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Concealed carry passes the Illinois House

Making huge progress today, a concealed carry bill passed the Illinois House and now moves on to the Senate. Making huge progress today, a concealed carry bill passed the Illinois House and now moves on to the Senate.
Illinois, the only state left without a conceal carry law, is one-step closer to granting that right to gun owners. Illinois, the only state left without a conceal carry law, is one-step closer to granting that right to gun owners.
Passing with 55 votes, the bill requires the most training in the nation, 16 hours. Passing with 55 votes, the bill requires the most training in the nation, 16 hours.
The bill has the strictest mental health requirements in the nation and will have the most expensive permit costs, totaling $150. The bill has the strictest mental health requirements in the nation and will have the most expensive permit costs, totaling $150.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Making huge progress today, a concealed carry bill passed the Illinois House and now moves on to the Senate.

The question now, could Illinois see a law passed before the June 9 deadline?

Illinois, the only state left without a conceal carry law, is one-step closer to granting that right to gun owners.

Larry Morse says he's ready to see passed into law.

"The benefit to Illinois overall would be pretty significant," Morse said.

Passing with 55 votes, the bill requires the most training in the nation, 16 hours.

"I would tell you, a lot of people need training," said Morse.

Morse is an instructor for the Heartland Training Team and knows the importance of being educated on firing a gun.

"I'd like those folks to know how to handle a gun safely, not hurt themselves, not hurt other people," said Morse. "I'm probably going to wind up training some people to qualify for their concealed carry license."

The bill has the strictest mental health requirements in the nation and will have the most expensive permit costs, totaling $150.

Robert Hill has been shooting guns all his life.

"I would go for it, yes," said Hill, a gun owner.

And, Hill says that he wants to see a bill that would erase local gun control ordinances, as this one does.

Wiping out local gun laws across the state is a positive for some gun activists.

"It needs to be carried statewide," said Hill.

The measure includes an expanded list of places where guns would be banned, including playgrounds, parks and college campuses.

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