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Winnebago County weighs legality of gun resolution


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Illinois and Wisconsin are the only two states in the country that do not allow citizens to carry concealed firearms.


At least two Winnebago County Board members would like to see that changed in Illinois, starting in Winnebago County.


Randy Olson, R-1, and Doug Aurand, D-3, plan to present a resolution to the County Board this month authorizing concealed carry within the boundaries of the county.


“I put it together a couple years ago,” Olson said of the resolution. “I had a few members ask me if I would revive it, and I just tweaked it.”


The resolution is a 10-page document that outlines applicant guidelines and procedures before the sheriff issues a permit such as: being at least 21 years of age, a resident of the county for at least six months, passing a criminal-background check, completing a firearm safety training course and not having a history of mental illness or violent behavior.


Rockford, the largest municipality in the county, annually ranks at the top with highest crime rate in the state.

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DOH - I need to pay closer attention, sorry!!!

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