On Tuesday, March 8th, 2011, the Illinois House Agriculture and Conservation Committee passed House Bill 148 which would allow Illinois sheriffs to issue concealed carry permits to people that have passed the set requirements. It still needs to pass with 71 votes which could be as soon as next Tuesday. It has failed in the past but seems they have a lot more votes this time around. We’ll definitely be keeping our eye on this.
Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Permits the county sheriff to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements. Requires an applicant for a permit to have completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom instruction and live firing exercises. Preempts home rule. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.