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Businesses react to new Illinois conceal carry law

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After months of legal wrangling in Springfield over who can carry a concealed weapon legally, the new law is in place. After months of legal wrangling in Springfield over who can carry a concealed weapon legally, the new law is in place.
On Tuesday the Illinois Senate voted 41-17 overriding Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of the bill. On Tuesday the Illinois Senate voted 41-17 overriding Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of the bill.
The Illinois House had already voted to override the the governor's veto by a vote of 77-31. The Illinois House had already voted to override the the governor's veto by a vote of 77-31.
MARION, IL (KFVS) -

After months of legal wrangling in Springfield over who can carry a concealed weapon legally, the new law is in place.

On Tuesday the Illinois Senate voted 41-17 overriding Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of the bill.

The Illinois House had already voted to override the the governor's veto by a vote of 77-31.

The vote on Tuesday did keep a few of the governor's rewrite of the bill, but it opened the door for many other options to gun owners once they get their conceal carry permit.

The most notable one, will allow people to carry a firearm into a restaurant or bar where alcohol sales make up less then 50 percent of its total sales.

"I don't know if that would be a good idea," said Ignacio Perez at Tequila's in Marion. "Because these days people are too crazy especially in the restaurants when they're drinking. They act crazy even with out a gun. So if they had a gun I don't know. I just don't even want to think what would happen."

"I don't feel that it's right to be able to carry a gun into a bar or any place where they serve alcohol," said Tina Holt at Bull Pen Lounge in Herrin. "There's already enough problems in a tavern trying to keep down the fights, much less with a gun being carried inside. It's very dangerous."

The three rewrites by the governor that the Illinois Senate kept in place are, anyone carrying a concealed firearm must tell police immediately when they're pulled over.

There will be no requirements for signage in places where firearms are already prohibited, such as schools and government buildings; and the bill will require a report to anyone who is declared mentally ill to the Illinois State Police.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stated he would continue to fight for a much more reasonable conceal carry law in Illinois.

The Illinois State Police says carrying a FOID card does not allow you to carry a concealed firearm legally.

You will still have to complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instructions.

The cost for a concealed carry permit will be $150, and it will be valid for five years.

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