GRANITE CITY — Reservations are due by Wednesday, June 18, for a program on the state's new conceal and carry law.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons will be the guest speaker from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Granite City Housing Authority Community Room, 2517 Nameoki Road for the workshop designed to answer questions about the state's concealed firearms law. The Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the program.
Reservations can be made at (618) 876-6400. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members.
On July 9, 2013, after much litigation and political wrangling, Illinois became the last state in the country to allow carrying firearms in public. Prior to the 2013 legislative session, legislators in both chambers from both parties had presented, but failed to pass, a concealed carry law — resulting in Illinois being the only state that banned the practice.
Last winter, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down the Illinois law prohibiting concealed carry as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The court gave the legislature 180 days to craft a bill permitting individuals to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense.
The negotiations over concealed carry remained a focal point of the 2013 spring legislative session. Numerous versions of the bill were filed and debated. A law was eventually enacted after the General Assembly passed a bill on the final day of the regular spring session and overrode the governor's amendatory veto during a special summer session. The Firearm Concealed Carry Act ("the Act") became effective on July 9, 2013, mere hours before the seventh circuit's deadline.