Rep. Hays: Tweaks to Concealed Carry Are ‘Negligible’
Before Illinois’ first concealed carry permits have even been issued, there are efforts on each side of the issue to change the measure granting them. But one East Central Illinois lawmaker said any chances for their passage are slim.
Recent efforts to change the new law include a proposal to reduce the number of required training hours for obtaining a permit, and another forbidding the carrying of concealed weapons on any property where there isn’t a sign specifically allowing them.
And State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) cites another measure that would require firearm owners to register every gun they own sponsored by House member Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat.
"It's probably a bill that makes some of the folks in their district - very small, compact, urban district - feel a little better, but the chances of something of that nature passing, specifically after we had this robust, protractred debate on the right to carry last year - I think the chances of that really are non-existent."
Rep. Brandon Phelps of (D- Harrisburg) agreed with Hays, saying this week that it’s too early to tweak the law.
Legislators return to Springfield on Tuesday.
Concealed Carry permits are being approved by the Illinois State Police and could start being mailed soon. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about who will be carrying a gun and what kind of training the state requires before they’ll issue a permit. Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and concealed carry instructor John Boch join host Jim Meadows to start this hour on Focus. We’ll hear about how the application review process is working out in Champaign county and will hear what kind of training you can expect people with concealed carry permits to have.
Then, police departments and citizens who want a license to conceal and carry aren’t the only ones who’ve been getting ready for the new law. Private Security Consultant Tim Sutton says he’s been working with hospitals and churches addressing security concerns posed by the new law.
Did you apply for a conceal and carry license? Why do you want one? Now that conceal and carry is a reality in Illinois, do you feel safer or not? Give us a call this hour on Focus or find us on Facebook and Twitter @Focus580
It violates the American with Disabilities Act to discriminate against the visually impaired, even when it comes to gun ownership. The state of Illinois issues FOID cards, the documentation you need to legally own a gun in Illinois, and hunting licenses to the blind. So, even if you can’t see, or don’t see well, you can own a gun in Illinois, but should you be able to carry it in public?