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State rifle association chief: Concealed-carry law ‘a starting point’

Updated: August 12, 2013 11:56AM

Will County Board member Don Moran, D-Romeoville, who is president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said fallout from the state’s new concealed-carry law will have to be monitored closely to see what changes are needed.

“It’s a good starting point,” he said of the law, which was kept intact on Tuesday when the Legislature overrode amendatory veto changes by Gov. Pat Quinn.

“We’re going to look at it and watch how it works the first couple of years and see what works in the bill and what doesn’t work in the bill,” Moran said. “It’s a big, big change in the state of Illinois, so there’s going to be an education process.”

He said the ISRA’s biggest concern with the bill right now is how many places will prohibit concealed weapons.

“It’s just to the point where it’s confusing,” he said. “A lot of the 16 hours of training people are required to go through is going to have to concentrate on where you can carry and where you can’t carry.”

For instance, concealed weapons will not be allowed in schools, which “makes sense,” Moran said. But a park district can ban guns only if it does not have trails. If it has trails, it has to allow concealed carry on them, he said.

“There’s all these little nuances about the law that are going to be difficult for people,” he said.

Moran cautioned concealed-carry proponents to be patient because it could take up to six months to implement rules associated with concealed carry of firearms and three months to get a concealed-carry permit.

“They’re still violating people’s rights for another nine months,” Moran said, referring to the federal appellate court ruling that said the state’s ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional.

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