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Illinois Legislators To Consider Conceal Carry Law

March 3, 2011 by  

Illinois Legislators To Consider Conceal Carry LawLawmakers in Illinois are set to consider legislation that would allow citizens to carry concealed handguns. Currently, the Prairie State and Wisconsin are the only two States that don't have conceal carry laws.

According to, House Bill 148 — named the Family and Personal Protection Act — is expected to be introduced on March 8. It would allow county sheriffs to administer permits to individual citizens to carry concealed weapons.

Attorney Walter Maksym told the media outlet that Illinois is long overdue for a conceal carry law.

"Criminals don't follow the law and law-abiding citizens who follow the law should be able to protect themselves, their property and their family. So it's a question right now of the fact that a lot of citizens are disarmed and really sitting ducks for criminals," Maksym told the news provider.

According to CBS news affiliate WTHI, some Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are likely to support the legislation in an effort to garner support from rural voters. Supporters of the bill have also cited a Supreme Court decision last June in which Chicago's handgun ban was deemed unConstitutional.

Representatives from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) — an organization that advocates for the protections granted by the 2nd Amendment — is visiting Chicago this week to educate residents about the life-saving benefits of guns. Alan Gottlieb, the chairman of the CCRKBA, claims that up to 2.5 million lives are saved every year because of the right to keep and bear arms. 

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  • s c

    Go for it, Illinois. Either there’s still some common sense left in your state, or there’s a hidden agenda behind the move. You figure it out.
    For now, it should make criminals very nervous. It might even make “normal,” non-elected criminals nervous, too.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      SC I agree… Illinois has so many issues and so much corruption, that thinking there might be a hidden agenda is not really a stretch.

    • independant thinker

      While this is a step in the right direction it sounds like the local sheriffs will issue the permits at their discression instead of it being a “shall issue” permit. As long as it is a “may issue” permit based on the local sheriffs whim there will be many deserving people who will not be able to get a permit because the sheriff doesn’t want to issue them.

  • Rusty

    In case something happens I have a spare tire and jumper cables in my car. I have a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and even life jackets in my boat. I have a gun. I have nothing in my past to justify the need for any of the items listed. I hope I never need them. You may need mine. Every State needs the option.

  • Pat

    If you live in New Jersey, it’s practically impossible to get a ccp. The law might be on the books (I don’t know) but it is completely stonewalled. This state is so backward in so many things.

    • HerbM

      Correct. NJ is one of the very poor May Issue states. There is a NJ court case (on appeal I believe) now to remove the “good cause” requirement — or rather to make Self Defense an automatic good cause.

      8 states are may issue — 40 are essentially shall issue in that if you meet the requirements they MUST give you the license. 2 have no CHL (IL and WI) but WI allows for open carry. WI seems on the verge of enacting a (shall issue) concealed program.

      CA is odd in that in some counties it is virtually Shall Issue, in others May Issue, and in still others effectively NO Issue — depends on the Sheriff or Police Chief.

      HI used to effectively impossible (not just hard) but technically May Issue, but I haven’t kept up with current practice there.

      4 States (counted in the 40) require NO LICENSE (WY bill signed Thursday, effective July.)

  • dan

    Maybe Scott should bring the carry law up in the legislature in
    Wisconsin ,AGAIN….that’d bring those truant Dems /union tools
    out of the woodwork.

  • Raggs

    Raum emanuel will never go for it!

    • tim

      Yep, Rahm will try to shut it down just like that crook daley did

  • James

    Im beginning to wonder about this website: “protections granted by the 2nd Amendment,” c’mon! Show me where “granted” occurs in the 2nd Amendment. It’s restrictive clause simply states: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” And as to whom ‘shall not be infringed’ applies, read this:

    In United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542, 553 (1875), a mob of whites had disarmed two blacks (in Louisiana) and the issue was whether that action had violated the right of blacks to bear arms, and thus violated the Second Amendment. Mr. Chief Justice Waite said: “This is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed, but this, as has been seen, means no more than that it shall not be infringed by Congress. This is one of the amendments that has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government.”

    In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), that case was cited as a precedent (in footnote 23). I suggests the writers of these topics get their heads on straight. the right to bear arms existed before the federal government and the Bill of Rights existed.

    • Chris

      Very well said James… thank you…. and I agree

  • Bobby D

    I live in the western suburbs of Chicago and the only “agenda” I see is the simple right to self-defense. So far, right now, all we have is pepper spray which, in my OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, is inadequate without any other type of backup (i.e. blade, stick, rock) preferably a firearm to at least display to a would be criminal mugger or car-jacker.
    I am also an avid supporter of the CCRKBA, 2nd amendment foundation, NRA, NRA-ILA, NRA-PVF, ISRA, NAGR, etc, et al.

  • JimH

    Even If it gets through the Il. house & senate, Quinn will veto it. He’s part of the Chicago Dem Machine and they won’t allow him to sign it into law.
    The only way Il. will get coceal carry is if We secede from the great state of Chicago.

    • Mike88

      If Quinn refuses to sign this bill into law, then the voters as well as the state legislatures should enact a recall petition to recall Quinn and get him out of office as well as Rohm Emanual if he attempts to stop this Bill from being enacted. Neither of these men have any business in preventing the Illinois residents from being able to protect themselves with guns. Also the CCW law should be a Shall issue mandate to all of the County Sheriff’s not a may isssue because the County Sheriff’s are voted in by the people and should not have the option to deny a CCW license. Actually the citizens of Illinois or any other state should not even have to ask for a permit for a weapon or to openly carry a weapon, this gives the state the power or option to deny permission and they should not have this power or authority.

  • Larry Rogers

    you should be able to carry a gun if lisensed for it,and every state should have the same laws. Ask the states that had all there guns taken away what is happening,more robbing, homeinvasions,killings,the crooks can always get a gun. you can make all the laws you want but they are not followed.if you get cought with a gun without haveing a permit you should get 5 years instead of 1 year.Criminals dont care about 1 year but 5 years they will think dont see people that have the right to carrey,robbing,killing,and on and on. change the prizons like Arazona did and you might find you have less crime

    • HerbM

      You should not even require a license — a license to exercise a RIGHT is WRONG.

      The three states (July to be 4) that require no license have essentially zero problems from law abiding citizens and the criminals do what they wish anyway.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        what states are those??

  • Tulsajudoka

    To James & Chris
    Having been the victim of an armed robbery I can tell you this, the next time, he will be the one running from a bullet. Until you have stared death in the face like I did you have no right to tell me I don’t have the right to defend myself.

    • http://coloidsilver dale bennett

      being more afraid of my life that a law is good, self defence is a god given right , all people of the world have that right , they just dont use it ????

  • http://deleted Claire

    I hope Illinois goes for conceal and carry. We can have a gun in the glove compartment of our car but it cannot be loaded. If I needed to get my gun in a hurry, look at the time it would take me to get it loaded and defend myself. Quinn better get on the ball and do something good for Illinois for once. And Lisa Madigan needs to stop her crap about listing the names of all gun owners. Stupid woman.

    • jimster

      You can load your gun when you come into Missouri. Your car has the same status as your home. Don’t even need a permit (this was put into the law to discurage carjacking).

  • Brad

    I agree, Lisa Madigan your Stupid for even having such a Stupid thought! Chicago is a town of crooks, always has been & it always will be, it’s just that simple. I do believe that those of us living downstate of Chicago should seriously consider to secede from the great state of Chicago, no seriously I believe it’s time to split Illinois into two separate states Northern Illinois & Southern Illinois.

    • LYNN


    • Jim J

      The problem with your solution is that I live west of Chicago not south. Both of my representatives in Springfield support concealed carry, opposed the recent tax hike and generally do a good job of representing this area. My U.S. congressman is from much closer to Chicago than I am, and he only represents the views of Chicagoland politicians. There is a freshman congressman from west of me who lives much closer to me than my congressman does who’s views are much closer to mine. but because of the way the districts are drawn I don’t get him.The problem is not northern
      Illinois it is Chicago. Look at where Quinn got his votes from and you will see where the problem lies.The solution is to spread the power out over the rest of the state and take it away from the Chicago political machine. Or better yet let Chicago sink into Lake Michigan.

      • JimH

        JimJ, I know where Quinn got his votes from, but how do we shut down the Chicago cemetary vote?

  • Tony

    Now let’s publish the names of all FOID card holders..Smart move there, and she says in another article, “They everyday thugs don’t have the know-how to find legal law abiding gun owners, and besides we wont be publishing addresses” GET REAL.. has this woman ever heard of google? Most gun ownwers have thousands of dollars in guns and collections. Illinois will become a smorgasboard for criminals who want to target gun owners. This wonderful state is in total shambles and dissaray. What’s next??

    • LMinDesPlaines

      Tony, It’s not the people who own guns I’m worried about having their names published. It seems to me us non-gun owners are the real ones at risk. “There’s a nice house. Let’s see if LM owns a gun. No? Great, we’re good to go.”

      • Jim J

        Both will get targeted. I had a friend several years who had his home broken into and all of his firearms stolen. It happened sometime during the two weeks that he was gone on vacation. Whoever did it was after the weapons and knew that he was out of town. What keeps people safe is not knowing who is and is not armed. Stronger sentencing for criminals would help also, but they can make more money by making criminals out of people who are not hurting anyone and leaving those that need to be put away out on the streets. Or locking them up long enough to get some new ideas then releasing them.

  • Charles

    Good show and Illinios. >> GOOD FOR YOU!!!

  • Steve

    My house is 2 miles from the Mississippi River in Missouri. In my home state I am legal to have my gun loaded and in my car. Cross the River and I become a FELON. And believe me they will prosecute honest citizens in the People’s Republik of Illinois. Many of the police in IL also have the same feelings as the liberal dictatorship in IL that all gun owners are evil. Amazing that one county, Cook County, can control an entire stated.

    • JimH

      Steve, The cogressional districts in Il are set up by population. So many people they get a senator and rep. In theory it sounds fair. BUT, the population of Crook county has 50% of the states population. If you want to get anywhere in politics in Crook county you have to bow down to the Chicago Dem machine, so you have crooked one sided state govrnment. That is how one county controls the whole state.

  • J Swiss

    Good, it’s the least they could do for us, especially for once peaceful towns like Danville where they relocated over 10,000 of Chicago’s finest ghetto dregs into the area.

  • James

    The Illinois Constitution, Article I, Section 22, reads: “Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
    I would suggest citizens of that State write their state officials and remind them of that. Also, In McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court extended the ‘liberty’ of 14th Amendment, just as it did in D.C. v. Heller (2008), concerning handguns, to apply to Illinois law. The problem is, court decisions don’t enforce themselves, people have to do it.

  • bruce

    cook county is full of welfare parasites who the community organizer buses them to vote twice.people on the dole should not have the vote just like criminals can not vote.


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