A concealed carry law (CCL) governs the practice of carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) – usually a handgun – in public, either on one’s person or in close proximity.
While Illinois law previously restricted the manner by which gun owners transported their firearms, the concealed carry law eliminated those restrictions by allowing individuals to apply for special license to carry loaded, concealed handguns in most public places.
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.
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