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Illinois enacts nation's final concealed-gun law

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has become the final state in the nation to allow the public possession of concealed guns, just ahead of a federal appeals court's deadline.

The state Senate voted 41-17 Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the concealed carry legislation lawmakers sent him. The House took the same action earlier in the day.

It was the day Quincy gun owner Clive Courty had been waiting for. "It's about time, Illinois being the last state to climb on board with concealed carry, it's very good news," he said.

A gun owner himself, Courty says Illinois' prior restrictions have been more than annoying."I have concealed carry permits for almost every state in the union, except my own state."

Courty says he'll be applying for that permit, but Deputy Chief Curt Kelty with the Quincy Police Department says that's going to be a while.

"State police have one hundred eighty days to make applications available, so we've got the one hundred eighty day time period there, and then they have 90 days to approve them." 

Besides waiting up to nine months, there's also a 150 dollar fee, and a 16 hours of firearms training required before getting your permit. Courty says gun owners will need to continue to have patience.

"I guess we'll all just wait to see what the courses involve, and who's going to give them before we rush into anything."

Kelty says -just because it's legal - doesn't mean people can carry everywhere. Places like schools, bars and hospitals are still off limits. And he says - while everything is getting set up at the state level - make sure you know the ins and outs of the law, and make sure you're familiar with what's going on at this time.

"Don't jump into things and assume that it allows you to carry a firearm right away, because obviously it doesn't." 

Officials expect 300,000 people will apply for permits in the first year.
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