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Chicago's first concealed carry permit holder's arrest

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Chicago’s first concealed carry permit holder's arrest occurred after a man on the city’s Northwest Side allegedly took a gun out during a property dispute. The incident involved William P. O’Connell of the 7200 block of North Oleander Avenue, according to a Sun-Times report on Sunday, and it resulted in O’Connell losing his permit due to the incident’s arrest.

O’Connell was identified by a 52-year-old male victim and a woman as the man who pulled a gun on the male victim during an argument over rent money on March 23, 2014. O’Connell admitted that he had hid his gun. The gun-toting man took police officers to a vacant apartment where they recovered a .38-caliber revolver, according to the report.

O’Connell, who is due in court on May 8, was carrying a valid state firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry license when officers arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Since there is a provision of the concealed carry law stating that permit holders cannot be the subject of a proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm, O’Connell has had his permit revoked by the Illinois State Police.

If convicted, O’Connell will be disqualified from owning a firearm in the future.

Chicago – and Illinois – just came onboard with its new carry conceal weapons law in January of this