Extension granted on concealed carry mandate

By WEEK Reporter

Extension granted on concealed carry mandate

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, IL.. -- The Federal Appellate Court has granted Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request for a 30 day extension on its concealed carry mandate.

The ruling gives Governor Pat Quinn until July 9th to review and sign the bill that lawmakers passed last week.

That bill would grants a concealed carry license to qualified applicants but does not repeal local public safety ordinances including Chicago's assault weapons ban.

To qualify, an applicant must:

• Have a valid Firearm Owners Identification card
• Be at least 21 years old
• Complete the required 16 hours of firearms training
• Not have any convictions for violent misdemeanors in the past five years
• Not have two or more DUI convictions in the past five years

Also required with the application is a fingerprint and background check conducted by the state police, who must approve or deny the application within 90 days. The cost of a concealed-carry license is $150, and the licenses are valid for five years.

While HB 183 gives a person the right to carry a concealed handgun, there are restrictions as to where a gun may be carried. These include:

• Schools
• Preschools and day-care centers
• Playgrounds
• Parks (except bike paths or trails)
• Cook County Forest Preserve
• Colleges and universities
• Government buildings
• Correctional facilities
• Medical facilities
• Public transportation
• Public gatherings (although a licensee may pass through to reach their home, workplace or vehicle)
• Bars, casinos and race tracks
• Libraries, museums, zoos and amusement parks
• Stadiums
• Special events where alcohol is served
• Places prohibited by federal law

In addition, any private property owner may restrict carrying concealed weapons on his or her property but must post a sign saying so. Homeowners are not required to post such signage, however. Carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol also is prohibited.

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