State Rep. seeks to reduce Concealed Carry Fee for Veterans

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SPRINGFIELD – Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is sponsoring legislation (HB6111) that would provide one-half priced concealed carry permit fees for veterans in Illinois.

According to a statement released by Representative Bourne, the cost for a new license or renewal for Illinois residents is $150 for five years. The discount from the legislation would be applied to the cost of those new licenses and renewal fees.

“This bill is a way to give back to those who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” Rep. Bourne explains.

The concealed carry law in Illinois currently states that an individual must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Applicant is at least 21 years old.
  • Has a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
  • Has not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years.
  • Has not had 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years.
  • Are not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm.
  • Has not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.

“Illinoisans are proud of their veterans, and this is another way that citizens can say ‘thank you’ to them,” Bourne adds.

Representative Bourne also encourages veterans, and any residents, to call her office in Litchfield at 217-324-5200 if they need assistance applying for a concealed carry license. She does note that anyone calling should have already completed their training before contacting her.

Further information about House Bill 6111 can be found here.

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