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7:31 am
Tue October 1, 2013

IL State Police OK's Concealed-Carry Training

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Illinois State Police has posted on its website a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula. The list has all skills required by the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

It includes firearm safety; basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm and transportation of a firearm.

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6:03 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Illinois Pushes to Block Hastened Concealed-Carry

Illinois is amplifying its argument that a federal judge reject a legal push by gun-rights advocates to immediately start carrying firearms publicly, rather than waiting months under the state's new concealed carry law.

The law that passed July 9 gives Illinois State Police six months to set up a concealed-carry program before accepting applications. Police then have 90 days to process the forms.

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3:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Ill. Senator Wants Handguns Banned from Churches

An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed in new state law.

Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski said he doesn't agree with a provision in the state's new concealed-carry law that allows guns in churches, temples or mosques. He filed an amendment to the law Monday and said he'll push for its approval.

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4:11 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Quinn: Concealed Carry Decision is 'Imminent'

Gov. Pat Quinn says a decision is “imminent” on whether he’ll sign a concealed carry bill.

Illinois faces a July 9 deadline to legalize carry of weapons after a federal appeals court found Illinois' ban unconstitutional. Quinn has given few hints about what he'll do.

Quinn could veto the measure which outlines who can carry.

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12:36 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Madigan Seeks to Delay Ill. Gun Plan a Second Time

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court's order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.

Madigan already got one extension — until June 24 — to challenge the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said a ban on concealed firearms is unconstitutional. Now she wants until July 24.

Madigan filed the request late Friday.

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2:47 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Court Gives IL More Time for Concealed Carry Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has given Illinois' attorney general more time to decide whether to appeal their ruling that the state's ban on the public possession of firearms is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan now has until June 24 to ask the high court to hear the case.

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7:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Concealed Carry Measure Fails in Illinois House

The Illinois House has defeated a proposal allowing the carrying of concealed guns in public.   

The vote was 64-45 in favor of the bill. But it fell short of the needed 71 votes. A supermajority was necessary because the law would pre-empt the home-rule powers of several cities.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps would have required authorities to issue concealed-carry permits to anyone who passed background checks. Phelps used a legislative procedure that will allow him to recall the bill later for another vote.

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7:27 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Illinois House Erupts Over 'May Issue' Gun Bill

The difficulty over how lawmakers will craft a law allowing public possession of guns in Illinois has been clearly demonstrated on the House floor.

After being goaded by a Democrat, a pro-gun Republican got upset during a debate yesterday on legislation that would let local law enforcement officials decide who gets a permit to carry concealed weapons.

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7:57 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Madigan: Supreme Court Pass on Guns Ripples in Illinois

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay out of the gun debate in New York will influence Illinois' concealed carry discussions.

The justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

In Illinois, lawmakers are crafting guidelines for concealed carry after a federal appeals court said Illinois' ban was unconstitutional. It's the only state with a concealed carry ban nationwide. Lawmakers have until early June.

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9:09 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Illinois House Adds Phelps Fun-Carry Bill as Amendment

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The Illinois House completed seven hours of debate on the contentious issue of public gun possession by adopting a comprehensive plan long pushed by advocates.

The vote in favor of Representative Brandon Phelps' amendment doesn't mean concealed-carry got House approval. Phelps’ plan was one of a dozen amendments to a concealed-carry bill a federal court says Illinois must adopt by June. 

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