SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI)–On Friday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2193, which sets up concealed carry law in Illinois. Under the law, Illinois residents would be subject to a single set of rules, voiding local municipal gun ordinances. A five-year license will be available for a fee of $150 and applicants will be required to take 16 hours of training.
Guns would be prohibited on public transportation, in state and local government buildings, schools, playgrounds, municipal parks, prisons, airports, among other locations.
The bill passed 85-30-1 and now goes to the senate for consideration. If passed, the bill would go to the governor’s desk.
Governor Pat Quinn opposes the bill. In a statement Friday, Quinn said in part, “This legislation is wrong for Illinois. It was wrong yesterday in committee, it’s wrong today, and it’s wrong for the future of public safety in our state. The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and across Illinois.”
Quinn vowed to work with members of the Illinois Senate to kill the bill.
Illinois is currently the only state in the nation without some form of concealed carry law for firearms.
In December, a federal appeals court struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons, calling it unconstitutional. At that time, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals gave state lawmakers 180 days to write a new law legalizing conceal carry. The ruling was a response to a lawsuit filed by a former Champaign, IL corrections officer, a Percy, IL farmer, and the Washington state based Second Amendment Foundation.