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New 'shall issue' concealed carry compromise bill filed

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State Sen. Gary Forby
Photo by Seth Perlman/AP

**Updated with committee vote**

With Reporting from Zach Buchheit


The latest negotiated concealed-carry push surfaced in the Senate Executive Committee this morning, where the bill (House BIll 183) eked out by an 8-6 vote.

The majority of debate focused on the bill's provision that would preempt any local municipalities' laws relating to handguns. While local ordinances unrelated to handguns, like Chicago's ban on assault weapons, would not be affected, local laws that might ban handguns using more than 10 bullets, for example, would be moot under this bill.

"Because we have to have a law on the books, could you have not found a better way to balance the law so that it could benefit many of us who are in areas where local ordinances matter and need to stay intact?" implored Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood).

But the bill's sponsor, Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), said the part of the bill restricting home-rule communities like Chicago, more than 100 of which already have firearm laws on the books, was a deal worked out with the city of Chicago.

"Everybody agreed this is something nobody liked," he said. "Every side, no matter what side you're on...nobody wanted to go off the cliff."


A new concealed carry bill will be up in Senate Executive Committee this morning at 11:15, according to the Senate President's office. The bill is being carried by Sen. Gary Forby -- a Downstate gun rights advocate (D-Benton) in a showing of compromise. Lawmakers are racing against a June 9th deadline set by the courts, which struck down Illinois' concealed carry ban.

Here's a link to the newly-filed amendment: Click here

It has "shall issue" language -- that's language that gun rights advocates have insisted on.

Public transit: The bill bans carrying a concealed weapons on any public transit.

Liquor: It bans concealed carry in most bars -- or where 50 percent or more of revenues come from liquor sales.

Training: Requires 16 hours of training for the permit, including some time on the range.

**$150 application fee

**Banned - Schools, govt buildings, public transit, public parks, playgrounds, Cook County Forest Preserve District grounds, community colleges and universities, casinos and racetracks, amusement parks, zoos, stadiums/arenas

**Cannot carry while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

**Penalty - Class A misdemeanor for first or second violations, Class 4 felony for a third

**Concealed carry would also be banned from public gatherings, but permit-holders could carry through a gathering if necessary to get to work, their homes or vehicles.

**Local law enforcement may object to an applicant "based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety."

**Police must object if applicant has five or more arrests in last seven years or three or more gang-related arrests in last seven years
**Licensing Review Board considers any objections to an application
**Board consists of seven members appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate. Here's how that breaks down: 1 former federal judge (five years experience), 2 former federal attorneys (five years experience), 3 federal agents (5 years experience), one mental health expert (5 years experience).

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