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Illinois stands alone in banning concealed carry

Wisconsin's governor says he'll sign the state's conceal and carry law making Illinois only state left in the country that bars people from carrying concealed firearms.

Many in Illinois hoped 2011 would be the year Illinoisans were allowed to carry a concealed firearm.

"There were a lot of people who were hopeful, looks like this year wasn't the year," said concealed-carry supporter John Gulley.

The bill that would have allowed it in Illinois didn't even get on the house floor.

"They had it in a committee that was all Chicago people and it wasn't coming out of there," said state Senator Gary Forby of Benton.

Now, Illinois is the only state in the country that does not allow some form of concealed carry. Which police say travelers should to keep in mind.

"We're very specific. If you're traveling with a gun through Illinois it has to be in a case and unloaded," said Illinois State Police Trooper David Sneed.

Sparta, Illinois is home to the World Shooting Complex; the irony of which is not lost on Gulley.

"It's probably the premier shooting complex in the United States in a state with the most restrictive gun laws."

Shooters come from all over the country with firearms along for the ride to compete in the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships every summer. But Forby says if they take the wrong route even competitive shooters can get caught up in Illinois' gun laws.

"They got a special way to carry a shooting gun, some of these guys they come from Oklahoma or Wisconsin and drive thru Chicago, they're illegal," Forby said.

"It creates problems for people traveling through Illinois," said Gulley. "I don't know if it's the case, but it kind of makes you wonder if people would avoid traveling through Illinois because of our strict gun laws. Let's make it fair, the same in all 50 states."

That's a point Senator Forby says he'll make next legislative session.

"We're not going to give up on it," Forby said. "We're going back next year and we're going to work on it some more. Sooner or later, we're gonna get it."

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