CHICAGO - From the beginning, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart hasn't liked a provision in Illinois' concealed carry law that calls on county law enforcement to file a complaint with a governor-appointed panel if the Illinois State Policy issues a permit to someone the county considers dangerous.
Dart said this week he wants to restrict anyone with an arrest record within the past seven years from being able to legally carry a handgun in Illinois. So he wrote a letter to the State Police, asking for access to their statewide database to compare county arrests records.
State Police Director Hiram Grau said no, that he couldn't legally grant Dart's request.
The AP says in a letter to Dart dated Dec. 16, Grau said neither local law enforcement nor the state police is allowed to use the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) as part of the law’s process that allows local agencies to object to individual applications. The reason, he said, is such a use constitutes a “non-criminal justice purpose.”