Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Establishes statewide uniform standards for the issuance of permits to carry concealed firearms in this State. Vests in the Department of State Police the authority to issue concealed firearms permits to qualified applicants. Requires an applicant to complete a training course in handgun use, safety, and marksmanship. Also requires instruction in the law relating to firearm use. Creates the Citizen Safety and Self-Defense Trust Fund administered by the Department. The moneys in the Fund shall be used to administer the Act. Establishes restrictions on carrying concealed firearms. Establishes standards for the training course and for certifying instructors. Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Family and Personal Protection Act supersedes an ordinance of a unit of local government inconsistent with that Act. Prohibits a home rule unit from regulating the issuance of permits to carry concealed firearms. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Exempts, from an unlawful use of weapons and aggravated unlawful use of weapons violation, persons who carry or possess firearms in accordance with the Family and Personal Protection Act. Effective immediately.
Housing Affordability Impact Note (Housing Development Authority)
This bill will have no effect on the cost of constructing, purchasing, owning, or selling a single-family residence.
HB 245 will not impact any public pension fund or retirement system in Illinois.
Land Conveyance Appraisal Note (Dept. of Transportation)
No land conveyances are included in this bill, therefore, there are no appraisals to be filed.
Fiscal Note (Dept of Corrections)
HB 245 has no fiscal impact
Correctional Note (Dept of Corrections)
HB 245 has no corrections population impact
State Debt Impact Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
HB 245 would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level of State indebtedness.
Fiscal Note (Illinois State Police)
HB 245 would require development of an application and review procedures. The State would incur costs for applications and actual cards that would be issued under the Act. Additional costs for modifying computer databases, document review and storage would also occur. The lllinois State Police Academy firearms training estimates it would take a four to five member staff two weeks to develop a standardized training course for applicants to insure they meet the requirements of the Act (lllinois State Police Academy costs unknown). Firearms & Information Resources Bureau (FIRB) would need additional personnel and equipments as follows: two additional personnel and equipment required for verification, identification and issuance of cards to applicants (approximately $120,000.00 salary/benefits funding required). One additional person to process and review appeals by denied applicants and revoked permits holders in a mandated 30 day period (approximately $60,000.00 salary/benefits funding required). Additional cost to change any brochures or information publication. A fund to help pay for this act would be created using application and renewal fees; however, until fees are collected there would be no funds available to initially develop and implement the program. Unknown revenues due to unknown applicants; however, there would be start up fees regardless of applicants: (1) FOID Mainframe and database modification = $350,000; (2) Application to apply development = $20,000; (3) 4 personnel = $240,000; (4) PC Hardware/software for 4 personnel = $20,000; Total Estimated Start Up Costs = $630,000.
State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
HB 245 does not create a State mandate under the State Mandates Act.
Home Rule Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
HB 245 does not pre-empt home rule authority.
Judicial Note (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
Based on a review of HB 245, it is possible that the bill could result in additional litigation thereby impacting the workload of judicial officers in the State. However, it is not possible to determine the extent of this impact.
Balanced Budget Note (Office of Management and Budget)
HB 245 will add $650,000 in additional spending pressure to the Citizen Safety and Self-Defense Trust Fund.