Sheriff's Deputy answers frequently asked questions about concealed carry
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. - People in Illinois are buzzing with questions about the new concealed carry gun law.
They are wondering what is next after the July 9 showdown in Springfield where lawmakers overrode Governor Pat Quinn's re-writes on the ban.
People have been flocking to their local gun ranges to sign up for training courses for their permits.
Illinois was the last state in the country to pass a concealed carry gun law.
The bill went through several changes as the debate has dragged on.
After all of the hype you may think it is perfectly legal to pack heat already, but it is not.
"Right now, it's a crime. It's going to take a few months for all the details to be worked out and the permits to start being issued," said Williamson County Deputy Brian Murrah.
Until then, police can charge you with unlawfully carrying a firearm.
People also frequently ask who needs a CCW license.
"Anyone who is going to carry a concealed firearm with the exception of law enforcement officers and retired law enforcement officers that are qualified," said Murrah.
If you live outside of Illinois, you may be wondering if out of state permit holders are granted reciprocity in Illinois and the simple answer to that is no.
Another Local 6 viewer wondered if the new bill had anything to do with hunting.
"They're two completely separate issues. The concealed carry law is not going to affect any of the hunting regulations or hunting statutes," said Murrah.
And of course, people are wondering about that fee.
"The $150.00 will cover a permit that's good for five years. So, it's going to be a once every five years type of deal," said Murrah.
It is possible that any of these regulations could change in the next 180 days while Illinois State Police are preparing to accept applications.
It is possible that the State General Assembly will review Governor Quinn's amendments at a later date to decide whether or not they do want to implement any of the changes that he would like to see made.