In February 2016, Teamsters Local 700 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.
A Chicago federal judge has ruled, saying the federal law does not compel the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, or any other county or state correctional agency, to classify the corrections officers as law enforcement officers.
Teamsters Local 700 was hoping for an amendment to the current IROCC regulations that prevented many qualified law enforcement officers from conceal and carry post retirement. While the decision didn’t go our way, we are proud to have fought for it on behalf of the many current, former and retired members who fall into this category and should be allowed to conceal and carry.
Local 700 will be exploring legislation to create a new law that does recognize correctional officers and court service deputies as being eligible to conceal and carry after they retire.