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Concealed Carry Law Handbook

January 16, 2014

A concealed carry law (CCL) governs the practice of carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) – usually a handgun – in public, either on one's person or in close proximity.While Illinois law previously restricted the manner by which gun owners transported their firearms, the concealed carry law eliminated those restrictions by allowing individuals to apply for special license to carry loaded, concealed handguns in most public places.