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Illinois Ends Last-in-Nation Ban on Carrying Concealed Guns

Illinois lifted its prohibition against concealed firearms as lawmakers rejected an effort by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn to restrict guns in public places.

The nation’s fifth-largest state will now join the other 49 in letting citizens carry hidden guns, as dictated by a Dec. 11 federal court finding that Illinois’s ban was unconstitutional. Quinn on July 2 made changes to the approved bill, inserting limits on the ammunition capacity of gun magazines, restoring the right of local governments to enact restrictions and prohibiting firearms in bars or restaurants that sell alcohol.