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    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday gun owners can carry weapons in the ordinary storage boxes built into their cars. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

    By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
    THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
    Posted Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:29 AM
    Last update Oct 09, 2009 @ 06:04 AM

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    .An Illinois Supreme Court decision that gun owners can carry weapons in consoles and other storage boxes built into their cars won’t make much difference to law enforcement officers, Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson said Thursday.

    Illinois law lets people carry guns in their cars if they are unloaded and enclosed in a case or other container. The question was whether a compartment for items like CDs and sunglasses meets the legal definition of a “case” for carrying guns.

    In issuing its ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a 2003 appellate court decision that said a glove compartment is not a “case” under the law.

    Williamson said the change doesn’t concern him.

    “All the officers and deputies are trained all the time to constantly be thinking of the possibility of a gun in the car,” he said.

    “And it’s not the honest citizen I’m worried about, it’s the crooks,” Williamson added. “They’re going to have the gun anyway -- they’re not going to care if there’s a law on the books or not. We could have a jillion laws on books outlawing guns. They’re going to carry them anyway.”

    The ruling was prompted by a Peoria case in which a man had been sentenced to 21/2 years in prison for carrying two pistols in his car’s storage compartment.

    The defendant, Michael Diggins, reportedly told police he was planning to drive to Florida and he carried his guns – a .45-caliber automatic pistol and a .357 Magnum revolver – in the console when traveling because the highway was “dangerous.”

    Diggins’ guns were unloaded and he had a valid Illinois firearms owner identification card.

    The Supreme Court said Diggins could be tried again for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon because witnesses contradicted each other about whether the center console of his Chevrolet Suburban was ajar or locked.

    The Illinois State Rifle Association filed a “friend of the court” brief supporting Diggins.
     
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