Illinois Enacts Nation's Final Concealed-Gun Law

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Places where concealed weapons will remain banned:

Business, transportation, environment:

  • Bars and restaurants where more than half of revenue comes from alcohol sales
  • Airports
  • Gambling facilities
  • Amusement parks
  • Stadiums/arenas
  • Public transportation
  • Private businesses that have chosen to prohibit firearms
  • Public parks, athletic areas, or athletic facilities under the control of a municipality or park district.


  • Government buildings
  • Courts
  • Local government meetings
  • Public libraries
  • Municipal buildings
  • Police stations
  • Correctional/detention facilities
  • Polling places on Election Day
  • Nuclear Facilities

Education and Health:

  • Schools
  • Child care facilities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals and mental health facilities
  • Zoos or museums



UPDATE-- Illinois has become the final state in the nation to allow the public possession of concealed guns, just ahead of a federal appeals court's deadline.

The state Senate voted 41-17 Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the concealed carry legislation lawmakers sent him. The House took the same action earlier in the day.

The Chicago Democrat's amendatory veto suggested changes to the delicately negotiated initiative -- changes that anti-violence activists embraced.

Quinn wanted guns banned from any establishment that serves alcohol and wanted to limit gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.

Senate President John Cullerton says Quinn's recommendations might be addressed in later legislation.

The Illinois State Police must be ready to accept applications in six months. Officials expect 300,000 to apply in the first year.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.

If the Senate approves later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.

The House voted 77-31 to override the Democratic governor's amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.

Lawmakers sent Quinn a bill in May setting up a concealed carry system in response to a federal appeals court ruling which declared it unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed weapons.

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