CRYSTAL LAKE - The Illinois State Police (ISP) appears to be dragging its feet in implementing the concealed carry law passed by the Illinois General Assembly this spring, and one state representative is demanding their slow walk be sped up.
State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) has posted an on-line petition demanding the ISP comply with the implementation schedule included in Illinois' new concealed carry law.
“The General Assembly approved the Firearm Concealed Carry Act on July 9, and written into that law is a mandate that within 60 days of that date, or no later than September 7, the Illinois State Police will make a list of training courses and approved instructors available to the public for the purpose of allowing prospective applicants for licenses to complete their 16 hours of required training,” said Tryon. “Legal counsel for the ISP is saying they have a different interpretation of the language of the law and feel they need only begin the vetting process for courses and instructors by that date.”
According to Tryon, representatives of the ISP served alongside Republicans and Democrats in the negotiations for the concealed carry bill and that the language is not ambiguous.
“During those negotiations, the intent of the 60-day provision was very clear,” said Tryon. “I view this as a stall tactic on the part of the ISP and know that everyone who negotiated in good faith on that bill wants the implementation schedule to be followed.”
Tryon’s petition reads as follows: “The Second Amendment states “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In response to a federal court mandate, the General Assembly approved The Firearm Concealed Carry Act on July 9, 2013. Written into that law is a mandate that within 60 days of the July 9 effective date (no later than September 7, 2013), the Illinois State Police (ISP) shall make a list of training courses and approved instructors available to the public for the purpose of allowing prospective applicants for concealed carry licenses to complete the 16 hours of training required under the Act. We, the signers of this petition, demand that the ISP adhere to the mandated implementation schedule for Sections 75(a) and 80(a) of the Act, and that a list of training courses and approved instructors be made available to the public by the September 7 deadline. We further demand that the ISP proceed with all other implementation elements of this law without delay and in accordance with language set forth in the new law.”
“The concealed carry law was passed by overwhelming votes in the House and Senate, and now its time to implement that law,” Tryon said. “Further delay tactics will not be tolerated.”