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Posted on July 12, 2013
On December 11, 2012, a ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit invalidated Illinois’ total ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. House Bill 183 with Senate Amendments 5, 6 and 7 passed in the Illinois Senate on May 31 by a 45 to 12 vote, and the state House concurred with the Senate amendments by an 89 to 28 vote. This Tuesday, on the court-ordered deadline for Illinois to enact a law that would provide for the lawful carrying of arms, the state House voted 77 to 31 and the state Senate 41 to 17 to override the Amendatory Veto by Governor Pat Quinn (D) on House Bill 183, making concealed carry a legal possibility in the Land of Lincoln. Additionally, Governor Quinn attempted to push a trailer bill with even more restrictions on concealed carry, but it was summarily rejected, just as his deeply flawed amendatory veto was soundly overridden. More attempts by anti-gun extremists to restrict concealed carry and target responsible citizens will likely occur, but your NRA-ILA will continue to fight to ease restrictions on the law-abiding interested in self-defense, while addressing real solutions to crime, such as pushing for the prosecution of violent criminals.
The provisions in House Bill 183 were effective immediately upon the state legislature’s veto override; however, the Illinois State Police has an additional 180 days to implement the actual licensing process. In the meantime, the general ban on the unlicensed carrying of loaded weapons continues to exist. Below is an overview of the provisions in House Bill 183:
Concealed Carry Licensing:
To qualify for a license to conceal carry, an Illinois resident must:
An applicant will be disqualified if:
Under HB 183 there is an extensive list of places where carrying firearms is prohibited, even with a concealed handgun license. Three or more violations will result in a permanent revocation of license. The list of prohibited places includes, but is not limited to:
Serious concerns remain about the implementation, cost and issuance of concealed carry licenses in Illinois. Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on developments related to concealed carry in Illinois and fight to ensure that licenses are issued in a timely manner to those law-abiding Illinoisans interested in their inherent right to self-defense.
Illinois Right To Carry
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