Lawmakers approved concealed carry last summer after a federal appeals court said Illinois’ last-in-the-nation ban was unconstitutional.
Illinois residents can begin applying in January for licenses to carry concealed weapons, but so far only 54 instructors most from northern Illinois have been approved to train them.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments on the issue for Oct. 3.
A federal appeals court has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public.
The law bars concealed weapons from schools, courthouses, government buildings, libraries and public transit but churches, mosques and synagogues must post signs.
“Police must factor in the new possibility that these individuals may be carrying these weapons with complete authority and the right to do so.”
A federal judge has rejected a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public.
State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) says negotiations leading to the week-old concealed-carry law in Illinois left religious groups out.
Gun rights advocates are seeking to do away with the mandated six-month waiting period.
Gov. Jay Nixon signs bill encouraging NRA developed course.