The first -- and so far only -- person to have his concealed carry license revoked in Illinois is a Northwest Side man accused of pulling a gun during an argument over rent money.
William P. O'Connell, 54, got into the argument with another man around 4:35 p.m. March 23 in the 4600 block of West Palmer Street near Hermosa Park, according to police.
O'Connell pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the man and threatened to shoot him, police said. The man and a woman with him called police and O'Connell was arrested, according to a statement released by police.
O'Connell admitted he hid the gun in a vacant apartment, where officers found a .38-caliber revolver, police said. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor.
O'Connell, of the 7200 block of North Oleander Avenue, had both a valid Firearm Owners Identification card and a concealed carry license, police said.
The license was revoked under Illinois' new concealed carry law, which allows a license to be pulled if someone uses or threatens violence, among other grounds.
If the charges are dropped against O'Connell, the license will be reinstated, according to Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond. His next court hearing is May 8. O'Connell could not be reached for comment.
The first concealed carry licenses were issued at the end of February. At the time, officials said they had received more than 50,000 applications.
Concealed handguns are prohibited in a long list of buildings, parking lots and properties, including schools, child care facilities, courthouses, government buildings, hospitals, nursing homes and public transportation facilities, buses and trains.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun