SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS — Legislation introduced in Illinois would provide a half-off discount for veterans when applying for their state concealed carry permit. The cost for residents, currently $150, would be knocked down to $75 for veterans.
The bill, HB6111, is currently making its way through the House.
Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) is sponsoring legislation. “This bill is a way to give back to those who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” Rep. Bourne explains.
Illinois became the last state in the Country to allow concealed carry, which became law in July of 2013. The process to begin filing applications began a few months later. State police granted 55,486 permits in 2015 statewide, compared to 95,546 in 2014.