concealed carry

A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules this week.

It's been nearly a month since Illinois State Police began sending out concealed-carry permits. Thousands of applicants have been approved. But some have also been denied.

Majority Feel Less Safe Since Concealed Carry Law

Mar 11, 2014
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

As Illinois gun owners increasingly are allowed to carry their firearms as they go about their daily lives -- a new poll shows half of Illinois voters feel less safe. Qualifying gun-owners began receiving their licenses to carry loaded firearms earlier this month.

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Illinois gun owners can soon carry their weapons in public.  Illinois State Police officials say they are mailing out the first concealed carry permits to gun owners who applied.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The state of Illinois has taken another step toward regulating who may get a concealed-carry permit. The Department of Human Services has created an on-line database for mental health professionals to report people who pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

Illinois State Police

Illinois residents can soon start applying to carry concealed weapons.

Illinois was the last state in the country to adopt a concealed carry law. And that’s only because a federal court mandated the state legislature to allow it. Most applicants can sign up starting Jan. 5th.

But those hoping to be firearms instructors - like Richard Pearson with the Illinois State Rifle Association - have already started testing the system.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There are now 54 concealed carry instructors approved by the Illinois State Police. Anyone who wants to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon has to put in sixteen hours in the classroom and shooting range with an official instructor.                 


NIU Board Approves Firearm Policy

Aug 30, 2013
NIU

NIU's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to adopt a university-wide concealed carry policy. It keeps the existing practice of prohibiting guns on campus.

The policy also outlines places where firearms can be stored. The primary place for a weapon is in a parked vehicle within a locked case out of plain view in an unrestricted parking lot. Firearms may also be stored with the NIU police department.

NIU Will Ban Concealed Weapons On Campus

Aug 21, 2013
NIU

Over the summer, Illinois became the last state to allow properly licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons. But NIU officials say that, even if their students or employees eventually obtain a permit, they still can't carry a concealed weapon on campus.

The law says the practice is prohibited in all buildings owned or leased by a college or university, as well as parking areas and sidewalks under a college or university’s control.

The arrival of concealed carry in Illinois will mean a big change not only for gun-owning citizens, but police officers as well. The state board that oversees police training is already preparing for the change.

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