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Chicago's first concealed carry permit holder's arrest

Illinois conceal carry law's first arrest in Chicago
Illinois conceal carry law's first arrest in ChicagoSt. Louis Today

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