Concealed Carry Reciprocity May Be Coming To Illinois

Illinois lawmakers are in the very early stages of writing a concealed carry reciprocity law. (WRSP)

Concealed carry reciprocity means if a gun owner has a permit to carry a gun in one state, the permit would be valid in another state. Illinois lawmakers are in the very early stages of writing a reciprocity law.

In regards to concealed carry reciprocity, avid gun users in central Illinois pose this question:

"If someone from Missouri comes across the river and they have a valid concealed carry permit in Missouri, why should they not be able to carry in Illinois?" John Jackson, owner of the Springfield Shooting Center, asked. "Since all 50 states have some type of concealed carry license permit."

Those in opposition have their own questions about the effectiveness of current law for concealed carry, if this one passes.

"Why would some go through 16 hours of training if they could mail order to get a concealed carry permit from Virginia or from Florida?" Asked Colleen Daley, executive director of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. "We want to make sure only the most qualified individuals who've gone through the training and know what they're doing are carrying firearms in our state."

Illinois allows legal gun owners from other states to carry their firearms in the trunk of their car when passing through the state, but some lawmakers think it's time to get on board with other states who have reciprocity.

"This still says that you have to have a background check," Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, said. “It still says you have to have firearm training. We're not trying to open this up to everyone. It's just trying to bring it in line with other states.”

Violators of the current law would be subject to a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

"We have state's rights for a reason," Daley said. "The general assembly passed the bill for a reason because they wanted to have a strict concealed carry law."

"It just adds continuity of law and keeps good law abiding people from unknowingly breaking the law," Jackson said.

Do you think Illinois should have concealed carry reciprocity?

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