An Illinois state lawmaker is trying to increase the penalties on gun owners who break the rules, specifically at schools.
The bills are getting a rise out of legal gun owners. Concealed-carry is already illegal at places like schools and government buildings. But a bill introduced by Representative Deborah Conroy specifically targets those who carry guns at schools by making it a felony offense rather than a misdemeanor.
A second bill would raise the fine for carrying concealed in a prohibited place from $150 to $500. The extra money would be put into the mental health reporting fund. Many gun owners complain there are already fines and infractions for offender, and the new legislation is overkill.
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