Guns in Public Places: Where Do You Stand?

On Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, the state will stage public hearings to discuss a new concealed carry handgun law for Illinois.

Gun control hearings will convene before an Illinois House committee later this month, says Speaker Mike Madigan, and there will be much talk about a new concealed carry law.

One hearing will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The other will be in Springfield on Feb. 19 at the Capitol.

“In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it’s appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," reads a statement from Madigan. "These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun-safety advocates, gun-rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to legislators and the people of Illinois.”

A federal appeals court in December opted to give state lawmakers 180 days to craft a concealed carry law instead of nullifying the state ban. The state has until June 9, according to the court ruling.

The governor would like to keep guns out of schools, parks and shopping malls. 

A bill that is gaining bipartisan support would restrict Illinois residents from carrying guns in bars, airports, courthouses, casinos, stadiums, libraries, child care businesses, schools, colleges, jails and mental health facilities. Some lawmakers believe guns should be allowed in shopping malls and movie theaters.

This post is published throughout the Chicago-area Patch network.

If Illinoisans are allowed to carry concealed handguns, what places would you want to be off limits?

Comments on this post are now closed. 


J. Ann February 15, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I think I wished I hadn't asked.... Don't answer Butch!
Jeff February 15, 2013 at 09:21 PM
"...Besides the advantage of being armed, it forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. The governments of Europe are afraid to trust the people with arms. If they did, the people would surely shake off the yoke of tyranny, as America did. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors."- (Source I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789) - James Madison
Ernie Knight February 15, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Yeah John, But citizens have rights. Calling citizens "idiots" seems less than constructive. Distrusting the politicians, OK. Distrusting everyone?
Deke February 15, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Jeff is absolutely correct. The Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms without regard to whether he/she is connected with an organized militia. The United States Supreme Court settled that issue in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).
Tom Koz February 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Franklin, it IS settled LAW. The Supreme Court has ruled INDIVIDUALS have the RIGHT to Keep and Bear arms, arms that are in common use TODAY!! Get over it !! Conceal Carry IS coming to Illinois !! Should have been here all along.


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