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Illinois Gun Laws

Which Illinois Counties Have the Most Concealed Carry Permits?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.16.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois became the last state in the union to legalized the carrying of concealed weapons nearly two years ago. The Illinois State Police began issuing concealed carry licenses to residents in the spring of 2014.

Guns, Intimacy and Tragedy for Women

K. Sujata | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
K. Sujata

Put simply, the presence of guns dramatically increases the probability of death in incidents involving domestic violence. In 2011 almost two-thirds of women killed with guns were killed by their intimate partners.

Gun Rights Lobbyists Won't Be Happy Until They Can Pack Heat In A Library

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

As the first crop of Illinois gun owners receive concealed carry permits this week, the state's gun rights lobbyists are already vowing to push the la...

Concealed Carry Permits In Highest Demand Downstate, In The 'Burbs

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

The numbers are in and some 23,000 Illinoisans have applied for concealed carry permits since the application to do so went live last week. Accordi...

Concealed Carry Isn't The Only New Illinois Gun Law This Year

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 03.03.2014 | Chicago

A new Illinois law requires private sellers of guns to verify that the buyers' gun permits are valid, but a State Police website for the verification ...

Sheriff Slams Concealed Carry Law As A 'Monstrosity'

Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago

With Illinois' new concealed carry law set to take effect next month, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is once again taking aim at the legislation he call...

Chicago Dumps Decades-Old Gun Registry In Win For NRA

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago

By Renita Young CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Chicago on Wednesday reluctantly abolished a 45-year-old requirement that gun owners reg...

Aldermen Move To Gut City's Gun Laws

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Faced with a new state law on concealed weapons, Chicago aldermen are getting ready to do away with some of its strict handgun regulations,...

Proposal To Ban Guns From All Boozy Bars, Restos Advances

Posted 09.06.2013 | Chicago

Updated story In the wake of the state's new concealed carry law being approved earlier this year, a plan that would require all bars and restauran...

Illinois Expands Gun Background Checks To All Purchases

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a gun-control measure into law on Sunday that expands background checks to cover all ...

Judge Tosses Bid For Hastened Concealed Carry Law

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS — Gun-rights advocates who failed to sway a federal judge into letting Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under th...

What's Next For Concealed Carry In Illinois

Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago

Gun rights supporters notched a victory Tuesday after Illinois lawmakers shot down Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of concealed carry legislation on the same da...

Illinois Enacts Nation's Final Concealed Gun Law

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The last holdout on allowing the public possession of concealed guns, Illinois joined the rest of the nation Tuesday as lawmakers...

State Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto, OKs Concealed Carry

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate has joined the House in overriding Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to the state's concealed carry bill and approved the same legislation ...

Showdown On Nation's Last-Standing Concealed Carry Ban Looms

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 07.09.2013 | Chicago

The day is almost upon Illinois. After a lengthy and heated battle in courts and at the statehouse, Tuesday marks the state's court-mandated deadli...

Quinn Calls Guns In Bars A Prescription For Violence'

Posted 07.06.2013 | Chicago

In a Friday announcement made from one of Chicago's busiest, most bar and restaurant-heavy districts, Gov. Pat Quinn urged lawmakers to accept his pro...

Few Illinois Towns Opting For Assault Weapon Bans

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and DON BABWIN | Posted 07.05.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As Illinois prepares to become the last state in the country to allow the concealed carry of firearms, few of its communities app...

Gov. Quinn Wants To Make Gun Bill Stricter, Uses Amendatory Veto

Posted 07.02.2013 | Chicago

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday morning announced that he hopes to rewrite the state's new concealed carry bill -- approved by the legis...

Gov. Quinn Takes Action On Concealed Carry After Delay

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn will make a public appearance Tuesday in Chicago to take action on a bill that would allow Illinoisans to carry guns in public. The fa...

City Prepares For New Concealed Carry Gun Law

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — This city, where violent street gangs shoot it out dozens of times a week despite some of the nation's toughest restrictions on guns, ...

Dems Call For Gov. Quinn's Verdict On Gun Bill

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 06.21.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Some Illinois Democrats on Thursday urged the governor to act quickly on legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons i...

Illinois Prosecutor Criticized Over Concealed Carry

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 06.08.2013 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS -- A state's attorney who has decided to stop prosecuting Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban on having guns in public said Friday a federal co...

Illinois Legislature Passes Concealed Carry Bill

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing the carrying of concealed weapons under legislation approved by the Gener...

House's Concealed Carry Bill Defeated In Senate Committee

Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago

The Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate shot down a concealed carry bill that passed in the House last week and advanced their own revised version i...

Concealed Carry Bill Opposed By Governor Approved In House Vote

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that sw...