Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon unveiled a 10-point checklist for concealed carry legislation.
Simon announced the checklist at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta as a culmination of her Firearms Working Group.
She says the group really tried to cut through the rhetoric in the debate.
"The group has done exactly what I hoped it would, and that is to set aside the extreme positions that we often get from organized groups on any particular side, and get to some folks who have some real experience with this," Simon says.
Illinois lawmakers have until June to pass some sort of concealed carry law.
Constitutionality – The law must uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Basic Qualifications – Concealed carry permits should be issued only to adult Illinois residents with a valid FOID card.
Funding – The law should establish a fund of user fees to finance concealed carry permit applications and renewals.
Permitting Authority – State police should be the permitting authority for concealed carry and should maintain a database of permits issued.
Local Input – Sheriffs, local law enforcement should give to state police information about a concealed carry applicant that might pose a safety risk should he/she be allowed to carry a concealed gun.
Background Checks – Comprehensive criminal record checks and investigations into mental health, substance abuse or domestic violence histories should be examine prior to the issuing of an applicant’s permit.
Firearm Training – Permit applicants should be required to complete a firearm safety and live fire training program in receiving or renewing permits.
Permits – Lost, stolen, or damaged permits should be reported to authorities in a timely manner.
Sensitive Places – Concealed firearms should be prohibited in schools and other certain public places, consistent with U.S. Supreme Court guidance. Private property owners should also have the power to forbid concealed weapons on their property.
Violations – Applicants who violate the law or make false statements to obtain a permit should be subject to criminal penalties.