Used with the permission of Illinois Carry
Supporters of concealed carry at Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day 2012. This is an annual event where supporters meet in Springfield to lobby their representatives.
Used with the permission of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Gov. Pat Quinn is presented with an award from Patrick D. Thompson, board chairman for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.
A map of Illinois showing the counties that voted to approve concealed carry on Nov. 6.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Ann Claire Williams and Judge Richard Posner question the defense lawyer in the cases of Moore vs. Madigan and Shepard vs. Madigan. Both lawsuits allege that the right to carry is supported by the Second Amendment.
Related LinksClick here to read an abstract from the study The Impact of Right-to-Carry Laws and the National Research Council Report
Utah and others make conceal carry permits available to non-Utah residents
In Utah, it’s legal to carry a concealed firearm as long as you have the permit, and these permits also entitle you to carry in more than 30 other states. They can also be issued to non-residents from remote locations. Other states have similar reciprocity laws.
“I have a right-to-carry license from the state of Florida, and it’s recognized in 32 other states,” said Valinda Rowe, spokeswoman for Illinois Carry.
“When I’m in those states, I have the right to legally carry a firearm on my person or in my vehicle to protect myself. But when I come home to Illinois, that firearm has to be unloaded, enclosed in a case, and in Chicago, it also has to be inaccessible.”
Colleen Daley, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, said these permits create a burden for law enforcement because there is no federal database of card holders. She also said the permits are not standardized in appearance, making them easier to counterfeit, and because some states don’t issue a physical permit.
“We think these are offensive and not safe,” said Daley.
On Friday 10 attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate objecting to National Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation. This would force Illinois to acknowledge permits from other states and allow an out-of-state gun owner the right to concealed carry while in Illinois despite the state law.
Opponents say the proposed federal law infringes upon states’ rights, while supporters say it is supported by the Second Amendment.