People in Illinois could be carrying guns in public, legally, as early as next week. The Illinois State Police have put the final touches on the new concealed carry system and will likely have the first round of permits in the mail this weekend. Residents were allowed to start applying for the permits in early January.
Democratic State Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg say State Police were very proactive in rolling out the new concealed carry system, and he's just thankful to see it all unfold. As a reminder, the permit holders will not be allowed to carry the guns in places like schools, courthouses, bars, and businesses that have a “No Guns Allowed” sign up in their entryway. But, they will be allowed to lock the gun in their car when they have to go inside a gun-free-zone.
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