Former Illinois football staffer will stand trial for weapons charge

URBANA - A former University of Illinois football staff member's claim that an anti-weapons law is unconstitutional has been rejected by a Champaign County judge.

Matt Sinclair, 31, will stand trial for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after a November incident.  While traveling on Interstate 74 after a game at Purdue, Sinclair allegedly pointed a gun in jest at a co-worker.  A woman driving behind Sinclair called police.

Attorneys said that Sinclair should have been protected by Illinois' concealed carry law, which took effect in July 2013.  However, permits were not available until January, and Judge Heidi Ladd ruled the previous law was still in effect until then.

Sinclair is a former linebacker for the university, playing from 2001 to 2004.  He resigned from his position in February.

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