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Illinois Gun Laws

Which Illinois Counties Have the Most Concealed Carry Permits?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.16.2016 | 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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New Concealed Carry Compromise Bill Emerges In House

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago

UPDATE: The bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in a 13-3 vote Thursday. It will next be considered in a full House vote that could tak...

Senate Panel Advances High-Capacity Gun Magazine Ban

Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

After hearing emotional testimony from family members of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, the Senate Executive Committee on Monday advanced ...

New Concealed Carry Bill Would Require Special Chicago Police OK

Posted 05.16.2013 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Thursday advanced a contentious concealed carry law that would require potential gun owners in Chicago to r...

Tom Dart Proposes Concealed Carry Ordinance For Cook County

Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago

With the status of the state's new concealed carry law still in limbo, Sheriff Tom Dart has proposed a new ordinance he hopes will keep Cook County fr...

Supreme Court Gives Madigan Extension On Concealed Carry Appeal

Posted 05.03.2013 | Chicago

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan now has a bit more time to decide whether or not to appeal a federal court ruling that would force the last sta...

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...

Joe Walsh: 'It's Time For Civil Disobedience' On Concealed Carry Law

Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, long a Tea Party favorite, is urging Illinoisans to "break the law" amid the state's current lack of a concealed carry law...

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...