As Illinois lawmakers wrestle with devising a concealed carry law for the state, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is offering a checklist of ten things that she says have to be a part of the discussion.
Simon has formed a working group of lawmakers to research the issue, and says that has led to the list of essential components of any new law. She says first on the list is to make sure a concealed carry law complies with the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
But she also says it must include a training component, it must give local law enforcement the ability to have input into potentially dangerous applicants for a permit, and it must be able to pay for itself. Simon says she doesn’t know yet how expensive a permit would have to be to cover the cost of background checks and processing applications.