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Illinois’ New Concealed Gun Law — the Illinois State Bar Association Offers Important Information

Question: Does Illinois’ new concealed carry gun law mean I can now carry a handgun in public? Answer: Until an application process has been established, concealed carry is still illegal in Illinois. Bear in mind that the new law has restrictions. It will prohibit the carrying of loaded weapons in schools, parks, government facilities, public gathering spots such as parades and festivals, libraries, museums or zoos, public transportation, bars or restaurants where more than half of the business is alcohol sales, and other public places. Several municipalities have already enacted their own ordinances to ban assault weapons, which is allowable under the law. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit