|State Sen. Donne Trotter after being released from a police lock-up (Chicago Tribune photo)|
Trotter as a state senator not only supported the state law he is accused of violating and against allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons, but he also voted to elevate it a from a misdemeanor to a felony offense, along with his support of other anti-gun measures. "What you're doing here [is] just basically creating part-time police officers who have not gone through the extensive training, who have not had the psychological evaluations, who will be getting out there who feel now that they're--they are stronger, they are badder, they are tougher because they have this nine-shooter on their hip," Trotter said in opposition to concealed carry legislation. That all might make it a little more difficult for him to claim he didn't know about the law. Cook Co. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who has had her share of controversy recently, will have a tough time letting Trotter walk on the charge. She just charged a flight attendant with a felony offense after she tried to board a plane with a loaded .22 caliber handgun owned by her husband, who had inadvertently left it in her bag without her knowledge.