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Illinois State Representative Phelps files concealed carry bill!

Posted by Knitebane

Representative Brandon Phelps (D-118) has filed HB997 in the Illinois General Assembly that would allow for shall-issue concealed carry.  Rep. Phelps is the representative for some of the most southern counties in Illinois, including Massac, Johnson and Pope counties.

The permit would allow a permit holder to (a) carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, "concealed or otherwise", on his or her person; (b) on his or her person in a motor vehicle; or (c) in a vehicle either openly or concealed while not on the person. Concealed is defined by the law to mean "completely or mostly concealed".

The requirements set forth in this bill are:

  • Age 21 or more
  • Valid FOID card if a resident
  • Not prohibited by either state or Federal law from possessing a firearm
  • Not under pending arrest warrant that would be a disqualifying offense
  • Not a chronic abuser of alcohol in prior 3 years as evidence by either (a) residential or court-ordered detox or treatment for alcohol abuse or (b) 2 or more DUIs.
  • Has completed approved training and education component

There is both a training and a shooting requirement but they are substantially in line with many other states.

The restrictions on carry would be:

  • Any building under control of the Illinois General Assembly including district offices. Members could carry concealed in their district offices.
  • Courthouses
  • Meeting places of local governments
  • Bars but not restaurants that merely serve alcohol
  • Airport secure areas
  • Area prohibited by Federal law
  • K-12 schools without consent
  • Child care facilities without consent
  • Casino
  • Gated areas of amusement parks
  • Stadiums and other sports venues
  • Colleges and universities without consent
  • Public libraries without consent
  • Police stations and sheriff's offices without consent
  • Prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities
  • Permit holder cannot be under the influence of alcohol while carrying

The bill provides for reciprocity with other states that recognize the Illinois permit and that have substantially similar requirements to that of Illinois.   So I'd get to visit family there.  Yay!

Businesses would be allowed to post against concealed carry and the bill does specify the posting requirements. Local governments and school boards may prohibit by a majority vote concealed carry in any building controlled by them. However, they cannot prohibit carry in public housing, rest stops, public right of ways, or parking facilities. State buildings under the control of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, or Treasures would be allowed to be posted against concealed carry.

The bill contains a very strong state preemption clause. It prohibits any home rule unit from regulating the possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms. The only exception is that local governments can post buildings owned by them against carry. In addition, no home rule unit can regulate the number of handguns owned or require the registration possessed by a person under the act. Violation of Section 95 brings a $10,000 per day per individual affected punitive fine.

There is a notification requirement so it's not perfect. Oh well.

If you live in Representative Phelps' district give him a call and thank him.  Rep. Phelps' district covers Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Johnson, Pope, Hamilton, Galladin, Hardin and White counties.

If you don't live in Representative Phelps' district give your State representative a call and insist that they vote in favor of HB997.  If you don't know who your state representative is (really?) you can find your state representative by calling the State Board of Elections Springfield office at 217/782-4141.

This is a very strong concealed carry law and it deserves to pass. In some ways it is a better concealed carry bill than what we have here in North Carolina.

Come on Illinois!  Join the rest of us in freedom!


H/T to John Richardson at  No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money