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New legislation takes effect to clarify Illinois' concealed-carry law for handgun owners


DEKALB, Illinois — Legislation took effect earlier this month to clarify ambiguities in Illinois' concealed-carry law, focusing on areas including privacy, mental illness and dealing with law enforcement.

Illinois' concealed-carry law went into effect in 2014 and is among the most stringent in the country. The law forbids carrying handguns in numerous locations, mandates increased mental health reporting and allows local law enforcement officials to refuse licenses to people who they feel are a danger to themselves or others.

The most significant changes relate to the process of applying for a concealed-carry permit, including clarification of a review of the applicant's personal records under the privacy waiver and the process in which a person with a "mild" developmental disability can appeal a denial, the (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle ( ) reported. It also requires concealed-carry holders to notify officers and secure their weapon if a first responder asks them to do so.

The bill wasn't approved until the end of the spring session due to an ideological divide over gun rights. And although the bill passed the House and Senate by comfortable margins, the divide means that more significant legislation either tightening or loosening concealed-carry restrictions isn't likely to get the votes it would need to pass.

More than 120,000 Illinois residents had concealed-carry permits by the end of June, and nearly 1.9 million people are Firearm Owner's Identification cardholders.

Information from: The Daily Chronicle,

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