Lawmakers are preparing to amend the infant law, while thousands of Illinois residents apply to carry a handgun in public.

When the General Assembly reconvenes at the end of January, certain legislators will attempt to tailor concealed carry rules by increasing fines, limiting where guns can be carried or purchased, and boosting education and training requirements. Others urge their colleagues to see how the new law — a compromise forged after decades of wrangling — works before making any changes.

State Representative Deborah Conroy, a Villa Park Democrat, has filed legislation to raise fines for breaking the complex rules determining where people are authorized to bear arms, and to raise the criminal penalties for bringing a gun into an educational institution.

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