Illinois Now A Concealed Carry State As Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto


The Illinois House of Representatives has blocked Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s attempt at effectively vetoing a bill providing for the issuing of concealed carry permits, making the State the last in the U.S. to allow its residents to concealed carry a loaded firearm.

The override came on the last day of a court-mandated timeline to change the law, following a Federal appeals court’s earlier ruling that found the State’s longstanding ban on concealed carry unConstitutional.

Quinn had sought to eviscerate the bill by means of an amendatory veto process, but was roundly defeated Tuesday on a vote in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. Even fellow Democrats accused the Governor of pandering to his liberal voter base in defiance of a court order.

“I think he needs to learn how to count,” Senator Mike Jacobs, a Democrat, told the Chicago Tribune. “Anyone who doesn’t understand that we’re going to run this bill over his objections doesn’t understand government.”

The 2nd Amendment victory still leaves Illinois far from leading the States in upholding citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms. The law requires motorists to immediately inform police at a traffic stop if they’re carrying a concealed weapon, and the $150 concealed carry permits will have to be renewed every five years. There’s no reciprocity provision for visitors from other concealed carry States.

But the override is, according to 2nd Amendment blog The Truth About Guns, “a huge step forward, particularly for the downstate population who’s chafed under the iron-fisted control of Chicago for decades.”

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  • tod

    Watch how fast their crime rate goes down !!!

  • gregsmom

    Until they enact reciprocity, I will still avoid going through Illinois or spending one dime there.

    • Ryan

      +1 to this ^^^

    • jenelle

      Too bad for the businesses who just can’t up and move to another state (none are really free) whether they wish to or not. Most of Illinois is rural and has nothing to do with Chicago.

  • Alan

    Looks like the criminal element in Illinois has an entirely new worry on their hands. No more easy targets.

    • jenelle

      They have at least another six months as no one can apply for their $150.00 permits until then. Applicants must undergo 16 hours are training (more than ant other state) which will take time and money.

  • JimH

    As an Illinois resident, I’ll believe it when I am holding one in my hand.

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    Tod – It will take months if not a year or more for a resident to get a
    permit. Background checks which will be running very slow, required training
    which will be booked for months in advance at the few places offering it,
    processing of application after training completed which will be delayed as the
    department in charge starts running behind schedule. For example, currently in
    FL the issuing of a CCP is taking 12 weeks minimum because the very small
    department in charge of issuing the CCP after all training & paperwork is
    completed is “overwhelmed” with applications. So don’t look for any drop in
    crime anytime soon as we are sure the process will get bogged down quickly in
    bureaucratic red tape. Not going to be like PA where we got our License to Carry
    (both CC & open carry allowed) within 15 minutes of completing application

  • Walt wenger

    Here in New York State — upstate farming country – it takes about 6 – 8 months and costs near $200.00 to get a CCP. That is normal. And in some jurisdictions, where the judge doesn’t like CCPs, you simply will be denied after having paid a good part of the fees.

    • VtVet57

      That’s sad because just across the border in VT A CCW is not required.

  • dadwasright

    I won’t be holding my breath. He isn’t done screwing us yet or ever. Then of course we have the foaming at the mouth, boot licking, ass kissing chicago mayor who along with his buddies would rather see us all dead first !

    • jenelle

      …and the application process doesn’t have to be in place for six months.

  • Blank Reg

    “Anyone who doesn’t understand that we’re going to run this bill over his objections doesn’t understand government.”

    And I say that anyone who doesn’t understand that the GUN is always the final argument, doesn’t understand government.

  • Ranchman

    No reciprocity, “may” issue, and other tyrannical measures will STILL make Illinois one of the worst, totalitarian minded states concerning 2A and our other rights. There’s so much work to do to restore this Republic, it’s mind numbing trying to figure out where to start. How far will Patriots have to go? That’s the question we need to be asking ourselves. There’s a lot of unconstitutional crap headed our way. We haven’t even seen the beginning of it yet.

  • Alan

    Anyone who values his or her life and doesnt carry a firearm in Chicago is out of his mind. The murder rate there suggests those people are animals.

    • jenelle

      Do you know anyone who lives in Chicago or who has lived there for any significant period of time?

      • Alan

        No but I can read a newspaper and crime statistics.

        • jenelle

          Looking at the highest overall crime rate cities and the highest gun crime cities, Chicago is not in the top ten in either category. That being said, I do believe people should be able to protect themselves with weapons such as guns.

  • dan

    Chicago makes the middle-east look safe….and sane

  • Paul Christensen

    New slogan for Chicago-“Where every day is Valentine’s Day!”

  • BHR

    It is nice to see some legislators have common sense.