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Illinois Concealed Carry

Illinois House Rejects NRA-Backed Concealed Carry Bill

Posted 04.19.2013 | Chicago

With a looming court-mandated deadline to pass a new concealed carry law in Illinois, lawmakers nonetheless reached an impasse Thursday when the House...

WATCH: Tantrum-Prone Pol Launches Into Tirade Over Gun Bill

Posted 04.18.2013 | Chicago

In what's become something of a calling card for the downstate GOP lawmaker, state Rep. Mike Bost, a Murphysboro Republican, launched into an angry, a...

Let's Find Common Ground on Guns

Sheila Simon | Posted 06.16.2013 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

We must respect our constitutional rights to firearms in the same way we respect our constitutional right to freedom of speech. We guard our freedoms in this country, and often that means balancing competing freedoms.

Poll: Overwhelming Majority Of Illinoisans Want More Gun Control

Posted 04.10.2013 | Chicago

As state lawmakers approach the deadline to produce a new law allowing concealed carry, a new poll shows Illinoisans' support for gun control is stron...

Why State Gun Buyers Are Now Waiting Months To Get A FOID Card

Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago

Gunning for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card in Illinois? You may have to wait a while. The Illinois State Police Firearms Service Bureau i...

State House OKs Ban On Semi-Automatic Firearms

Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago

As Illinois lawmakers hash out details to the forthcoming law complying with a federal court ruling to allow concealed carry, the state House of Repre...

WATCH: GOP Pol's Rant On Gun Control As 'Castration' Goes Viral

Posted 03.01.2013 | Chicago

An Illinois lawmaker's gun control rant on the House floor has quickly gone viral after the GOP Representative made a shocking comment equating firear...

GOP Blasts House Concealed Carry Vote Process As 'Political Stunt'

Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago

In a marathon of a debate Tuesday, the Illinois House combed through various restrictions to a bill that would finally allow the concealed carry of we...

CTA: Legal Concealed Carry On Buses, Trains Would Be 'Disastrous'

Posted 02.21.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool lashed out Thursday against the National Rifle Association's call for legal concealed carry on pu...

Chicago Reacts To The Tragedy In Connecticut

Posted 12.14.2012 | Chicago

Following the gut-wrenching report that early Friday, a gunman in Newtown, Conn. opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary killing 27 people—20 of them c...

The Hollow Impact of Moore v. Madigan on Gun Control?

Patrick J. Charles | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Patrick J. Charles

The decision is also questionable in terms of historical legitimacy -- a fact Judge Williams additionally detailed. At oral argument Judge Posner expressed doubt as to whether the Illinois legislature could forbid the carrying of loaded firearms in the public concourse for self-defense.

John Rudolf

Court Strikes Down Nation's Last Standing Concealed Carry Ban | John Rudolf | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago

Gun-rights advocates claimed a major victory on Tuesday when a federal appeals court in Illinois struck down the state's ban on carrying concealed fir...

New Coalition Aims To Block Concealed Carry Law From Passage

Posted 11.27.2012 | Chicago

Chicago community leaders have formed a new coalition to help keep Illinois the lone state that bans concealed carry, running in direct opposition to ...

Voters Want A Shot At Conceal And Carry In Illinois

Posted 11.04.2012 | Chicago

Illinois is the only state in the U.S. to have an all-out ban on concealed weapons, but voters in nine, mostly rural, counties hope to see that change...

Audit: State's FOID Program Broken, Puts Public 'At Risk'

Posted 05.04.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has lashed out against the state's firearm owners identification (FOID) program, which a recent audit found to have serio...

Despite Controversy, State Lawmaker Pushing 'Stand Your Ground' Bill

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

Even as outrage continues to build both nationally and locally in the wake of Trayvon Martin's slaying, an Illinois lawmaker continues to push for a s...

Concealed Carry Fight Rages On

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

Illinois remains the only state in the union without a concealed carry law on the books -- and despite repeated failures, gun rights advocates are not...

Gun Rights Group Takes Fight Over State's Concealed Carry Ban To U.S. Supreme Court

Posted 02.07.2012 | Chicago

A gun rights group filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday after a federal judge in Springfield defended Illinois' ban on concealed weapons...

City Gun Owner ID Card Registrations Surge

Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago

State officials announced this week that Chicago has seen a 16 percent increase in the number of people registering for state firearm owner's identifi...

Gun Advocates Target Suburb Developing New Gun Laws

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

A Tuesday meeting of the Oak Park Board of Health attracted the attention of gun rights advocates across the state, who fear the village may approve l...

Federal Concealed Carry Measure Would Be A Big Change For Illinois

The Huffington Post/ AP | Posted 11.17.2011 | Chicago

Though Republicans have typically supported giving state lawmakers more power to govern, the House on Wednesday passed a measure that would allow peop...

Joe Walsh Fires Back At Anti-Gun Group's Criticism

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

After ever-outspoken U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) told a Tea Party gun forum in Huntley, Ill., that he would be a "cheerleader" for gun rights in Cong...

Joe Walsh Vows To Fight For Gun Rights, Says Obama Administration Should Be Investigated

Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago

Illinois the last state in the union without some form of concealed carry law on the books, and outspoken U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh says he is going to chan...

Chicago Lawmaker: 'Black People Want Guns'

Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

Although Illinois' concealed carry bill was defeated in the House in May, a West Side democratic state legislator has suggested after a heated town ha...

Fight Isn't Over For Concealed Carry Supporters In Illinois

Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

Illinois is about to become the last state in the union without some form of concealed carry law on the books, after Wisconsin passed a concealed carr...