concealed carry http://wuis.org en Majority Feel Less Safe Since Concealed Carry Law http://wuis.org/post/majority-feel-less-safe-concealed-carry-law <p>As Illinois gun owners increasingly are allowed to carry their firearms as they go about their daily lives -- a new poll shows half of Illinois voters feel less safe. Qualifying gun-owners began receiving their licenses to carry loaded firearms earlier this month.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:11:37 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20573 at http://wuis.org Gun Rights Activists Rally For Fewer Gun-Free Zones http://wuis.org/post/gun-rights-activists-rally-fewer-gun-free-zones <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gun rights activists from across Illinois were in Springfield Wednesday, asking lawmakers to ease restrictions on where they're allowed to carry concealed weapons.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:57:21 +0000 Hannah Meisel 20286 at http://wuis.org Gun Rights Activists Rally For Fewer Gun-Free Zones Illinois Lawmakers Want To Tweak Concealed Carry Law http://wuis.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-want-tweak-concealed-carry-law <p>Illinois lawmakers are considering amending the state's new concealed carry legislation.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1eqxFX7 ) a series of changes are already being introduced in Springfield, even though the first concealed carry permits haven't been issued.<br />&nbsp;<br />Some of the proposals would make it easier to get a permit, while others would<br />expand the list of locations where people would be allowed to carry weapons.<br />Others would tighten restrictions.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:06:48 +0000 Associated Press 18834 at http://wuis.org Illinois Lawmakers Want To Tweak Concealed Carry Law 11,000 Apply For Concealed Carry Permits So Far http://wuis.org/post/11000-apply-concealed-carry-permits-so-far <p>The online application system to apply for permits was officially launched in Illinois on Sunday. On Monday, Illinois State Police said they had received 4,525 applications for concealed carry permits were received within 24 hours. The other 6,500 applications came from firearms instructors who the state let apply early for permits to help test the functionality of the online application system. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:37:44 +0000 Associated Press 16397 at http://wuis.org 11,000 Apply For Concealed Carry Permits So Far Police Concerned About Concealed Carry http://wuis.org/post/police-concerned-about-concealed-carry <p>Illinoisans can start applying for permits to carry concealed guns later this week.&nbsp; And some cops are already worried about the new law.</p><p>"They don’t know how this will all roll out, and they’re worried about every one of their normal encounters - whether it be a domestic disturbance call, a traffic stop - uh, now potentially having additional weapons," said Colonel Marc Maton of the Illinois State Police.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:21:25 +0000 Alex Keefe 15972 at http://wuis.org Police Concerned About Concealed Carry Sangamon Co. Sheriff's Office To Help With Concealed Carry Applications http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-co-sheriffs-office-help-concealed-carry-applications <p>A central Illinois sheriff is offering to help residents apply online for concealed-carry firearms permits. &nbsp;<br />The Sangamon County sheriff's office said Monday that, beginning Jan. 6, residents can use a computer in the department's records lobby. The department also will provide technical assistance.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:30:22 +0000 Associated Press 15600 at http://wuis.org Sangamon Co. Sheriff's Office To Help With Concealed Carry Applications Listen To State Week - December 20, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-december-20-2013 <p></p><p>This week's topics include Governor Quinn's agreement with AFSCME on how to cull Medicaid rolls, a change to how the state will accept concealed carry applications, and Archer Daniel Midland's decision to keep its corporate HQ in Illinois.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:33:21 +0000 Bob Meyer 15448 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - December 20, 2013 NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications http://wuis.org/post/nra-protests-digital-only-concealed-carry-applications <p></p><p>A new Illinois State Police<a href="https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx"> website</a> launched today (12/12/13) lays out what gun-owners need to do if they want to carry a gun in public. A prominent gun-rights group is not satisfied.</p><p></p><p>The state police will begin accepting applications for concealed carry permits on Jan. 5. Anyone looking to save time can get started now.&nbsp; There’s an online checklist that explains where gun-owners who want to speed up processing can go for fingerprinting.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:38:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14908 at http://wuis.org NRA Protests Digital Only Concealed Carry Applications Mandatory Prison For Gun Crimes? NRA Says No http://wuis.org/post/mandatory-prison-gun-crimes-nra-says-no <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next week, Illinois lawmakers could consider mandatory prison sentences for people charged with illegal gun possession. Supporters say it would help reduce violent crime in places like Chicago and East St. Louis. But a prominent gun-rights group is opposed to the change.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In places where shootings are a big problem, some politicians and prosecutors want a three-year minimum sentence for gun crimes.</span></p><p>But the National Rifle Association worries lawful gun owners could be caught up under the proposal.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:55:43 +0000 Brian Mackey 10873 at http://wuis.org Mandatory Prison For Gun Crimes? NRA Says No Concealed Carry Instructor Guidelines Now Available Online http://wuis.org/post/concealed-carry-instructor-guidelines-now-available-online <p>The Illinois State Police has <a href="http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw">posted on its website</a> a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula.</p><p>The list has all skills required by the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.&nbsp; It includes firearm safety; basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; transportation of a firearm. It also includes instruction on the appropriate and lawful Interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:27:45 +0000 Associated Press 10009 at http://wuis.org Concealed Carry Instructor Guidelines Now Available Online Gun Permit Numbers Update http://wuis.org/post/gun-permit-numbers-update <p></p><p>The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons.</p><p>The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:19:14 +0000 Associated Press 9926 at http://wuis.org Gun Permit Numbers Update Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Gun Conviction, Keeps Ban For Minors http://wuis.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-overturns-gun-conviction-keeps-ban-minors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' old law banning the concealed carry of firearms took another hit Thursday. A federal court already found it unconstitutional last year. Now the Illinois Supreme Court has taken the same position.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alberto Aguilar was 17 when Chicago police arrested him for having a loaded handgun with the serial number scratched off.</span></p><p>He was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and sentenced to 24 months probation.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:03:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 8776 at http://wuis.org Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Gun Conviction, Keeps Ban For Minors Court Sets Arguments In Ill. Concealed Carry Case http://wuis.org/post/court-sets-arguments-ill-concealed-carry-case <p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:36:39 +0000 Associated Press 7876 at http://wuis.org Court Sets Arguments In Ill. Concealed Carry Case Police Trainers Prepare For Concealed Carry http://wuis.org/post/police-trainers-prepare-concealed-carry <p>The arrival of concealed carry in Illinois will mean a big change not only for gun-owning citizens, but police officers as well.</p><p>As Brian Mackey reports, the state board that oversees police training is already preparing for the change.</p><p>Police in Illinois are already trained on how to approach someone with a gun. Since that person was likely breaking the law, safety and caution were the watchwords. But how does that calculus change when citizens are able to carry legally?</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:33:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 7139 at http://wuis.org Police Trainers Prepare For Concealed Carry Judge Tosses Bid For Immediate Concealed Carry http://wuis.org/post/judge-tosses-bid-immediate-concealed-carry <p></p><p>A federal judge is rejecting a legal bid by gun-rights advocates who wanted people to be able to immediately carry firearms in Illinois under the state's new concealed carry law.</p><p>East St. Louis U.S. District Judge William Stiehl threw out the lawsuit filed&nbsp;by Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association, siding with the state and saying the legal action is moot.</p><p>Shepard and the rifle group had argued it was unconstitutional to make people&nbsp;wait for the permit process to be outlined under the new concealed carry law&nbsp;that lawmakers passed July 9.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:15:13 +0000 Associated Press 6446 at http://wuis.org Judge Tosses Bid For Immediate Concealed Carry LRS Awarded Background Check System Contracts http://wuis.org/post/lrs-awarded-background-check-system-contracts <p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:55:36 +0000 Associated Press 6204 at http://wuis.org LRS Awarded Background Check System Contracts Some Municipalities Race To Pass Gun Bans As Deadline Looms http://wuis.org/post/some-municipalities-race-pass-gun-bans-deadline-looms <p></p><p>It could be months before law-abiding gun owners can get a permit to carry a handgun in public.&nbsp; But a separate provision of Illinois’ new concealed carry law has already taken effect.&nbsp;</p><p>Beginning July 19, communities lose the ability to enact local restrictions on firearms. &nbsp;Those ordinances that are already in place will remain valid, while any future controls would have to be approved by the legislature.</p><p>WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky&nbsp;gives the local gun control issue some historical context in this report:</p><p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:30:19 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5983 at http://wuis.org Some Municipalities Race To Pass Gun Bans As Deadline Looms Gun Group Demands Concealed Carry By Next Week http://wuis.org/post/gun-group-demands-concealed-carry-next-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court's deadline to pass a concealed carry law by Tuesday.&nbsp; But the Illinois State Rifle Association says that's not good enough.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rifle Association believes lawmakers did not meet their deadline because the state's ban on carrying guns outside the home remains in effect.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:25:38 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5539 at http://wuis.org Gun Group Demands Concealed Carry By Next Week Pension Deadline Missed, Quinn Warns Consequences http://wuis.org/post/pension-deadline-missed-quinn-warns-consequences <p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5489 at http://wuis.org Pension Deadline Missed, Quinn Warns Consequences Quinn Plans Concealed Carry "Showdown" http://wuis.org/post/quinn-plans-concealed-carry-showdown <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready for a ``showdown'' in Springfield over concealed carry legislation. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat has spent days making appearances talking up his sweeping changes to a bill that'd make Illinois the last state to allow concealed weapons. &nbsp;<br>But lawmakers are expected to override Quinn's changes when they meet Tuesday in Springfield. The bill's sponsor, among others, says the original measure came out of months of negotiations. &nbsp;<br>Quinn wouldn't say if he has the votes, but says he's working on it. He says the bill was influenced heavily by the National Rifle Association.&nbsp; Mon, 08 Jul 2013 22:43:40 +0000 Sean Crawford 5422 at http://wuis.org Quinn Plans Concealed Carry "Showdown" Quinn Goes To Wrigley Field To Sell Concealed Carry Stance http://wuis.org/post/quinn-goes-wrigley-field-sell-concealed-carry-stance <p>Governor Pat Quinn took his anti-gun message to the streets Friday. He spoke with reporters outside Wrigley Field in Chicago.<br>People come to Wrigleyville to watch the Chicago Cubs. Many of them also come to drink.<br>The neighborhood is home to many bars, and Quinn used that to highlight a change he's demanding in concealed-carry legislation.<br>As originally passed by the House and Senate, guns would only be banned at businesses that get more than half their revenue from selling alcohol -- basically, that means bars. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:17:13 +0000 Brian Mackey 5289 at http://wuis.org Quinn Rewrites Gun Bill; Critics Question Motive http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rewrites-gun-bill-critics-question-motive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a week to go before a deadline requiring Illinois allow people to carry guns in public, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn today vetoed the legislation that would have authorized concealed carry.&nbsp; The Democrat claims he's concerned about public safety, but he's already under fire by critics who say it's a political stunt. The measure's sponsor has already filed paperwork to override Quinn's changes.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5151 at http://wuis.org Quinn Rewrites Gun Bill; Critics Question Motive Lawmakers Will Address Concealed Carry Next Week http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-will-address-concealed-carry-next-week <p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:38:01 +0000 Associated Press 5148 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Will Address Concealed Carry Next Week Governor Changes Concealed Carry Measure http://wuis.org/post/governor-changes-concealed-carry-measure <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to change concealed carry legislation because it has ``serious flaws'' and was inspired by the National Rifle Association. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat held a news conference in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to announce that he's using his amendatory veto power to add ammunition limits, bar guns in establishments serving alcohol and says local governments should be able to enact their own local laws in some cases. &nbsp; Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:30:04 +0000 Sean Crawford 5131 at http://wuis.org Governor Changes Concealed Carry Measure Rep. Phelps: Quinn To Rewrite Concealed Carry Bill http://wuis.org/post/rep-phelps-quinn-rewrite-concealed-carry-bill <p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:25:22 +0000 Associated Press 5122 at http://wuis.org Rep. Phelps: Quinn To Rewrite Concealed Carry Bill Quinn Says Conceal Carry Action "Imminent" http://wuis.org/post/quinn-says-conceal-carry-action-imminent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois is quickly approaching a federal court's deadline of July 9 for the state to have a concealed carry law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every other state has some type of law that lets an average person carry a gun in public.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But not Illinois where only those in certain professions can - namely police, retired law enforcement and security guards on the job.</span></p><p>Illinois is under a court order to lift that ban.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5093 at http://wuis.org Quinn Says Conceal Carry Action "Imminent" Quinn To Act "Very Shortly" On Concealed Carry http://wuis.org/post/quinn-act-very-shortly-concealed-carry <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll make a decision on whether to sign a concealed carry bill ``very shortly.'' &nbsp;<br>Illinois faces a July 9 deadline to legalize carry of weapons after a federal appeals court found Illinois' ban unconstitutional. But Quinn has given few hints about what he'll do, even after lawmakers asked him to make a decision quickly to they can plan next steps. &nbsp;<br>Quinn could veto the measure which outlines who can carry. Quinn declined to give details Monday after signing a school safety bill. He says a decision is ``imminent.'' &nbsp; Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:12:04 +0000 Sean Crawford 5090 at http://wuis.org Quinn To Act "Very Shortly" On Concealed Carry Concealed Carry Permit Board Not Subject To FOIA, Open Meetings http://wuis.org/post/concealed-carry-permit-board-not-subject-foia-open-meetings <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing a measure that would lift Illinois' long-standing concealed carry ban. It took legislators months to reach a compromise, and still gun control and gun rights activists both say they're not happy.&nbsp;&nbsp; Other critics say they're upset about a lack of government transparency.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:41:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4388 at http://wuis.org Concealed Carry Permit Board Not Subject To FOIA, Open Meetings Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session http://wuis.org/post/brauer-predicts-nothing-special-special-session <p>What will the special legislative session next week accomplish?</p><p>"Nothing," says Rep. Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg).&nbsp; Brauer was a guest on WUIS' Illinois Edition Thursday.&nbsp; He talks pensions, concealed carry, same sex marriage and the state budget:</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 4221 at http://wuis.org Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left http://wuis.org/post/full-legislative-agenda-only-five-days-left <p></p><p>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. Legislators have a lot of work ahead of them. &nbsp;The House adjourns on Memorial Day at noon; the Senate convenes at 4 p.m.</p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 01:13:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3285 at http://wuis.org A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left