Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is still reviewing the concealed carry measure approved by state lawmakers this spring. The legislation includes a provision requiring hands-on training, which is something those on both sides of the gun debate say is important.
Illinois is the lone state that prohibits people from carrying guns in public, but that might not be the case much longer. A federal court opinion strikes down the state's ban.
"“It means that in 2013 Illinois will join 49 other states and we will have a law to allow people to carry handguns for self-defense outside the home,” said Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association.
Vandermyde has been lobbying legislators for years to pass a concealed carry law. Now, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given the General Assembly 180 days to pass one.