News

Conceal Carry to Present Challenges

Conceal Carry to Present Challenges

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Police and legislators say the state’s concealed carry law will provide some challenges to law enforcement and those licensed to carry a weapon.

The biggest challenge may be for permit holders to remember where they can and cannot carry a concealed weapon. Nearly two dozen places are off limits, such as schools and government buildings, along with any private business that posts a sign banning firearms.

State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) says it’s the license holder’s responsibility to be aware of these restrictions. “If they’re carrying in an area that they can’t, then they may lose that license, they may be fined, it may be taken away or revoked and in some cases, it may draw a (unlawful use of a weapon) charge,” Mautino said.

License holders will also have to present that license to any police officer when asked. Illinois State Police say they’re trained to assume a weapon may be present during any encounter, but officers will be more cautious once licenses are issued.

Recent Headlines

12 hours ago in Local

Multiple Accident Ties Up Traffic: Police Cite Driver With Medical Emergency

ambulance

A multiple accident ties up traffic in Springfield during morning rush hour.

12 hours ago in Local

Home Health Care Advocates Beg Governor Rauner To Keep Overtime

SEIU_Healthcare

Advocates of Home Health Care push for Governor Rauner to reconsider banning overtime

17 hours ago in Local

Springfield-Based Ag Manufacturer Takes Over Utah Company

brandt fertilizer

A Springfield-based agriculture products manufacturer is on the move once again to expand its portfolio.

17 hours ago in Local

Former Springfield Administrator Officially Out in Galesburg

Tammie Bolden WGIL

A former Springfield school principal and teacher is officially now out of a job at the place she left the capital for.

17 hours ago in Local

McCann: Hard to Get Leaders’ Attention

2-3-16 McCann

State Senator Sam McCann says it would be nice if he could go in and say he wants to vote right now on a budget, but that's not the reality.