A new concealed carry bill may be what brings pro and anti-gun groups together after a federal court ruled Illinois’ lack of a conceal carry law unconstitutional, according to State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg). "If I’m an anti-gun group, I would want something like House Bill 997 that has restrictions on where you can carry and can’t carry,” Phelps said.
Similar to last sessions conceal carry bill, the new bill requires a license and limits where a weapon can and cannot be carried. There are changes in the bill. “The permit fees a little bit lower, its $25 with this bill. I think (the fee in last session’s bill) was 75. Some of the training is different. The permits are going to be issued by the state police on this one. (In the previous bill) they were going to be issued by the sheriffs,” Phelps said.
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A federal court threw out Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons, meaning the legislature has to pass something this spring. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking for another hearing.