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Students may soon be allowed to pack concealed heat off campus.

A 2012 Supreme Court ruling deemed the Illinois ban on concealed carry unconstitutional. The repercussions of this action mean Illinois lawmakers have until June 9 to implement regulations for concealed carry before the federal government steps in to rectify the situation. Current gun laws allow for the transport of firearms only if the weapon is broken down in a non-functioning state, not immediately accessible, or is unloaded and enclosed in a case.

Sycamore attorney Riley N. Oncken is a local champion of the conceal carry laws in Illinois. Oncken attempted to pass legislation in DeKalb County legalizing conceal carry in May 2011.

“It is their [law-abiding citizens] right granted under them by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their families,” Oncken said.

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