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Conceal Carry Proposal The ISP “shall issue” a concealed carry license (“CCL”) to any qualified person.

 Requires 16 hours of training, including range exercises and a thorough review of applicable state and federal laws, including recommendations on interacting with law enforcement.  Applicants must submit a fee $150 ($120 to the ISP Firearm Services Fund, $20 to the Mental Health Reporting Fund, and $10 to the State Crime Laboratory Fund). All law enforcement agencies (federal, state, county, local) have the ability to object to an applicant.  The ISP must develop a database that will provide all law enforcement with access to each applicant’s information.  The chief law enforcement officer of any law enforcement agency may object to the issuance of a license based on a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to self, others, or poses a public safety threat. A Concealed Carry Licensing Board will review objections from law enforcement.  The Board consists of seven members (3 residing within the First Judicial District and 1 residing within each of the remaining Judicial Districts) appointed by the Governor and subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Members must have been formerly employed by the federal government as a judge, a prosecutor, or law enforcement.  An applicant is ineligible if the Board determines by the preponderance of the evidence that the applicant poses a danger to himself or herself, others or a threat to public safety.  A person who has been arrested 5 times or more within the past 7 years for any crime, or 3 times or more within the past 7 years for gang-related offenses is automatically subject to review by the Board. Licensees shall not carry in certain sensitive locations:  Preschool, elementary, and secondary schools  Child care facilities  Playgrounds  Public parks located within a municipality under the control of a municipality or park district  Cook County Forest Preserve  Bars (more than 50% of its gross receipts from the sale of liquor)  State buildings (defined as buildings or portions of buildings controlled by an executive or legislative officer, with an exception for certain buildings under the control of DNR that are designated for shooting or special firearms events)  Buildings under the control of a unit of local government  Libraries  Hospitals, mental health facilities, and nursing homes  Stadiums, arenas, and sporting events  Riverboats, racetracks, and OTBs  Airports  Amusement parks, zoos, and museums  Colleges and Universities  Public transportation paid for in part or whole with public funds  Public gatherings authorized by a unit of local government  Areas prohibited by federal law Private property owners have ability to permit or restrict carrying on their property. Private property owners that restrict carry must post signs indicating carry is not permitted; however, private homeowners need not post signs. A licensee may keep a gun in a vehicle, even within a prohibited parking area. This “safe vehicle” provisions allows a person to leave a concealed firearm in their vehicle, provided that it must be in a case, in a locked car. If the person wishes to put the firearm in their trunk, they may transport the gun to or from the car to the trunk only if it is unloaded. A CCL becomes a universal firearm card.  A licensee can use the CCL to purchase weapons, ammunition, possess firearms, or carry a concealed firearm.  Requires the ISP to establish a plan to consolidate the process for FOID and CCL cards, with the goal of ultimately eliminating the need for two cards. 1

Establish penalties for violations of the Concealed Carry Act.  A licensee carrying within a prohibited area or carrying while intoxicated shall be subject to the following penalties: first violation = Class B misdemeanor; second violation = Class A misdemeanor and the ISP may suspend a license for up to 180 days; third violation = Class A misdemeanor, lifetime revocation of a license. Non-residents will have limited ability to carry in Illinois, and in some cases, may apply for a CCL.  A non-resident able to carry in their home state may carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle while travelling in Illinois.  A non-resident from a state with substantially similar requirements would be eligible for non-resident CCL. Nonresident applicants must submit a fee of $300 ($250 to the ISP Firearm Services Fund, $40 to the Mental Health Reporting Fund, and $10 to the State Crime Laboratory Fund). Enhance and clarify mental health reporting.  Requires law enforcement, physicians, mental health professionals, health facilities, nursing homes, and school personnel to report any person they determine poses a clear and present danger to self or others.  The proposal adds specific definitions, making it easier for required reporters to identify a person ineligible for a FOID card due to a mental or developmental disability.  Under current law, a person’s FOID card is revoked upon admission to a mental health facility and the person is prohibited from receiving a FOID card for 5 years. Under the proposal, after the 5-year period, the person will receive a FOID card if a mental health professional certifies the person is not a clear and present danger to self or others. Establish a clear process for the revocation of FOID and CCL cards.  If a person’s FOID Card is revoked, within 48 hours the person must surrender their FOID card to local law enforcement and turn over any firearms to another person with a FOID card.  Within 30 days of the effective date of the bill, ISP must notify all persons whose FOID cards have been revoked of the duty to surrender their card and weapons within 48 hours. Prohibit home rule regulation of firearms.  The State would exclusively regulate all aspects of firearm possession, carrying, transportation, and licensing.

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