ROYALTON, IL (KFVS) - The clock is ticking down on Illinois' Legislators to pass a new law making it legal for people in Illinois to carry a concealed weapon.
While lawmakers continue debating the wording in proposals, many people across Southern Illinois are learning how to use a firearm to protect themselves.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled back on December 7, that the ban on conceal carry in Illinois was unconstitutional. And the court gave legislators 180 days to pass a new law lifting the ban.
Now that deadline date of June 9 is fast approaching. And if legislators do nothing, things will change in Illinois on the conceal carry issue.
"It's my understanding that it reverts to a FOID Carry. So if you already have a valid FOID Card then you would be eligible to start carrying at that point," said NRA Training Instructor Mike Corkran.
The two proposals that have been presented and voted down have two very different terms on someone getting a conceal carry permit.
Chicago Democrat Rep. Kelly Cassidy's proposal carried a "may issue" clause.
Which that would allow whoever is reviewing the applications for the permit could deny or approve the application without any reason.
The other proposal by Democrat Rep. Brandon Phelps carried a "shall issue" clause.
That would allow anyone who has meet the requirements and qualifications for a conceal carry permit would be allowed to do so. Unless that person didn't pass a back ground check or some other reason.
"The folks from Chicago want to do the "may issue" bill," said Larry Morse with the Illinois Rifle Association. "And in my opinion it is so that Chicago and Cook County specifically can be denied a concealed carry permit by the sheriff, and indeed I think they will be."
Some gun owners want legislators to pass something that protects everyone's rights.
"Everybody does need some training, there's so much involved legally and psychologically," said Jeff Davidson of West Frankfort. "It's a heavy burden when it comes down to protecting your family."
Now Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time on deciding whether or not she wants to appeal the appellate courts ruling.
Her deadline on making a decision one way or another is May 23, she has asked for an extension too June 24.