Illinois Lt. Gov. Wants Statewide Concealed Carry Law

SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – As lawmakers continue to work towards a concealed carry law, the lieutenant governor hopes the end result will apply to the whole state.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon hopes that the state law will be strong enough so that individual cities, towns and municipalities won’t be pressed to pass laws of their own. “If the standard for the state guarantees safety and does a good job of that then we have less of a need for local governments to have their own input,” Simon said. She says if the standard for the state is more lax, then she could see a situation where local police and sheriffs would want more input.

Lawmakers have until June 9 to craft and pass a concealed carry law, by order of a federal appeals court.

Meanwhile, the attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time in which to file an appeal. It’s still unknown if the attorney general would appeal the lower court’s ruling that Illinois must have a concealed carry law.

Simon has been working with first-term lawmakers on various gun issues.


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