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Illinois Gun Laws

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...

Report: Proposed Gun Law Could Overcrowd Prisons, Cost Millions

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Proposed legislation some Chicago powers that be see as a much-needed tool to help bring down the city's well-publicized homicide rate could have a nu...

Gov. Quinn Wants Appeal Of Court's Concealed Carry Ruling

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.13.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he wants the Illinois attorney general to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's ...

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...

Illinois' Request For Reconsidered Gun Ban Ruling Shot Down In Court

AP | SARA BURNETT and DON BABWIN | Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court on Friday narrowly rejected Illinois' request to reconsider a ruling that found the state's concealed carry weapons...

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...

Madigan Seeks New Hearing On Illinois Concealed Carry Law

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 03.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois' attorney general on Tuesday asked the entire 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lawsuit challenging the state's b...

Proposed Assault Weapons Ban Fails, Again, In Illinois

Posted 01.07.2013 | Chicago

Legislation that would have limited military-style assault weapons in Illinois was pulled from consideration Sunday after its sponsors admitted that t...

State Assault Weapons Ban Clears Committee Vote

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois senators returned to the Capitol on Wednesday with plans to vote on legalizing gay marriage and banning certain types of guns,...

Gun Advocate Calls For Armed Teachers, Janitors In Illinois Schools

Posted 12.20.2012 | Chicago

One of Illinois' most outspoken gun ownership advocates on Monday said he hoped that, in response to the Newtown grade school massacre, state legislat...

As Gunmen Continue to Terrorize Our Public Places, the Courts Continue to Weaken Our Gun Laws

Brian Levin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Must we treat the Constitution, and its Second Amendment, as static and sacrosanct, as the bloodshed spirals onward? From a historical perspective, the answer is no.

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...

Battle's Just Begun Over Court's Concealed Carry Ruling

AP | DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT | Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Backers of Illinois' ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal...

John Rudolf

Court Strikes Down Nation's Last Standing Concealed Carry Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...