Illinois state legislators are gearing to change some rule that govern where and how Illinois residents may carry concealed weapons. Illinois last year became the last state in the country to allow concealed carry of firearms. The law prohibits guns in schools, day cares, courthouses, on public transportation, in sports stadiums and in businesses where alcohol sales make up more than 50 percent of the receipts.
Illinoisans were able to begin filing applications for concealed carry permits in January 2014, and the first ones could be issued sometime this spring. But, several Illinois lawmakers already want to make changes to the law, some to ease restrictions and others to tighten them. Can we hit the pause button and take some time to see if Illinois’ relatively young rules, which were just recently signed into law after months of negotiation and tweaking in the legislature, work as written?
Illinois’ concealed carry law hasn’t had a chance to be tested, primarily because no Illinoisans have been issued concealed carry permits yet. And that means no one knows yet where any potential problems, loopholes or gaps lie.
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