Ill. Lawmakers Want To Tweak Concealed Carry Law
Illinois lawmakers are considering amending the state's new concealed carry legislation. Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a series of changes are already being introduced in Springfield, even though the first concealed carry permits haven't been issued.
Some of the proposals would make it easier to get a permit, while others would expand the list of locations where people would be allowed to carry weapons. Others would tighten restrictions.
State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) wants to cut the number of required training hours in half for people who want a concealed carry permit.
But a chief sponsor of the original legislation says it's too early to tweak the law.
Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) says "everybody needs to take a deep breath.''
Concealed Carry permits are being approved by the Illinois State Police and could start being mailed soon. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about who will be carrying a gun and what kind of training the state requires before they’ll issue a permit. Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and concealed carry instructor John Boch join host Jim Meadows to start this hour on Focus. We’ll hear about how the application review process is working out in Champaign county and will hear what kind of training you can expect people with concealed carry permits to have.
Then, police departments and citizens who want a license to conceal and carry aren’t the only ones who’ve been getting ready for the new law. Private Security Consultant Tim Sutton says he’s been working with hospitals and churches addressing security concerns posed by the new law.
Did you apply for a conceal and carry license? Why do you want one? Now that conceal and carry is a reality in Illinois, do you feel safer or not? Give us a call this hour on Focus or find us on Facebook and Twitter @Focus580
It violates the American with Disabilities Act to discriminate against the visually impaired, even when it comes to gun ownership. The state of Illinois issues FOID cards, the documentation you need to legally own a gun in Illinois, and hunting licenses to the blind. So, even if you can’t see, or don’t see well, you can own a gun in Illinois, but should you be able to carry it in public?