Ohio was without the right to carry concealed from 1859 until 2004, so we are with you on the circus of never-ending politics. It was a very hard-fought battle to bring concealed carry to our state, and more battles to get rid of the poison pill provisions contained in the original legislation.Oh believe me, it's happening!
This is not an NRA sponsored bill though, as several Dems didn't want to have an NRA approved bill on their record.
However, it passed with such excitement that several of us are beginning to wonder: What happened behind the scenes that caused this to pass? Some think a magazine ban might be coming, while I'm more inclined to think that a big trade-off may have been going on for topics like gay marriage or the budget. Or perhaps it's because Speaker of the House Madigan's daughter wants to run for Governor and she won't win without downstate support? We know that the thought of Court Ordered Constitutional Carry freaked many of them out too.
Welcome to Illinois politics, a never ending circus. It would be very exciting to watch if it wasn't my rights and my money that they were playing with.
Guns: Now everywhere, except where you need it.No reciprocity except within your car (you can have a loaded weapon inside your car, but not on you if you step out to buy gas, but nobody buys gas here).
No public transit carry, which doesn't effect me but it does the majority of the Chicagoland population, That was probably the bone they threw out to please Chicago.
No public park carry, no large event carry.
You would think, but it only strikes down the state AUUW/UUW law that bans posession of concealed firearms in public, not local ordinances.One little wrinkle: According to this article, if by June 9 a state law has not passed, then localities can pass all the little anti-gun ordinances they choose. That can't be right, can it? That'd be against the circuit court's ruling, right??
Don't know. Read rumors that it may qualify towards several hours of the training requirement, but that's just rumors. The law allows the state police to decide what training qualifies. I personally hope they take the Hunters Ed Course like Florida did. That was 10 hours i think??? And it's free!I haven't read through this yet. Any training waived if prior military?
So, where can a person "carry" ... the Donut Shack and one's own back yard? Sort of defeats the purpose, eh? Hmmm. Maybe that's their whole point, to defeat the purpose. Ya think?The no carry list is huge: "Under the measure, concealed carry would be prohibited at all schools, colleges and universities, child-care facilities, parks and playgrounds, Chicago area forest preserves, state and municipal government buildings, libraries, hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes, airports, stadiums, arenas, sporting events, amusement parks, zoos, museums, public transportation and government public gatherings." That's not the entire list, either.