Last Holdout State Legalizes Concealed Carry

Illinois lawmakers shoot down governor's veto

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 1:47 AM CDT | Updated Jul 10, 2013 4:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – The final state with a ban on concealed weapons has dropped it—just in time to beat a federal deadline. Lawmakers in the Illinois House and Senate, fearing a firearms free-for-all if they failed to act, voted by hefty margins to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto and pass a new gun law, the Chicago Tribune reports. Quinn had been holding out for changes including limiting carriers to one gun at a time and banning guns in establishment that serve alcohol.

Any Illinois resident with a Firearm Owner's Identification card can now get a concealed-carry permit for $150 if they have passed a background check and undergone 16 hours of safety training, the AP reports. "This is a historic, significant day for law-abiding gun owners," said Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat who has been fighting for a concealed-carry law for a decade. "They finally get to exercise their second amendment rights." (Meanwhile, in Nevada, a family is suing over an alleged violation of its third amendment rights.)

Gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Gun owners and supporters participate in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
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