Thursday, June 6, 2013 01:59 pm
GUNS ON HOLD
While the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill last week allowing concealed carry of firearms, don’t break out your holsters just yet. The bill still requires approval by Gov. Pat Quinn, who may veto it. Quinn currently has to act on the bill before a court-imposed deadline on June 9, but Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion with the federal court this week asking for a 30-day extension to July 9. That would give Quinn closer to the 60 calendar days allotted under the Illinois Constitution for the governor to consider a bill. If Quinn vetoes the bill, the legislature could override his veto, or the court could permanently strike down Illinois’ concealed carry ban, making Illinois a de facto concealed carry state. Regardless of what happens with the bill, some folks don’t believe the gun battle is over in Illinois. Don Moran, president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, posted a letter to ISRA members on the group’s website last week, saying, “There is no illusion that this legislative solution to the court order was arrived at in an atmosphere of trust.” Moran expects the legislative opponents of concealed carry to push for further restrictions making it impractical or costly. The bill requires private citizens who wish to carry a firearm to obtain a concealed carry permit from the Illinois State Police. Obtaining the permit would require in-depth training, a background check and a fee. Firearms would be banned from certain places like schools, and applicants with arrest records or histories of mental illness would be subject to increased scrutiny. For more details on the concealed carry bill, look up HB183 at www.ilga.gov.