Illinois moves forward with what looks to be the most restrictive concealed handgun law in the country
Under the legislation, licensees would be barred from carrying weapons into nearly all government buildings, including schools and universities, as well as prisons, mental hospitals and amusement parks. Bars, taverns, sports stadiums and casinos also would be listed as no-gun zones.The bans are much broader than the list would first appear from the list in the newspapers. Bans not only encompass these places, but often include phrases such as "close proximity" or nearby or adjacent property or parking lots. As one member of the state House correctly noted:
Business owners also would get to choose whether to allow concealed weapons on their premises. . . .
"When they get done with this, you won't be able to carry anywhere," said Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, expressing a frustration among many gun rights advocates as they watched restrictions get piled on. . . .