Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:07 am
Illinois gun owners who've been denied a concealed carry permit can appeal. But instead of going through the courts, Illinois' Attorney General wants a state panel to decide those cases.
There are about 200 concealed carry denials before Illinois courts, brought by people who say they shouldn't have been deemed dangerous or a threat to public safety by Illinois' Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.
Until recently, applicants didn't actually know why they were rejected.
State law requires all public and private schools across all levels of education report when a student is determined to pose a clear and present danger within 24 hours. Western Illinois University is updating its gun policy to better reflect that stipulation.
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.