In Illinois, the existing legislative proposal requires specific training for applicants, but the sponsors could choose to leave that out, Pearson said. Another possibility, he said, is requiring training from any NRA instructor, as some states require. ‘‘You get certified and you’re out the door,’’ he said.
There also is likely to be debate over where concealed weapons can be carried. For example, Wisconsin decided that gun permit holders cannot carry weapons in schools, police stations or courtrooms but can carry weapons into taverns if they aren’t drinking alcohol. Private property owners can ban weapons in their buildings if they see fit.
Some gun control advocates believe their best chance is with the Supreme Court, despite recent rulings — including one overturning Chicago’s handgun ban — that found citizens have a Second Amendment right to have a gun for self-defense in their homes.
Flynn Currie said she is encouraged by the court’s silence on the right to carry concealed weapons and wants Madigan to appeal the ruling.
The Supreme Court’s rulings on the Second Amendment were ‘‘very limited, saying the home is your castle, and it didn’t apply to other places,’’ she said. ‘‘For that reason, it’s worth checking on that question.’’