CHICAGO - Twenty-two states now recognize Illinois conceal carry permits, The Northwest Herald reports. The states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said the state's 16-hour training course is likely a factor in that growth. Illinois' training requirement is among the most stringent nationwide.
However, Illinois doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn't recognize other state permits. Gun owners who want to carry in other parts of the country can get nonresident concealed-carry permits for Utah and Florida. Those require four hours of training and are recognized in more than 30 states.
The bill lawmakers approved in 2013 was due to a federal court order, though the measure was fought hard by those who wanted Illinois to retain its last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry.