Secret Compartments Legal
- The Illinois Supreme Court declared Thursday that a state law banning secret compartments in cars is unconstitutional.
A unanimous court said the 1999 law meant to discourage gang members from hiding guns from police was too broad and penalized innocent conduct.
Justices ruled on two cases in which police stopped cars with empty air bag compartments. During one, in Cook County in 2004, police found a BB gun. The other, a 2006 stop in Grundy County, turned up a large amount of money.
[...] "Just as citizens are not required to display their worldly possessions to the general public, neither are they required to exhibit them for the plain view of law enforcement," Karmeier wrote.
So the compartments themselves are now legal. What does this do to certain "trap experts" jobs? As it's legal to have a trap in your vehicle, it logically follows that it must be a constitutionally protected space, subject to search only by warrant or consent. New directives anyone?
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