Movement in Illinois on Concealed Carry
An Illinois House committee approved amendments on a proposal to legalize the concealed carrying of guns.
The new version expands the places where firearms would still be banned.
The list includes libraries, police stations, schools, sporting events, bars, and restaurants where alcohol represents the bulk of sales.
Chiefs of police from around the state met Wednesday night in Springfield with state leaders of the National Rifle Association.
A source said that weeks of negotiations between the police chiefs and the Illinois State Rifle Association had achieved a "hand shake agreement." Wednesday's meeting was to determine whether this "agreement in principle" could be reduced to writing, with detailed language acceptable to both sides.
Sources said the compromise includes concessions by the NRA on eight different issues. Among them: any concealed carry permit would have an expiration date. To renew it, permit holders would have to re-certify their gun safety skills. Also, any permit holder stopped by law enforcers would have a "duty to inform" immediately if they carried a firearm.
Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states where it is illegal in virtually all instances for private citizens to conceal that they're carrying a firearm. . . .