While concealed carry laws are technically on the books in Illinois, no one can carry a gun yet. Legally. And no one will be able to until at least mid-March of next year. That’s the deadline for the state to have their concealed carry licensing system up and running as stipulated in the bill that just became law. And given the Land o’ Lincoln’s love of concealed carry, the expectation is that they’ll use up every last second of the allotted time. But the Illinois Rifle Association doesn’t believe that merely having the law on the books now is good enough to satisfy the federal court order legalizing CCW — they want actual Illini out there carrying guns ASAP. As in now. And have filed suit to make that happen . . .
The Rifle Association believes lawmakers did not meet their deadline because the state’s ban on carrying guns outside the home remains in effect.
While concealed carry is officially the law in Illinois, it could be mid-March before a gun owner would actually and legally be able to carry their weapon in public. The new law gives state police six months to setup a permit system, then there’s a 90-day application process.
The Rifle Association says that delay continues to deprive lawful gun owners of their constitutional rights.
Newly filed motions ask the U.S. District Court to allow people to carry by next Tuesday, July 16.
“Plaintiffs are not asking for an unfettered right to carry firearms in public,” the court filings say.
But they want to be able to take them everywhere the new law would eventually allow them to go anyway.
What are the chances that this will actually be fruitful? Close to zero. And the Illinois AG has filed suit to invalidate the original court case now that the concealed carry law is on the books. But if nothing else, it’ll be interesting to watch. And if the NRA is actually successful, it’ll be one MASSIVE headache for Rahm Emanuel. Which is always a good thing.