Concealed Carry Expansion Sought

(AP) – Illinois legislators from both parties are continuing to fine-tune the state’s concealed carry law nearly three years after it was passed.

The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that legislators have proposed including public transportation, interstate highway rest areas, public parks and athletic facilities as areas in which permit holders are allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Bills also have been introduced to allow concealed carry within courthouses under certain conditions.

In July 2013, Illinois became the last state to pass a concealed carry law. Since then, there have been some changes to the law, but none regarding the areas where concealed carry is allowed.

Legislators expect to consider many bills related to firearms this session, but they plan to focus most of their efforts on the state budget impasse.

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