New 2015 Gun Laws in Illinois

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Across the nation, states are legislating changes to current gun laws. Both pro-gun and pro-gun control advocates are making their voices heard as they try to advocate their causes. Vermont, Maryland, Arkansas, Maine, West Virginia and South Carolina are just a few of the states hearing bills that will change gun laws. It has been over a year since Illinois’ last major change in gun law and a year since Illinois began issuing concealed carry permits. As implementation of the new Illinois concealed carry law went smoothly, gun advocates now hope to expand the law.

Lower Homicide Rate in Past Year

Though opponents to the concealed carry law worried that allowing citizens to carry guns would increase crime, this past year has shown that not to be the case. In fact, last year Chicago had its lowest homicide rate in almost 50 years. Currently there are over 25 locations where guns are not allowed, including schools, government buildings, parks, bars and libraries. Additionally, businesses can choose not to permit guns on the premise by posting the state police “no guns allowed” sign.

Expansion of the Law

Gun advocates hope to increase the number of locations where guns are permitted, particularly on public transportation. They hope that allowing people to carry guns while using public transportation will lower the number of robberies committed. Many find that it can be confusing for those with concealed carry licenses to know where they can carry their guns.

Problems With Licenses

Others argue that they are being denied their constitutional rights by being denied concealed carry licenses. 92,000 Illinois residents obtained concealed carry licenses last year. The Concealed Carry Licensing Board reviews applications and determines who gets a license. Law enforcement officers can make objections based on reasonable suspicion, which the board can consider. So far, law enforcement has voiced 3,100 objections, and the board has withheld licenses to 2,400 of those applicants. Those being denied licenses feel that they are not given evidence to the reason for the denial and cannot get in person hearings.

Call to Clarify Objections

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has called for the law to specify grounds for objections, such as previous arrests. His office objected to 2,000 of the applicants. Half of those were for people that had been arrested for domestic abuse or orders of protection.

Upcoming Changes to Gun Laws

Dart is not optimistic for any forthcoming changes to the law. He recognizes that the law is too controversial and lawmakers may be leery of making changes any time soon. Certainly the law will continue to be discussed and dissected with both sides of the issue advocating their viewpoints.

Need a Gun Defense Attorney?

Since changes to gun laws can happen quickly, it is important to discuss any gun charges with a reputable attorney. Keith Hearn, 34, is one of the 92,000 Illinois residents with a concealed carry permit. At a minor traffic stop, he was arrested because officers thought his concealed gun was visible, even though he alerted the officers to the gun and his license to carry. Once at the station, the police did discover that the law allowed for the gun to be “mostly” concealed. Even officers can make mistakes. If you are arrested for a gun charge, contact an attorney experienced with gun matters immediately. Dennis F. Dwyer has dealt with many gun related cases. Contact his office today to learn more about how he can help you.

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