Teamsters Local 700 recently helped fund the litigation aimed at changing a provision in the Illinois Administrative code that would allow all retired Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officers and court service deputies to conceal and carry a firearm under the Illinois Retired Officers Concealed Carry program (IROCC). The IROCC program currently excludes those officers and deputies from being able to conceal and carry a firearm after they retire.
A class action lawsuit was filed in November 2015 after retired Cook County Sheriff’s officers applied for a concealed carry permit and were denied. Local 700 sent a contribution to the lead attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case, Lucy Kirschinger, of Attorney Consumer Counseling.
Earlier this month, Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski and Joint Council 25 President John T. Coli sent a letter to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board urging them to amend the Illinois Administrative Code to allow our members to qualify for the IROCC program.
“While we respect and honor the policies put forth by the state and law enforcement agencies, we see no merit in excluding Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officers and court service deputies from this provision,” said Strzechowski. “Our members are trained professionals who are dedicated to observing the firearm safety and handling procedures mandated by the state. Everyday, they risk their own well being to defend and maintain public safety and should be granted the right to conceal and carry if they elect to do so after retirement.”
Teamsters Local 700 represents more than 5,000 members who work in the law enforcement community across the state, including nearly 3,500 at the Cook County Department of Corrections.