Illinois’ Concealed Carry Law (HB 183) is currently sitting on Governor Quinn’s desk. The law would become effective immediately upon his signature. While there would still be some time before a concealed carry license is issued due to the training and other requirements prescribed by the bill, local governments are highly advised to consider three time-sensitive matters relating to the new law:
- Ordinances: A very limited opportunity exists for municipalities to enact an Assault Weapon Ordinance, if such an ordinance doesn’t already exist, after which local governments will no longer be able to regulate assault weapons. According to the IML, home rule and non-home rule units can enact such an ordinance. Also, existing weapon ordinances need to be reviewed to ensure that they will not be invalidated by HB 183.
- Police Stops: During a traffic or investigatory stop, persons can be asked if they are in possession of a concealed weapon, and if so, licensees must cooperate by providing their Concealed Carry license and indicating where the concealed weapon is located.
- Restricted Area Signage: The new law provides several areas in which a licensee is restricted from carrying a firearm onto the premises. We are recommending that local governments consider signage requirements for their buildings and properties, with standards as will be determined by the Illinois State Police, that properly put all entrants on notice that the property is a restricted area for Concealed Carry purposes.
ZRFM has prepared a model ordinance for any local government considering an Assault Weapon Ordinance, and we are available to review your existing ordinances for compliance with the new law. As HB 183 is very complex, please consult us to further discuss any questions or concerns regarding the Concealed Carry legislation for your local government, or to otherwise ensure a smooth transition for your municipality and police force.