Verschoore-Backed Concealed Carry Measure Passes Committee

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

On Tuesday, state Rep. Pat Verschoore (D-Milan) voted to pass a measure that would allow for licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons in the state of Illinois out of the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

“For too long Illinois has been punishing the law-abiding gun owners of our state by denying them the opportunity to carry concealed weapons,” said Verschoore. “We are one step closer to making concealed carry a reality in Illinois. It is time for Illinois to catch up with the 48 other states that allow this practice and affirm the rights of responsible gun owners to carry concealed weapons.”

House Bill 148, which is co-sponsored by Verschoore, creates the Family and Personal Protection Act and sets forth a strict series of qualifications for county sheriffs to issue concealed carry permits. The following requirements are included in the proposed law: the applicant must be 21 years of age; the applicant must go through training; and restrictions are applied to unfit applicants, primarily criminals and the mentally unsound.  In addition, the legislation would not allow concealed firearms inside police stations, prisons, government offices, courthouses, bars, airports, schools, riverboats, amusement parks, arenas, stadiums and churches.

 “While I am pleased with this initial step, I recognize that we still have quite a battle ahead of us to get concealed carry enacted into law in Illinois,” said Verschoore. “It is for this very reason that we need to be actively demonstrating our support. I believe that all law-abiding citizens should have the right to keep and bear firearms, and will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this right.”  

For more information on this legislation, please contact Verschoore’s constituent services office at (309) 558-3612.