Sheriff Tom Dart has announced plans to propose a concealed carry measure for Cook County.
Illinois General Assembly has yet to come to a consensus on a law that
would legalize concealed carry in Illinois. State lawmakers have until June 9 to get a law on the books. If they fail to do so, constitutional carry would take effect, essentially allowing anyone with an Illinois firearms ID to walk around in public with a concealed gun.
said he's concerned there would be no regulation under such circumstances, and the state would
become the "Wild West", the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Dart's proposal, which would be a Cook County ordinance, would only go into effect if lawmakers did not meet the June 9 deadline and the court failed to grant them an extension.
Under his proposal, Dart would have the authority to grant or reject concealed carry licenses, and those seeking an
license would have to demonstrate the need to carry a gun in order to protect themselves. There would also be $300 fee for a concealed carry license under Dart's "may issue" ordinance.
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in December found the state's
concealed carry ban to be unconstitutional, ordering the state to
draft a new bill legalizing it by June 9. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court extended Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's deadline to appeal the runling to June 24.