Court: Out-Of-State Residents Can Bring Guns Into Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — A controversial state Supreme Court ruling says people who can legally carry guns in other states can bring their firearms into Illinois.

The court ruled Thursday in favor of an Indiana man who was arrested with a gun in the closed backseat arm rest of his car.

Leonard Holmes was arrested in May 2005. He had a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Indiana, but was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon because he lacked a Firearm Owners Identification card and did not have the gun in a case.

The Supreme Court ruling says a license is not required to transport a gun into Illinois.

A bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is also pending in the state House of Representatives.

Last month, the House Agriculture Committee passed a concealed carry bill by a vote of 12-2. But the committee is dominated by downstate pro-gun rights lawmakers, and the bill must pass the full state General Assembly.

Last year, long-standing handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park were rendered unenforceable by the U.S. Supreme Court. The City Council quickly passed the new ordinance to replace the gun ban, which ordinance limits gun purchases to one per month, bans gun shops in city limits and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages.

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  • Zach Bohlman

    I love the file photo of a dark, sinister individual pointing a firearm (most journalists avoid using “gun” as it is more inflammatory) at the viewer. Sorry boys and girls. More weapons in the hands of responsible people always equates to less violent crime. It’s just common sense. E criminals don’t buy their guns at stores nor do they bother with permits. To place these limits on the public, people who follow the rules aren’t the ones you should worry about, is asinine.

    • Rick

      So the court says one thing and the “authorities” get around it by passing other laws which in effect makes owning a gun so restrictive that its not within the “means” of an individual to keep and bear arms… “uninfrindged”

    • john

      Say what? Everyone here in St. Louis has a pistol, they just end up getting stolen. The city is awash in guns and the sounds of people popping off rounds. Two white working class guys just shot each other after arguing about something in another neighborhood.

      In the end it doesn’t matter, the cats out of the bag (too many guns). The concealed carry idiots obviously have never been held up. Carry one if you want, but it’s a freakin’ joke.

  • Pat N

    I applaud the Ill. Supreme Court on this. ALL law abiding citizens who hold a licence for conceal to carry should be allowed to carry a gun in any State! The bad guys love it when the law abiding citizen is prohibited from owning and carrying a gun, butter hunting for them. And I hate to shake you up kids, but our Law Enforcement cannot protect us all the time.Think about this, if one legal gun owner had used their gun in AZ. to stop that shooter, how many lives could have been saved? What we need to do is provide better (cost effective) training for those who choose to carry.

  • John Q Public

    How many times has a gun saved someone’s life, or shouting to a home invader that “I have a gun and will use it” has persuaded them to change their mind about breaking in to that person’s house or apartment. Those stories are not and cannot be reported, my brother and his friend were saved from a beating or worse by an armed gang with bats and all kinds of weapons by my father with his 9 MM and my neighbor with his 12 gauge shotgun! You cannot report that, but it happens every single day across America, but the anti gun politicians and media will never give gun ownership a fair shake. If Chicago is so damn safe why does every front yard and back yard have a wrought iron fence around it, 40 square feet of front yard, 5 foot wrought iron fence surrounding it. Crime is down, love the politicians and media talking about that, any relationship to the fact that most of the public housing projects have been torn down, low income, thugs now live in suburbs, Aurora, Elgin, Joilet, etc. Is crime down there??? Why don’t you people do some real reporting, facts and not editorials.

  • Bruce V

    The article ends with “The City Council quickly passed the new ordinance to replace the gun ban, which ordinance limits gun purchases to one per month, bans gun shops in city limits and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages.”

    The people of Illinois should rid themselves of hack politicians the INFRINGE upon their Second Amendment RIGHTS. What a bunch of schemers you have elected.

  • Centurion

    FINALLY, the most sensible law Illinois has passed in years. It still does not appease us citizens because Quinn abolished the death penalty.

  • Paddy Bauler

    The story is wrong, the Supreme Court decision does NOT involve carrying a gun, only transporting it.

  • Evergreen

    What the $@#% kind of pretzel logic is this decision? You can carry a gun if you don’t live here?

    • Guest

      People in every other state are more mature and have better self control. They can be trusted and have more rights. One day, if we behave, we might become first class citizens, too!

  • La'keisha

    I say we should all be able to conceal and carry. For one, I’d feel safer if some thug decided to rape me or break into my home- I’d be able to defend myself and my family. All those people who illegally obtained weapons wouldn’t pose harm on me, especially in an area where the police think it’s a joke when I call them for help or when I see a drug transaction (I live in district 16, btw). Conceal and carry all the way!

  • Gordon

    Let responsible citizens carry guns and be able to protect themselves in this state. I would advocate a training program for persons that want to carry, unless they already have had prior training like former; military, military police, etc. Almost EVERY other state allows concealed carry. Illinois needs to pass this, so it is not just the criminals that carry guns.

  • Mr. Justice


    House Bill 148, ” The Family and Personal protection Safety Act” (right to carry) is up for the 3rd Reading in the House.

    It now has 38 co-sponsors and it appears that there are more than 71 committed votes. “71” is important because that is the super majority that is required to make the Bill veto proof and also prevents the City of Chicago from suing to eliminate the “no exemptions” clause which prevents home rule communities from passing an ordinance barring concealed carry.

    All of us that are involved in pushing this through, need your help.

    This is not the time to sit on the sidelines and say “it’s never going to happen, why bother?”

    The fact is we are close. very close.

    If you have ever been at the scene of a great tragedy, car wreck, house fire, or maybe a tornado, there are always people who rush in and do what is necessary to help the victims until help arrives.

    There are others who stand on the sidelines watching in stoic silence while still others wring their hands in anguish and ask why no one is doing anything.

    That’s the situation that we are in right now.

    Each of you needs to decide who you are and what role you are going to take.

    If you believe in the 2nd Amendment guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, now is the time to come to our aid.

    We need you to stop standing on the sidelines and stop wishing for someone to do something.

    Call your State Representative and State Senator and tell them that you want to them to co-sponsor House Bill 148 and vote in favor of it.

    If you do not know who your Representative or Senator is, follow this link:

  • Doug

    Someday, hopefully, Illinois residents will be able to protect their own lives with legally held and carried firearms.

    Not hopeful yet, with the new Mayor of Chicago an anti-gun fanatic.

  • Roger Drew Williams

    When seconds count, a cop is just minutes away.
    PS My concealed weapons permit (PA) is valid in 25 states.

  • Kev

    I carry a gun for the protection of myself and my family. When I”m not carrying it, I keep it locked in a safe that requires my fingerprint to open it. Most likely, I’ll never need to use it for anything other than target practice but it’s better to always have it and never need it than to not have it the once time I do need it. I will never live in a state or community that doesn’t recognize the second amendment.

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