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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Illinois: New Rules Clarify And Simplify Right-To-Carry Law

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to remove some of the vagueness, ambiguity and complexity from Illinois’ Right-to-Carry law, which took effect last year. The original Illinois Right-to-Carry law, which was hastily written after a federal court in 2012 struck down the state’s total ban on concealed carry, contained several onerous provisions that Senate Bill 836, which took effect this month, sought to clean up.

Among other changes, the new legislation clarifies the Right-to-Carry permit application process by establishing that the privacy waiver that applicants must sign applies only to personal records—including criminal and psychiatric history—that directly affect an applicant’s qualification to carry. It adds an appeals process for those wrongfully denied. And it simplifies the legal requirement that a permit holder notify police during an investigative detainment by allowing him or her to show their permit.