Lawmakers push for concealed-carry changes

Published 02/17 2014 05:44PM

Updated 02/17 2014 06:23PM

SPRINGFIELD -- As the General Assembly gets back in the swing of things, many lawmakers want to make changes to the state's concealed-carry law. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue want to make changes.

Pro-gun legislators would like to see some of the restrictions lessened. The law requires 16 hours of training; the most in the country. They'd like to see that decreased.

On the other side, some gun control advocates would like to see more places added to the list where a weapon is prohibited.

Republican State Senator Sam McCann is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Even though he'd like to see some changes, he says it's still too soon.

State police are taking applications for concealed-carry permits now. The first permits are expected in April.

Many say changes need to be made because the state was in a rush to pass the law initially, but the sponsor of the original law says people shouldn't be rushing to change it back.

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