House Piecing Together Concealed Carry Law
State lawmakers are starting to piece together parts of a law to allow concealed carry in Illinois.
The House approved a few rules on who can carry a concealed handgun and how.
Today's action is only the first step in the process to craft a concealed carry law. The House voted to require anyone carrying a handgun in Illinois to get a registration certificate from Illinois State Police.
It will cost $20. That money would be used to help the agency manage background checks for gun ownership.
Another approved amendment would require gun owners to report their guns lost or stolen within 72 hours. They could lose their FOID cards if they don't.
One measure that didn't pass in the House is a proposal to require all FOID card applicants to pass a mental health evaluation.
"They bounce it off the criminal records index and the mental health admissions DHS puts out," Rep. Brandon Phelps (D - Harrisburg) said. "That's 360 background checks per year per person."
"This is in direct response to a number of the common-sense discussions we've had about making sure the individuals who have possession of weapons in this state have sound mental health," Rep. Elgie Sims Jr. (D - Chicago) said.
Lawmakers approved one more proposal aimed at keeping guns out of the wrong hands. Gun owners would not be allowed to store or leave a gun in their house or car if someone who is barred from owning a firearm could get access to it. Anyone who has a conviction for a felony or domestic battery, is under an order of protection, or has been a patient in a mental institution in the last five years falls into this category.
The House still needs to pass a comprehensive outline for concealed carry. Lawmakers in the Senate will then need to give their stamp of approval.
The general assembly has until June to write a concealed carry law. A federal court ordered lawmakers to do so after ruling the state's ban on carrying concealed handguns is unconstitutional.
Gov. Pat Quinn wants the ban to stay in place, and he's pushing Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Story by NewsChannel20.
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