Illinois has been the only state that grants NO permits for concealed carry, not counting Washington D.C. as a state. As I posted earlier, The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Illinois could not deny the Right To Bear, and had to come up with a permitting system. The Illinois House passed a new concealed carry bill with an 89-28 vote. The Senate passed it 45-12. These margins are high enough to avoid a veto by governor pat quinn That's the good news.
- The law will not allow concealed carry on mass transportation or in government buildings, schools, taverns*, stadiums, casinos^, rahm emanuel's house, or in parks.
- $150 fee for the permit. That's a lot.
- 16 hours of training is required before issuance, the most of any state in the country. (Are shooting ranges still outlawed within chicago city limits?).
- The bill that passed does not include the requirement to abolish local gun ordinances, such as chicago's "assault weapon" ban that was written into earlier bills.
- Law enforcement can object to the issuance of a permit. The applicant can appeal the objection to a seven-member panel of appropriate personnel (retired judges, FBI agents).