Following a string of recent domestic terrorist events, State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) has sponsored legislation to enable out-of-state armed service personnel to concealed-carry in Illinois.
"The tragic attack last week which claimed the lives of five marines and sailors, should serve as a reminder that we must all remain vigilant. Sadly, we live in a world where terrorism does not just reside in New York or Washington, D.C., but it has taken up roots in America's heartland," LaHood said. "I am hoping that we can extend our concealed-carry provisions to out-of-state military personnel so they will be able to better protect themselves and others."
LaHood sponsored Senate Bill 2150, which allows out-of-state military personnel to apply for the newly-enacted Illinois concealed-carry primary. Military personnel are obviously highly trained when it comes to the usage of firearms and "deadly force."
The legislation would allow active duty and the spouses of active duty military personnel to obtain Illinois conceal-carry permits. All military personnel would be subject to the same provisions of the Act that any other Illinois resident would be subject to in terms of background checks and verification of duty statuses.
Additionally, the bill would allow the military personnel to have Illinois concealed-carry licenses renewed at the current prices.
Senate Bill 2150 was introduced on June 30 and has three legislative cosponsors.