BLOOMINGTON — The first McLean County case of an alleged violation of the state's concealed carry law is pending against a Middletown man accused of bringing a gun into a Bloomington bar.
Patrick Davis, 64, is charged with possession of a firearm in a prohibited area. The off-limits area for Davis' handgun was Bonkers, a bar located at 1507 S. Main St., that Davis was patronizing on Nov. 25, according to prosecutors.
Davis' gun was discovered by staff at a Twin City hospital where he was taken after he fell down at the tavern, said police reports.
McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said the circumstances outlined in the charge against Davis represent a public safety issue.
"A gun is as dangerous as a vehicle in the hands of an intoxicated person," said Chambers.
Davis was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.
Under the state's concealed carry law that went into effect last year, the first and second violations are Class A misdemeanors; a third is a Class 4 felony.
The state can suspend a CCW permit for up to six months after a second violation and permanently revoke it after a third violation.