- Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 05:00 PM
State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) is continuing his efforts to expand concealed-carry laws in Illinois.
Legislation Forby passed out of the Senate Wednesday, Senate Bill 553, would allow non-resident military service members who are stationed in Illinois the ability to apply for concealed carry licenses. It would also allow those who are valid concealed-carry license holders, as well as off-duty law enforcement officials, to carry a handgun while deer hunting.
“I believe in Second Amendment rights and I intend to uphold that constitutional right for the citizens of Illinois,” Forby said. “When concealed carry was first signed into law in 2013, I knew we had a victory. Nonetheless, there is still work to do on this issue. This bill is about continuing the work we started, and protecting the rights granted to every citizen in this great state.”
Forby, who was the Senate sponsor of the concealed-carry legislation that was signed into law in 2013, has been a strong voice on Second Amendment rights in Illinois
.Currently, non-residents may only apply for a non-resident concealed-carry license if they are from a state that has firearms laws that are substantially similar to Illinois firearms laws. This measure would allow active-duty military members to apply regardless of their home state’s laws.
The measure, Senate Bill 553, passed the Senate on Wednesday with a vote of 53 to 0. It now goes to the House for consideration.