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Did Illinois just ban or at least strictly limit concealed carry?

27 Apr , 2020  

Illinois Governor Pritzker has an executive order that will take effect on May 1st.

“Wearing a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face- covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.”

But at the same time, Illinois’ criminal code is quite clear about not being able to carry a weapon if you are wearing a face mask.

Sec. 24-1. Unlawful use of weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:

(9) Carries or possesses in a vehicle or on or about his or her person any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or firearm or ballistic knife, when he or she is hooded, robed or masked in such manner as to conceal his or her identity;  (this violation is a Class 4 Felony)

(720 ILCS 5/24-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 24-1)

So how does one comply with this order and carry a concealed handgun? Presumably you can still carry as long as you can guarantee that you won’t ever come within six feet of another person, but that might be somewhat difficult in stores and other places.

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5 Responses

  1. Fred Miller says:

    I assume that the Illinois Governor is a Democrat. How else could someone demand that his constuents do the impossible?

  2. Mick says:

    Oh come on! The executive order is requiring a face mouth and nose mask for illness transmission safety, NOT to conceal identity.

    “when he or she is hooded, robed or masked in such manner as to conceal his or her identity; “

    • johnrlott says:

      Sorry, but this order mentions nothing about the intent of the wearer. The issue is whether in practice the mask conceals the person’s identity.

  3. MR PATRIOT says:

    I hope that A G Willian Barr, Goes after this DemocRATic Hack, and put his fat ass behind bars. There is no way a legal gun owner can meet his stupid order.
    This is just one of many ways that these DemocRATic Hacks are taking away our Second Amendment rights, and an example is needed, so others will think twice before trying to do the same.

  4. Adam says:

    Write your name on the mask?

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