Illinois concealed-carry law enacted

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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.

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