(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois now has a concealed carry law on the books, but state Rep Brandon Phelps says that doesn't mean everyone will be allowed to carry a gun in public.
People must be trained and licensed before they can conceal a gun. There are also provisions in the law that prevent people with mental health issues and a criminal background from carrying a gun. The new law is effective immediately, but people won't actually be allowed to carry for at least six months. That's because State Police need to implement the carry program and put the training system in place. They have 180 days to do that, and then people can start applying for a carry license.