Illinois Concealed Carry Law Handbook

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In December 2012, a federal circuit court ordered the State of Illinois to adopt a law allowing at least some individuals to carry loaded, concealed handguns public places. As a result, on July 9, 2013, Illinois became the last state in the nation to pass a concealed carry law.

As the State of Illinois had historically prohibited concealed carry and the vast majority of Illinois citizens are not gun owners, many individuals and business owners have reached out to the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) to learn more about how this new law impacts them, their families, their communities and even their employees and customers.

While the new law is very clear as to the requirements of gun owners seeking to apply for concealed carry licenses, many questions have loomed for the rest of our state’s citizens as far as ways it may have introduced new rights, responsibilities and legal obligations regarding their response to guns and public safety both at home, in the community and in the workplace.

As carrying a deadly weapon in most public places is a tremendous responsibility, we all must work together to become as informed as possible on how to ensure that it is implemented safely – with the greatest protections for all citizens.

The Illinois Concealed Carry Law Handbook has two parts that are intended to provide helpful information to both average citizens and to business owners:

Chapter I: Concealed Carry & Me
Will help the average person become informed about the carrying of concealed firearms in Illinois under this new law, and to understand how to best protect themselves and reduce the dangerous impact of guns in their communities.

Chapter II: Concealed Carry & My Business
Will help business owners determine their rights and legal obligations under the law as far as determining who can carry concealed handguns on their premises and under what circumstances, as well as how to maintain a safe, responsible environment that respects the rights of all clients and employees.

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