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Ogle County to vote on concealed carry


Illinois is the last state to adopt some kind of concealed carry law.

People in Ogle County will have a chance to voice their opinion, again, on the matter very soon.

Ogle will join several other Illinois counties this spring and vote on whether people should be able to carry a weapon.

 "Actually it started a few months ago when people started circulating a petition to put this question on the ballot," said  Jim Barnes, Chairman of the Ogle County Board.

Nearly a thousand people signed that petition.  

After the County Board reviewed it, members voted unanimously to include the resolution.

During the April 6th election, ballots will ask voters to decide if they think the state should pass a law that allows people to carry a concealed weapon.

"Now, we're not trying to pass out guns to everybody," said Barnes. "We feel that there should be guidelines. It's just like driving a car, you've got to have a license, you gotta pass a test, and the same way with guns."

Barnes says if the referendum passes, it does not mean that people will be able to get their concealed carry license just yet.

"We're gonna send a copy of this resolution to each one of our representatives in Springfield. To the governor. Asking them to also put this on the state wide ballot." said Barnes

Back in 2008 a similar referendum was voted on in Ogle County. It passed with about 53 percent.

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