Can Illinoisinans Wrestle More Concealed Carry Rights From the Hoplophobic Bureaucrats?

The Pekin Daily Times (Pekin, IL) ran the article Proposed bill would expand concealed carry, which maintains that concealed carry laws may become less restrictive – provided of course that common sense and hard work once again prevail over growing minority of the hoplophobic, security challenged, and economic illiterate bureaucrats of Illinois.

While it has been almost three years since Illinois allowed citizens to carry concealed firearms, legislators from both parties continue to try to fine tune the law.

Lawmakers have proposed including public transportation, interstate highway rest areas controlled by the Illinois Department of Transportation and public parks and athletic facilities under the control of a park district or municipality as allowable areas to carry a concealed weapon.

In addition, bills have been introduced to allow

concealed carry within courthouses under certain conditions.

“It’s a work in progress in terms of making sure our Second Amendment rights are protected in Illinois,” said Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, who co-sponsored the original bill. “When you have something that big of a landmark and that important, you want to make sure you get it right.”

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The Illinois General Assembly passed the concealed carry law in July 2013 under the pressure of a federal court deadline; it was the last state to do so. There have been tweaks to the law since, though there have been no changes to areas where concealed carry is allowed.

“There are many individuals throughout the state of Illinois who rely on public transit as their primary mode of transportation,” said Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Smithton, who is sponsoring House Bill 6047 allowing for concealed carry on public transportation. “I do not believe their Second Amendment rights should be infringed upon simply because they take a train or bus rather than driving their own vehicle.”

However, the Chicago Transit Authority, the second largest public transportation system in the nation, is questioning the safety of the proposal.

“Allowing people to carry concealed weapons on our buses and trains that provide more than 1.6 million rides every day would bring an increased and significant safety risk to both customers and employees,” said Jeff Tolman, Chicago Transit Authority spokesman. “It could also lead to increased insurance rates and higher security costs, which would undermine the safe and affordable service that we provide to the Chicago area.”

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