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Illinois Authorizes Concealed Carry

July 09, 2013  | 

Photo via Gov. Pat Quinn/Flickr.
Photo via Gov. Pat Quinn/Flickr.
Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry of handguns Tuesday, when lawmakers stopped a last-minute attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the bill.

Quinn attempted to use his veto authority to suggest changes to the bill such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting citizens to one firearm at a time, reports Fox News.

The new law allows residents of the state to obtain a permit for $150 as long as they have a Firearm Owner's Identification card, pass a background check, and complete 16 hours of gun-safety training.

The Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system for accepting applications. The agency expects 300,000 in the first year, a spokeswoman told Fox News.

The passage comes on the day of a federal appellate court deadline to overturn an unconstitutional concealed-carry ban.

Comments (19)

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Twyla Logan @ 7/9/2013 3:42 PM

Okay, Illinois.... be prepared to see serious crime against persons drop like a rock! There's nothing like the Russian Roulette of wondering which honest law-abiding citizen is packing to curb scumbags!

Chuck @ 7/9/2013 3:43 PM

Next on the list is Nazifornia and New Drag, oops i meant New York. All kidding aside at least these people will be able to save their o wn baacon should the need arise. Good luck citizens if Illinoise.

rod @ 7/9/2013 3:45 PM


Paul @ 7/9/2013 3:46 PM

A win for law abiding citizens. A win for America and the constitution.
Its a shame that the government has to be forced to enact laws to acknowledge constituionally protected rights

westcoastleo @ 7/9/2013 3:59 PM

For all you good citizens in the state of Illinois I commend you for pushing this bill through. Take the class. Do well. Be careful. Keep sharp with your shooting skills. Know the law. You have a right to protect yourself and your family.
I am and have been employed by a large county sheriff's department here on the west coast in southern California for 33.7 years. I believe everyone in the United States who is a citizen of our country and who is properly trained in firearms and who passes a FULL AND COMPLETE background check should be permitted to carry a concealed loaded firearm. I have no problem with it IF they do the right thing. I'm a member of the NRA and I do not conform with or believe the lies of the chiefs of police or sheriffs who do not believe in concealed carry permits.

Sgt Jeff @ 7/9/2013 4:10 PM

This story is not correct as zero citizens in Hawaii have CCW's - they are not issued by the Chiefs of Police, even retired PD had to file an action to get CCW upon retirement per federal law. So Hawaii is the last state that does not allow issuance of CCW's to citizens and does not recognize any other states CCW's. Way to go Illinois - look out street scum.

Rick @ 7/9/2013 4:19 PM

Sadly, the new law still has poll tax-like restrictions: high fee, 16 hrs of training, and already have a FOID (I don't know what that costs). At least in Chiraq, where are people going to get training and buy a gun? (Same problem in DC.) It is a step in the right direction, but the deck seems stacked against regular working people.

Boston @ 7/9/2013 5:45 PM

"Quinn attempted to use his veto authority to suggest changes to the bill such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting citizens to one firearm at a time." Hey Quinn have you looked at your states Crime Stats lately? What we don't need are politicians like you running a state or this country.

WebEdPaul @ 7/9/2013 5:56 PM

@Sgt Jeff Sorry to hear that. Sounds like de facto gun control in Hawaii. Technically, the law permits CC. Learn more here:

Mike @ 7/10/2013 4:28 AM

The citizens of Hawaii don’t need a CC permit when they have “Dog the Bounty Hunter” keeping their streets safe?

Greg @ 7/10/2013 5:56 AM

What a scummy politician (and the various lapdog Chiefs of Police licking his hand and nodding support of the Gov.) chicago is a warzone (like Detroit)...hope some of the gangbangers and "polar bear hunters" enjoy their surprises.

AJ @ 7/10/2013 6:55 AM

@Sgt Jeff: According to President Obama this article is correct since according to him Hawaii is in Asia....

Officerjason @ 7/10/2013 7:35 AM

+1 for the good guys.

tbow426 @ 7/10/2013 7:45 AM

I can look at the state of Illinois from where I live in Kentucky. Downstate Illinois has good people that hunt, fish and believe in the 2nd Amenment. The city-state of Chicago dictates to the rest of the state and the politicians rarely pay any attention outside Chicago. The state senators and reresenatives from the small areas beat the big city on this issue. Way to go!!!!!! My suggestion is to build a fence around Chicago and all the libs and Obama can live there and not bother the rest of us.

[email protected] @ 7/10/2013 10:42 AM

Good citizens of Illinois, WELL DONE! Now, your next step is to get rid of the person who claims to represent you, when in fact he dances to the obama band, funneling state money into Chicago instead of the entire state. And Rick, sixteen hours of training is an eye opening experiance and the things you lear could save your life. Trust me, we had that here before janet napolatano (sic) screwed things up. The info given out is priceless. Blues, Stay Safe.

Sgt. Mike @ 7/10/2013 10:07 PM

Excellent, It's about time.

t murphy @ 7/11/2013 5:25 AM

As a law enforcement officer in the city I am glad to see the ccw right extended to Illinois. I don't think it will have much effect on gun violence in Chicago. The gang bangers shoot at gang bangers and that is the cruxt of the gun violence.That will not change. Only on occasion do you see the 'innocent bystander syndrome'. It will definitely have an effect on robber so it is comforting to know that others will be able to defend themselves if and when necessary. The city is going to make those who want to carry jump through hoops to get a certificate and then pay through the nose when they do!

Troop @ 7/11/2013 1:54 PM


Jack Betz @ 7/24/2013 10:39 AM


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