Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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IL: Concealed carry gaining support

Springfield – The Family and Personal Protection Act, the
concealed carry bill that is currently making its way through the
Illinois Legislature, has been assigned to the Agriculture and
Conservation Committee in the House of Representatives and is
assured passage out of that committee, according to the bill’s
sponsor, state Rep. Brandon W. Phelps, D-118th District.

Phelps, who also serves on the committee in which the
legislation, House Bill 148, is being considered, said in a phone
interview that the bill has solid support in the committee.

HB 148: “Permits the county sheriff to issue permits to carry
concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet
certain requirements. Requires an applicant for a permit to have
completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois
Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom
instruction and live firing exercises. Pre-empts home rule. Amends
the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to
make conforming changes.”

Democrats have already been assigned committee positions, and a
majority of those on the Ag and Conservation Commit-tee have signed
on as co-sponsors of the bill. Republicans have appointed a
spokesperson and will name committee members soon.

The committee hearing regarding the Family and Personal
Protection Act that had been scheduled for Feb. 15, is only a
formality, and the bill won’t be called that day, according to
Phelps. He said that it was likely that HB 148 wouldn’t be heard on
the following Tuesday either.

However, IGOLD – the Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day – is set for
March 10 in Springfield.

Phelps said that there are two possible scenarios: that the bill
will be heard in committee that day or it will go to the House on
that day. He said if it goes to the House, a committee hearing for
HB 148 will probably be set sometime this month. The
personal-protection bill was also filed by Rep. Michael Unes,
R-91st District, but HB 148 is the bill that is gaining the most
momentum.

The Family and Personal Protection Act has been sponsored in the
Senate by state Sen. Gary Forby, D-59th District. Senate Bill 82
and has been assigned to the Senate’s Public Health Committee.
Supporters are “pretty enthusiastic” of the chances of
concealed-carry legislation passing this year in the General
Assembly, accoding to to Larry Morse, who serves on the board of
directors of the Illinois State Rifle Association.

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