052813br0566rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) was one of 45 senators who supported a bipartisan-backed measure that would allow licensed residents to carry a firearm on them or in their vehicle.

“I’ve said for months that Illinois is an anomaly and that I would only support a concealed-carry proposal that was negotiated by both sides,” Manar said. “The bill we passed today evolved after months of debate and I think the result is a fair bill that meets the requirements set forth by the federal courts and ensures that responsible gun owners can exercise their constitutional rights.”

The proposal passed 45-12-1.

Overview of House Bill 183:

•    Shall Issue – Creates a shall issue concealed carry license that is valid throughout the State for 5 years.
•    Objects – If law enforcement finds a person is a danger or threat to public safety, they can object to an application and that objection will be reviewed by a 7 member Board made up of federal judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and a mental health professional.
•    Prohibited Places – It lists various prohibited places like schools, government buildings, hospitals, bars, and parks.
•    Safe Haven – A person with a license will have a safe haven in his or her car if the firearm is locked in a case or in a truck.
•    Preemption – Prohibits towns from further restricting any issue related to concealed carry, transportation of firearms by FOID Card holders, and any new assault weapons bans.
•    Mental Health – Requires very strict mental health reporting so that people with mental health issues cannot get a FOID Card and possess a firearm.

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