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Illinois Concealed Carry

On January 1, 2014,  it will be legal to carry guns in public in Illinois.

The state’s concealed carry law was passed earlier in 2013 to comply with a court ruling that declared the state’s ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional.

Illinois’ new law requires gun owners to apply for a license and state police must approve the application.

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A federal judge granted the City of Chicago a 6 month delay in allowing gun stores to open in the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wanted the extra time to set up some regulations about where gun shops can be located.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the extension was expected after Emanuel said last week that he wouldn’t fight U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang’s order in court because he wasn’t interested in in “litigation for the purpose of litigation.” The city has suffered a series of legal setbacks in recent years while fighting in court to reverse rulings favoring firearms advocates.

After the ruling, Emanuel released the following statement:“I am pleased the court granted our request for a six-month delay to allow time to adopt a municipal ordinance regulating firearm sales in Chicago. Our goal is to create the strictest regulations that protect our residents and also comply with the court order without undermining the progress we have made in reducing violent crime throughout our city. We owe nothing less to the children, families and residents of Chicago than to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

A federal judge has struck down the city of Chicago’s ban on licensed gun stores.

But the city will appeal Wednesday’s ruling.

Judge Edmond Chang said the city has no constitutional authority to outlaw legitimate gun dealers.

The ruling further guts what was once the most restrictive municipal gun law in the country.

Is also makes it legal for a gun owner to sell his gun to anyone with a legal firearms ID card.

Mayor Emanuel is directing the city to appeal the judge’s ruling, and ask for a six-month delay while city officials explore new ways to regulate gun sales.

Illinois residents are just a couple of days away from being able to apply for a license to carry a concealed handgun.

While it’s clear the Concealed Carry law is here to stay, in its current form, it’s also clear not everybody is happy with it in Illinois.

Some legislators and even small business owners that think the statute is too gray. They want something more black and white and hope they still have time to make it happen in hopes that everyone has a clear understanding where guns are welcome and where they are not.

To state senate president John Cullerton,  the wording of the law is everything. He may be talking about the simple stuff that is, quite frankly, not so simple at all: Signage.   He and others want no dispute over where guns can and can’t be concealed and carried in the state.

While Cullerton is accepting now of the law that makes Illinois the last in the nation to permit concealed weapons in public places, Cullerton is still pressing for change.

So is Representative Sara Feigenholtz. She wants clarification about beaches versus forest preserves, public transportation versus public playgrounds.

Signage is also a big sticking point for restaurant owner Glen Keefer of Keefer’s  in River North. He’s been in the restaurant business for decades and wants legislators to know he thinks booze and guns can be a deadly combination.

Earlier today, the Illinois State Police updated the public on their progress when it comes to Concealed Carry license applications, appearing online January 5th.

Fire arms owner ID cards are a must to get a concealed carry license. And gun owners are responding with vigor. It’s a long process to weed through the demands whether you do it on paper or online. Meanwhile, law enforcement is preparing officers for the possible change in climate.

But as senate president Cullerton indicated, change to the statute is far from a done deal. It will take time and it will take compromise to alter the controversial bill that is law in the new year.

Come New Year’s Day,  it will be legal to carry guns in public in Illinois.

The state’s concealed carry law was passed earlier this year to comply with a court ruling that declared the state’s ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional.

Illinois’ new law requires gun owners to apply for a license and state police must approve the application.

The department will start accepting applications on the state police website Sunday,  Jan. 5.

State police say they expect 400,000 gun owners to apply for concealed carry licenses in the the coming months.

County sheriffs, prosecutors, and police officials have the power to object to an application.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart spoke out today criticizing how Illinois residents will soon be able to apply for permits to let them carry guns that are concealed.

Dart fears lawmakers in Springfield failed miserably when they crafted the law and its previsions concerning who will be allowed to receive a license to carry concealed firearms.

“I don’t know if the legislature could have conceivably made a more dysfunctional, confusing law if that’s what they had set out to do,” he said.

Dart will be issuing blanket objections to the board, of applicants who have records in at least three areas.

“Anybody who has one or more arrests for gun possession, anyone who has one or more arrests for domestic violence, or anyone who has one or more arrests for gang offense,” he said.

Dart also said, there’s another group of applicants who don’t need to have concealed weapons.

“You could be someone with no criminal record whatsoever – no arrests for anything but you suffer from mental illness.”

Dart did not say it directly, but he’s hinting that through this process, someone is going to end up with a handgun who shouldn’t have one – slipping right through the net.

What can he do to stop it? He says he really does not know.

“My hope has been that the State Police would do the objecting on my behalf and I would be relatively appeased in that area. As far as what I would do with regard to the mental issue, I honestly at this point don’t know,” Dart said.

Dart has to make a decision soon because the first applications will be on his desk January 5th, 2014.


Illinois is now the 50th state to allow people to carry concealed handguns.

The General Assembly over-rode Governor Quinn’s effort to modify a concealed carry bill, and enacted its original bill.

It will take six months to create a screening and application process to weed out criminals and the mentally ill who want gun permits.

The first concealed carry permits probably won’t be issued until next Spring.  Until then, concealed carry is still illegal.

CaptureApplications will be available and on the Illinois State Police website.

Illinois residents pay $150 to have a permit for five years.

Applicants must be at least 21-years-old and have a valid FOID card.

Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving a violent crime or a DUI within the past five years will be rejected.

Illinois is now the 50th state to allow people to carry concealed handguns.

The state General Assembly overrode governor Pat Quinn’s effort to modify a concealed-carry bill, and enacted its original bill; but it will take six months to create a screening and application process to weed out criminals and people with mental problems who want gun permits.

The first concealed-carry permits probably won’t be issued until next spring; until then, concealed-carry is still illegal.

Guns will still be banned in schools, parks, government buildings, on public transit and in businesses where alcohol accounts for more than half of sales.

The Illinois General Assembly voted Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the concealed carry bill making Illinois the last state in the country to legalize the concealed carry of guns.

The House voted 77-31. The Senate 41-17.

The clock was ticking and the deadline was midnight for Illinois to act after the federal court ruled the state’s prohibition was unconstitutional.

The Senate tried to incorporate some of Quinn’s suggestions in a separate bill requiring house approval before becoming law. Things like forcing anyone with a concealed weapon to tell police about it the minute they are stopped by law enforcement; or, steering all mental health reportings to the Illinois State Police instead of the health department since state police are the ones who process concealed carry licenses.

But it failed in the House with a 62-47 vote, showing just how hard it is to get support for more restrictions.

While the state is moving forward to get Illinois on par with the rest of the country when it comes to concealed carry gun legislation, Chicago’s mayor is quick to recognize laws that apply to the rest of Illinois could be problematic for the city.

“Gun control is essential,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “If they try to create a bill that represents the whole state, I think we need to make it clear Chicago is different than downstate and we had a stark reminder of that this weekend.”

Emanuel wants three things to help drive down crime and homicides:  He wants an assault weapon ban, a comprehensive background checks on a national level and a minimum three year sentence for violating gun laws with a mandatory 85% of sentence served.

City Hall will be a busy place next week. On Wednesday, Emanuel is calling a special session where he expects to see a ban on assault weapons pass in Chicago.

Tuesday’s vote on concealed weapons marks the end of the session. Lawmakers have adjourned until the fall.

The Illinois House, with no debate, voted 77-31 today to override Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s changes to a legislative compromise plan to regulate the concealed carrying of firearms in the state.

The state Senate must also vote to override Quinn’s rewrite of the bill for the measure to become law. That vote is expected later today.

The measure got 89 votes in its original House roll call at the end of May. It needed 71 House votes to override Quinn’s amendatory veto.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

A final showdown comes today on a bill to allow people in Illinois to carry concealed handguns.

Under federal court order, the state General Assembly approved a concealed-carry bill this spring; but only one week before the federal deadline, Governor Pat Quinn tacked on some amendments, like limiting a person to just one gun at a time, and outlawing guns in places like bars and restaurants.

gunsQuinn’s critics say he waited too long to try to change the bill.

The Governor complained, state lawmakers are embracing the ideals of the National Rifle Association and rejecting the will of the voters.

But State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) says Quinn is trying to undo a bill that took two years to negotiate, and a bill that passed both chambers of the legislature by veto-proof majorities.

Phelps says Quinn is just pandering to his Chicago base as he tries to win re-election.

Quinn carried only three of Illinois’ 102 counties in 2010, but Cook County, the state’s largest, was one of them.

The General Assembly is expected to override the governor’s amendatory veto and enact its original concealed-carry bill into law.