SPRINGFIELD - "Anti-gunners are wasting no time in attempting to dismantle the concealed carry bill passed last spring," the Illinois State Rifle Association alerted its members Monday morning, as state lawmakers return Monday to Springfield for the first week of the 2013 fall veto session.
Four bills the ISRA considers "dangerous" include HB 3646 and SB 2594, which would ban concealed weapons in any restaurant serving alcohol and HB 3669, which would restrict gun owners from keeping a firearm locked in their trunks in parking lots near schools or school district properties. ISRA also warns against HB3675, which would severely increase penalties for persons found to be carrying firearms in restricted areas.
The ISRA encourages the passage of HB365, which lowers the concealed carry permit's required 16-hour training rule to an 8-hour requirement. This bill also eliminates the re-training requirements for carry permit renewals. HB 3649 would lower the State Police fees for CCW permit applications.
They also support HB3650, which allows concealed carry reciprocity between Illinois and dozens of other states.
The bill may be considered during the veto session this week and again in two weeks.