The NRA reports that a ominous bill is being presented in the Illinois State Legislature. This bill would introduce tougher penalties for using a gun in a crime, but-worse than that- impose a 3 to 10 year minimum prison sentence for carrying a gun without a permit or possessing a gun without a firearm owners identification card.
Most states would label the previous offense as a misdemeanor. Other states do not require a permit for openly carrying firearms, and in a few states some do not require a permit for concealed carry. Illinois alone is the state that requires a permit to just own a gun.
Here is the press release from the NRA-ILA:
House Bill 2265, sponsored by state Representative Michael Zalewski (D-23), is poised to create and impose harsh mandatory minimum felony penalties ranging from three to ten years in prison for those who carry a firearm without a Concealed Carry License (CCL) or possess a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID).
This specific provision incorrectly targets otherwise law-abiding citizens, rather than deterring violent criminals with harsher penalties.