Chicago -- Illinois law officers say the state's
current ban on concealed weapons remain in effect despite the Legislature's
passage of a new law.
The Illinois State Police, Illinois
Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Illinois Sheriff's Association issued
a public safety advisory Thursday in response to public inquiries.
Current Illinois law prohibits the carrying of an
immediately accessible or loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle
regardless of whether it is concealed. Violators are subject to arrest.
Illinois was forced to change
the law after a federal appeals court panel struck down the ban.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
an extra 30 days to lift its ban on concealed weapons. That allows Gov. Pat
Quinn to review the law as allowed by Illinois'
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