Illinois enacts nation's final concealed-gun law
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:49:07 GMT —
Concealed carry is the law in Illinois.
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.
Officials expect 300-thousand people to apply in the first year.
Democratic State Senator John Sullivan voted for the override.
In a press release he said, "Concealed carry is not only the will of the people but now-thanks to this vote-the law of the land in Illinois. It has been a long journey but Illinois finally becomes the 50th state to allow concealed carry.â??
It's important to note ... even though concealed carry is law in Illinois, no one will be able to begin carrying weapons anytime soon.
Illinois State Police have roughly six months to prepare the application process.
Paperwork and background checks could take months to complete.
Applicants must complete certified classes, possess a valid FOID card, pay a $150 fee, and go through a thorough background check.
And just because it's legal - doesn't mean people can carry everywhere.
The current bill bans guns in businesses that make more than half of their profits on alcohol.
It also bans guns in schools, hospitals, government buildings, and parks.
Restricted areas could be added as additional legislation is processed.