Illinois is currently the only state in the nation that does not allow concealed carry by law, but that may change soon.

According to The Southern Illinoisan, State Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) introduced the Family and Personal Protection Act to the Illinois legislature on Tuesday to allow residents the right to carry concealed handguns. This comes not long after a federal appeals court declared the state’s ban unconstitutional.

“Since taking office, I have constantly stood up for Illinois citizens’ right to bear arms and this year will be no different,” Phelps said. “With this added pressure from December’s federal appellate court’s ruling, I think we are the closest we have ever been, and I remain focused on ending the practice of punishing law-abiding citizens by denying them their right to concealed carry.”

If passed, the bill will allow permits to be purchased for $25 that are good for five years before they have to be renewed. Any such licenses will be subject to background checks and requires the permit holder to be at least 21 years old as well as possessing proof of firearms training and a FOID card. Public places such as government buildings and schools will remain closed to concealed carry unless specific permission is granted.

Although Illinois stands out as the only state with a personal carry ban by law, many other states have no-issue jurisdictions “in practice.” New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii are examples of such states.

Image from David Trawin (trawin) on the flickr Creative Commons

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3 thoughts on “Illinois Concealed Carry Ban Challenged

  1. National Reciprocity in all 50 states with one license needs to be the the final goal. One should be able to protect themselves while traveling from state to state without having to worry about violating any laws; similar to your license to drive a vehicle allows. My Conceal Permit should be valid in all 50 states. If I have a right to protection afforded me by the constitution, them No State should have the right to deny that right if we are: The United States of America.

  2. 2 things I do not like about this Phelp’s Concealed Carry bill:
    The inclusion of reference and requiring the last 4 digits of the Social Security number on the application. They require a drivers license number or state ID, both of which require the social security number already. Back when I got my SS# it stated on the card that it was not to be used for an identification number right on the card. The subsequent changes fly in the face of what the original card was aimed at.

    The 2nd issue is tying the CC card to the unconstitutional FOID card. There is no reason to not keep them independent of each other. There should be no mention of the FOID in this bill. We are trying to get rid of the FOID while at the same time trying to get concealed carry. Why make concealed carry dependent upon having a FOID? These are our guys that included this in the bill. call them and ask them to remove these oversights.

  3. Complicating the issue is that on the 11th, Rep. David Reis introduced a very similar bill, HB0154. (Obviously his was the first and has garnered more co sponsors etc. at this time) Now folks are arguing about which is better, which should be supported by gun owners, which shouldn’t. ad nauseum. This confusing situation is not helping to gain support from the historically anti gun legislators, and in my opinion makes the pro concealed carry crowd look less unified, and more scattered. NOT helpful in the current climate.

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