MIKE TRYON ON CONCEALED CARRY

Rep. Tryon is an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and has been very outspoken in his support of concealed carry. His stance is simple: Guns aren’t the problem; gun violence is the problem, and budget dollars need to be spent to address gun violence.

Rep. Tryon voted in favor of HB183, a “shall issue” (rather than “may issue”) bill which provides Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Illinoisans while setting forth very specific gun-free zones and the strictest training requirements in the country. He considers the passage of HB183 to be the highlight of the 2013 session and a shining example of the positive progress that is possible when Republicans and Democrats work together and are willing to compromise.

The key provisions of the bill that gun rights advocates were able to achieve are:

  • A shall-issue bill (a may-issue law would have provided a great deal of flexibility for rejecting applications by law-abiding citizens)
  • No home rule exemption-HB183 sets one statewide standard with respect to concealed carry while invalidating inconsistent local regulations that were previously on the books
  • Licensees will require no special endorsement to carry within the City of Chicago
  • Strictly preempts authority of local governments to regulate the licensing, possession and registration of handguns and the transportation of guns
  • Law enforcement may only object to applications submitted by people who pose a danger to him/herself, to others, or are a threat to public safety

Provisions that were favorable to gun control advocates are:

  • Prohibits concealed carry of a firearm in certain locations, including schools, courthouses, government buildings, libraries, parks, public transportation, bars, stadiums and gambling venues
  • Training requirements for issuance of a concealed carry permit are the strictest in the country
  • Requires various professionals to report mental health concerns with individuals so they are not issued a permit
  • Permit holders must pass a criminal background check
  • Cities with existing assault weapons bans were able to keep those bans in place