Illinois now has a concealed carry law on the books, but don't plan to carry your concealed weapon just yet. Illinois State Police have 6 months to put in place a statewide registration and training process for applicants, and then once it begins taking applications, it could be another 90 days for the license to be issued. So most people won't be able to carry their concealed weapon until March of 2014.
While it's not the best law, Republican State Senator Sam McCann of Carlinville is glad there is something finally in place:
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The new law allows people to carry more than one gun at a time. They can also carry in restaurants and other public places that sell alcohol, so long as the place doesn’t make more than half its money on alcohol sales. Governor Quinn wanted those provisions taken out of the bill, along with several others, but lawmakers defeated his changes. Illinois is the last state in the nation to allow people to carry a gun in public.