New Bills Aimed at Expanding Concealed Carry Law

Naperville criminal defense attorneys, concealed carry lawSince the passage of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act in 2013, it is legal in Illinois for certain individuals to carry concealed weapons on their persons. Three recently introduced bills seek to expand the reach of the law by allowing those with appropriate licenses to carry weapons in currently prohibited locations.

Qualifications for a License

The new bills would only affect those who have obtained a legal license to carry a firearm from the Department of State Police. To be granted such a license, an applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card;
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor involving the use of violence or have received two or more citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol within the last five years;
  • Not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant;
  • Have not received treatment for alcohol or drug addiction in the last five years; and
  • Have completed firearms training.

Once a person has satisfied these requirements, he or she can carry a concealed firearm, though with certain restrictions.

House Bill 6040

If passed, House Bill 6040 would eliminate the prohibition against a registered licensee knowingly carrying a firearm into public parks, athletic areas, or athletic facilities that are under the control of a city or park district.

House Bill 5792

The sponsors of House Bill 5792 also seek to amend the Firearm Concealed Carry Act by eliminating a current provision that states that those with concealed carry permits are not permitted to carry a firearm on or into any building designated for matters before a circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court.

If passed, the new bill would allow licensees who are circuit judges or associate judges, State’s Attorneys, or Assistant State’s Attorneys to carry concealed weapons in buildings designated for court use. However, even these specific individuals would not be permitted to carry a concealed firearm while in a courtroom. Furthermore, when a judge or State’s Attorney is not carrying the weapon, it would be required to be securely stored in a locked compartment designated by the sheriff or chief judge.

House Bill 6047

Another recently introduced bill that could have important repercussions in Illinois is House Bill 6047. If passed, this law would allow those with concealed carry licenses to carry a firearm onto a bus, train, or other form of public transportation. The bill would also remove the current law’s prohibition against a licensee carrying a concealed weapon into any building, parking area, or other piece of property under the control of a public transportation facility.

If you have questions or concerns about the new bills and how they might affect your right to carry a concealed firearm, an experienced attorney can help explain your legal rights. Please contact the passionate Naperville criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC to schedule a consultation.