The concealed-carry bill offered by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has 27 amendments filed by individual legislators, which spell out proposed rules covering the who, when and where of carrying a concealed gun.
Each of the amendments is expected to get an up-or-down vote.
Seventeen of the amendments would outlaw carrying a weapon at various categories of places. If all 17 make their way into the final law, concealed-carry essentially would be limited to public sidewalks. And even public sidewalks would be off-limits in some circumstances, such as during a parade.
Those 17 amendments would ban concealed-carry at these locations:
* State buildings
* Gaming facilities, including bars, restaurants and other local establishments that offer video poker and slot machines
* Hospitals and mental health facilities
* Stadiums and arenas
* Amusement parks
* Zoos and museums
* On buses and trains that are part of public transportation
* Colleges and universities
* Establishments that serve alcohol
* Any "organized public gathering" such as street fairs, protests, parades, concerts, farmers markets, carnivals or other "temporary special events" that require a city or county permit
* Any private property where the owner, operator or manager chooses to prohibit concealed weapons
* Inside a person's vehicle
* Parks, playgrounds and recreational areas
* Child-care facilities
One amendment would require an applicant to submit to a psychological fitness evaluation by a licensed psychiatrist or licensed clinical psychologist, who would have to certify that the applicant "is not a danger to himself, herself, or to others," does not "lack the mental capacity to manage his or her own affairs" and "does not have a state of mind manifested by violent, suicidal, threatening, or assaultive behavior that poses a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others at the time of the evaluation or in the future."
One amendment would require a license holder to secure a $1 million liability insurance policy covering "any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of the firearm" while it is owned by that person. That amendment also states that a person "shall be deemed the owner of a firearm after the firearm is lost or stolen until the loss or theft is reported" to police.
One amendment would require applicants to complete 20 hours of classroom education and 20 hours of training at a shooting range. The license would have to be renewed every five years, with another five hours of classroom education and five hours of range training.
Under that amendment, the applicant would be required to answer at least 70 percent of questions correctly in a classroom test. Also, a license would be denied if the applicant "failed to hit the silhouette portion of the target with 70 percent of the rounds fired" during the range training.
One amendment would make the law a "shall issue" law, where the state would be required to issue a license to anyone who meets certain criteria.
A competing amendment would make Illinois a "may issue" state. It would require that an applicant show "a special need for self-protection," and the local sheriff would have to approve an applicant's license.
The "shall issue" and "may issue" amendments both list some common requirements for receiving a license, including:
* The applicant has to be at least 21.
* The applicant must have a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card.
* The applicant must not have received residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism or alcohol detoxification within the past five years. The applicant also must not have any convictions or supervision for driving under the influence.
One amendment would allow any county or municipality to further restrict concealed-carry.