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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI0-- The Madison County State's Attorney released guidelines for legal conceal and carry of firearms Thursday.

The guidelines are an effort to "clear confusion" about conceal and carry in Illinois.

It is the only state not to have a conceal and carry law on the books.

However, the ban was ruled unconstitutional, so that created confusion among authorities.

"We felt this would help with that, and that it would let people know what they can and can't do," Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said. "

According to the guidelines, people in Madison County can have a loaded gun in their car or on their persons if they have an F.O.I.D and have the weapon for self defense.

They also need to inform law enforcement officers that they are armed if one ask them if they are armed.

But the guidelines might be temporary because the Illinois General Assembly passed and conceal and carry law and Gov. Pat Quinn is reviewing it.

"We would like a clear set of rules from the state, so we can enforce them," Gibbons said. "But for now this will help clear things up."

Ashley Cooper has a F.O.I.D, but said she will not practice conceal carry in Madison County.

"I just use it to protect me at home," she said.

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