As the first crop of Illinois gun owners receive concealed carry permits this week, the state’s gun rights lobbyists are already vowing to push the law even further in the coming months.
Gun rights supporters rallied in the state’s capital of Springfield Wednesday morning for the group’s annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day. The Associated Press reports IGOLD participants want state lawmakers to relax restrictions on where gun owners can take their concealed weapons to include currently banned places like parks, libraries and aboard mass transit.
After its long-standing ban on concealed carry was struck down last year, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed firearms. About 50,000 people have applied for permits since Illinois State Police began accepting applications in early January and about 5,000 have already been approved, the Sun-Times reports.