their cars if they are unloaded and enclosed in a case or other container. The question was whether a compartment for items like CDs and sunglasses meets the legal definition of a case for carrying guns.
In issuing its ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a 2003 appellate court decision that said a glove compartment is not a case under the law.
Williamson said the change doesnt concern him.
All the officers and deputies are trained all the time to constantly be thinking of the possibility of a gun in the car, he said.
And its not the honest citizen Im worried about, its the crooks, Williamson added. Theyre going to have the gun anyway -- theyre not going to care if theres a law on the books or not. We could have a jillion laws on books outlawing guns. Theyre going to carry them anyway.
END EXCERPT
Sounds like a victory for justice and a sheriff with a good head on his shoulders
 

Cryozombie

Grandmaster
MTS Alumni
Joined
Feb 11, 2003
Messages
9,998
Reaction score
206
Illinois firearms laws fall under 2 catagories... the Criminal Code, and the Wildlife code. Both have provisions for transporting firearms that state the firearm must be EITHER

Unloaded and in a Case

or

Broken down in a non-firing configuration.

There was an issue where people were carrying in fanny packs and they started citing the Wildlife code which more specifically stated a case designed for the carrying of a firearm, as opposed to the criminal code which stated case.

So... Even tho they have now stated a center console/glove box is a "case" it doesn't meet the wildlife code regulation, so they can still get you on a technicality here.
 
Top