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New Illinois law: Where it's legal to carry a gun

A student uses a laser training pistol during an American Medical Resource Institute class to help train people for the new concealed carry law in Illinois. | John Konstantaras/For Sun-Times Media
A student uses a laser training pistol during an American Medical Resource Institute class to help train people for the new concealed carry law in Illinois. | John Konstantaras/For Sun-Times Media

The new concealed carry law goes into effect in the new year, but where it's OK to carry a gun might be a little more difficult to figure out. According to the Chicago Tribune:

"After a hard-fought battle, Illinois residents next month can begin applying for permits to carry concealed guns in public. But those who do could face another challenge: figuring out where it's legal to carry a firearm and where having a gun could land them in jail.

While the Illinois statute lays out nearly two dozen places where guns are prohibited — including schools, public parks, government offices and hospitals — it also includes caveats that might seem confusing, even contradictory, particularly to novice gun carriers.

For example, the law prohibits guns at events where there is a large gathering of people, like neighborhood street festivals. But it allows people with guns to walk through a public gathering on the way home, to work or to their car."

[Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune]

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