Conceal and Carry Not Welcomed by East St. Louis Mayor

EAST ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said he will not set guidelines for conceal and carry before lawmakers in Springfield, Illinois act.

The decision was welcomed by East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks. East St. Louis is considered one of the more violent cities in St. Clair County.

“This is a good move on his part,” Parks said.

Kelly’s stance comes after the state’s attorneys in Madison and Randolph Counties have decided to allowing citizens with a gun permit to conceal and carry.

This all started when a federal court ruled that the state’s ban on conceal and carry is unconstitutional.

The governor is currently reviewing a conceal and carry bill that was passed by the general assembly.

The St. Clair County State’s Attorney said he supported conceal and carry, but he added that he was not ready to “pull the trigger” on conceal and carry guidelines.

“I do not want to set guidelines that could be changed in a matter of weeks or even days when the state passes something,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

Parks agreed with Kelly.

“I think it’s right for our county to wait for whatever needs to be finalized with the state,” Parks said. “I have always been against conceal and carry, but when something is finalized we will make lemonade out of lemons.”

Some East St. Louis resident said they hope conceal and carry is the law of the land soon.

“We need to be able to arm ourselves,” Marie Donaby said.

Kelly said clarity is important. If passed, a state law would be enforced instead of the guidelines Madison and Randolph Counties have set for citizens.

“When I had Navy weapons training we learned if you are going to shoot you shoot to kill. I am not going to revisit and revise and change new guidelines every other day,” Kelly said.