Illinois is faced with a court-ordered timetable for passing concealed carry legislation by June 9th of this year. If we don’t, “constitutional carry” automatically goes into effect. That means concealed-carry with no rules. Should that happen, hundreds of mayors and city councils would be charged with adopting their own set of concealed carry laws. Senate Democrats and stakeholders have been working diligently to come to an equitable agreement on a statewide policy on this issue prior to the June 9th deadline.
For a number of years, downstate Senators have introduced concealed carry legislation, which has failed to gain enough momentum for passage. The court ordered timetable has finally afforded concealed carry legislation a significant amount of consideration in both chambers.