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.