Posted 25 July 2011 - 02:50 PM
“A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(10) Carries or possesses on or about his person, upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town, except when an invitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such weapon or the lawful commerce in weapons, or except when on his land or in his own abode, legal dwelling, or fixed place of business, or on the land or in the legal dwelling of another person as an invitee with that person's permission, any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm, except that this subsection (a) (10) does not apply to or affect transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions:
(i) are broken down in a non‑functioning state; or
(ii) are not immediately accessible; or
iii) are unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card.”
The State does a masterful job of slight of hand in that they leave off the following portion of the quoted sentence “except when an invitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such weapon or the lawful commerce in weapons,” The ability to carry or posses uncased, open and accessible weapons is an exception if they are used in the above described manner. Such as a color guard, drill team or veterans group with say a weapon mounted on vehicle in a parade or in the ‘commerce’ of those weapons. Not as an individual toting around a loaded gun. Clearly, the State is cherry picking the statute and ignoring the clear
"Carries or possesses on or about his person, upon any public street, alley, or" this covers ALL public streets they try to parse it to many ways to be be to cute by half.
While a 9 mm or .40 caliber bullet may or may not expand, it is an undeniable fact that a .45 caliber bullet will never shrink.