Concealed carry legislation is on the move in the State of Illinois!
The Agriculture & Conservation Committee passed HB 148 out of committee by a 12-2 vote. HB 148 is the bill that would finally establish concealed carry in Illinois and would preempt home rule on firearm regulations. The bill has 36 sponsors and co-sponsors.
HB 148 would:
Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Permits the county sheriff to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements. Requires an applicant for a permit to have completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom instruction and live firing exercises. Preempts home rule. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.
This bill now goes to the floor of the Illinois State House. With IGOLD – Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day – set for this Thursday, I don’t think the timing could be any better.