No Firearms Allowed Signs Sure to Be Needed
Illinois recently became the last state in the nation to pass some sort of firearms carry law. A deadline set for July 10 by the 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals meant that states had to update their gun laws for be left without any, essentially.
A ban on carrying concealed firearms was found unconstitutional, and old Illinois gun laws would have been rendered invalid without new legislation.
Home to Chicago, where there have been a number of dangerous and fatal shootings recently, Illinois wanted to keep their citizens safe, and new Illinois gun laws were what they believe could do that.
The new law allows citizens with firearm ID cards, a background check, and training, to legally carry a concealed weapon. Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the law, wanted restrictions, such as restaurants posting no guns allowed signs for safety, but the State House and Senate representatives overrode the veto.
While the restaurant provision was defeated, there are many places where Illinois gun laws do not allow weapons. These places include schools, public transportation, and parks.
As the ink is still wet on the new Illinois gun laws, some think that effects of the laws won't be felt until 2014. The state will likely be flooded with applications to carry concealed weapons, and private business owners will have time to decide their own stance on customers with guns. As a private business, owners can simply post no firearms allowed signs outside of their business. Movies theaters and other crowed businesses could likely ban weapons, especially given tragedies like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting in 2012.
Illinois gun laws are restricted to allowing only residents who are 21 years or older, hold a firearm owner's ID card, and have not been convicted or found guilty of certain outlined violations, among other restrictions.Photo Credit: scottwwwwwww via Compfight cc