The new legislation requires a background check and 16 hours of firearms training to purchase a $150 five-year concealed-carry license; as a "shall-issue" law, Illinois State Police must grant the license to anyone with those credentials.
Illinois faced a Tuesday deadline to adopt a concealed-carry provision after a federal appeals court ruled in December 2012 that the state's ban on concealed-carry was unconstitutional.
Joliet Patch readers took to our Facebook page to give their reaction to the legislation. Here's just some of what they had to say:
- Ray S.: An armed society is a polite society.
- Charles C.: Good idea. Now the good law abiding citizens can protect them selfs.
- Larry H.: Its about time
- Julie V.: I hate guns but...I think its a good idea to b able to have a gun to protect yourself from these hoodlums that are shooting innocent people
- Anthony J.: Scared.
- Philip L.: I think the conceal and carry law will reduce crime.
- Sheri S. Dislike!!!
- Marcia J.: Getting like the wild west.
- Jim "tommy Boy" K.: Bad guy sticks up a store I'm in, now I get to shoot him before he shoots someone else. THANK YOU FOR LETTING US PROTECT OURSELVES!!!
- Stephanie S.: I think the crime rate will drop for sure. It'll be good to have people to help out the system.
- Loren P-M: Whoop, whoop! Finally!
- Aprille R.: Maybe just maybe .... those that are criminals will think twice before they attack .... do they have a gun? Probably not because most criminals lack intelligence