ILLINOIS (WIFR) – Some lawmakers say Governor Pat Quinn is playing with fire the more he waits to to make his decision on concealed carry. A court ordered deadline for the legislation has been extended.
State leaders now have another month to some up with a law to allow us to carry a gun in public.
You may remember the legislature already passed the bill- it's sitting on the governor's desk right now.
The bill will require us to go through 16 hours of training for concealed carry as well as go through background checks. We'll have to do that in order to get a $150 Concealed Carry permit that has to be renewed every five years. Concealed carry will not be allowed in certain places, tough. Some of those places are parks, mass transit, schools, and bars. The law wouldn't invalidate any current gun bans in the state, but you will be able to carry you gun with you if you have your permit with you as well.
Some local representatives say the governor will likely make a decision before a June 19th special session in Springfield. That will give the legislature a chance to override a veto if that's what Quinn ultimately decides to do. If he doesn't there's a chance the state misses the new July 9th deadline. That would make Illinois an open-carry state. That means people can see the gun you're carrying and each individual municipality can make their own concealed carry law as long as they don't ban it altogether.
The special session later this month isn't panned for concealed carry talks- the governor is calling legislators back downstate to come up with a bill dealing with our state's pension problem.