When Tyler Wilfley, 19, of Downs, was accused of throwing vomit at an officer, the idea seemed as laughable as it was disgusting.
But concealed vomit is actually considered a weapon by the state police.
"It may sound disgusting, but putting your fingers into you (sic) throat and making yourself vomit usually gets results," says the Illinois State Police website.
The recommendation and that's making some women mad. Just ask Valinda Rowe.
Rowe told an audience at a concealed carry conference in Ottowa, Illinois that women should be allowed to carry more lethal means of deterrence against potential attackers.
To make her point , Rowe then proceeded to hand out "self-defense tactical tongue depressors," suggesting that these are the weapons police want women to use against their attackers, according to My Web Times.
Rowe, however, was being facetious. She was trying to make a point about Illinois' laws against concealed handguns.
"I believe I prefer a 9 mm or .45 [handgun] instead of a hair comb," Rowe said, responding to the State Police web site's suggestion of using common handbag articles as weapons.
Currently, Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states that are No-Issue jurisdictions, meaning that they do not issue concealed-carry permits. Private citizens are not allowed to carry a concealed handgun.
Rowe argued that concealed-carry laws would allow "qualified, responsible, law-abiding adults" to carry a firearm and "protect themselves and their families," reports My Web Times.
Still, we imagine that vomit would be a very powerful deterrent.