Concealed Carry in Illinois?


It looks like “shall-issue” concealed carry will be the law of the land in Illinois.

Governor Quinn’s ridiculous amendatory veto was thankfully overridden.

Quinn’s amendatory veto included a provision that businesses and public places had to post signs allowing concealed firearms otherwise it would be illegal to carry in those locations.

The bill is far from perfect but it is a good start.

There is no permit reciprocity between Illinois and other states as of this writing so your Virginia concealed handgun permit is still not valid in Illinois.

Having the carry permit process be “shall issue” reduces the opportunity for the process to be riddled with “catch-22” style requirements that are specifically designed to deny the applicant of his or her rights.

The tough part for non-residents of Illinois will be finding an instructor who is Illinois certified.

It looks like Illinois will allow non-residents to apply by mail.

Non-residents of Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey trying to stay legal are often stopped by the silly in-person application and fingerprinting requirement to do the exact same NICS check done at your local gun shop. It is “feather bedding” in action.

In the meantime, celebrate this victory for your rights and Read the article from The Truth About Guns here.

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6 comments on “Concealed Carry in Illinois?
  1. Jayna Athas says:

    Great article!!


  2. Basharr says:

    I am glad the Veto was overridden, no governor should be so full of himself that he would think it is his right to take away likely the only protection a person may need when their life is on the line. Bottom line, people don’t have to like guns but it is the right of We The People to keep and bear arms. If a person is anti gun then so be it, it does not give them the right to take away the rights of those who are pro gun.


    • Amen to that!

      What made the veto so offensive was that as governor of Illinois, Quinn has a heavily armed security detail courtesy of the Illinois State Police yet wants to deny the same protection to citizens.


  3. bulletmen says:

    What’s next ? Flying bacon ?
    Never thought I’d live to see the day……..


  4. Jayna says:

    The way I see it, everyone in Chicago packs heat illegally, it’s about time everyone else is able to do the same. When the homicidal rate of Chicago is higher than Detroit Michigan, you know there’s an issue. Allow me my Constitutional right to carry and protect. As a woman, I’m glad to finally see my hometown making one of the wiser decisions it’s made for a very long time.


  5. It was only a matter of time before the people retook their right to carry a weapon to protect their lives. Sometimes it just takes a double flushing to get governments to understand the Bill of Rights is a further restriction on them.


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