BLOOMINGTON — Residents with concealed-carry permits who bring their handguns into areas exempt from weapons may not automatically face criminal charges, McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said Thursday.
"Every case is different. I'm not interested in arresting everyone who makes a mistake and forgets they are carrying their gun," Chambers said Thursday.
The first McLean County case involving an alleged violation of the state's concealed-carry law was recently filed against a Middletown man.
Patrick Davis, 65, is charged with possession of a firearm in a prohibited area and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. The charges stem from a Nov. 25 incident in which Davis was taken to the hospital after he fell down at Bonkers, 1507 S. Main St. Hospital staff located the gun, according to police.
Chambers said he and his staff will review cases to determine if the circumstances warrant criminal charges.
In the Davis case, the allegations include being intoxicated while carrying a concealed weapon. The state is waiting on medical information, said Chambers.
Careful review will be made of cases where gun possession was an oversight, said Chambers. A gun owner's reaction to a request from the business to take a weapon outside also will be taken into consideration, he said.
Under state law, carrying a gun while intoxicated is a Class A misdemeanor. Carrying in a prohibited area, including a bar, is a Class B misdemeanor.
Davis was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.