Rep. Meier Sponsors Legislation to Allow Active Duty Military to Carry a Firearm

In response to the horrific shootings which took the lives of five members of the U.S. Armed Forces in Chattanooga on July 16, Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) sponsored legislation to strengthen the security for members of the military and their spouse.

“Our military personnel should not be sitting ducks while serving our country,” said Rep. Meier. “My bill will allow the men and women serving our country to protect themselves and the public if any life is threatened. Giving our active duty members of the Armed Forces the option to conceal and carry a firearm will strengthen our national security.”

Currently, the State of Illinois does not allow non-resident active duty members of the Armed Forces to even apply for a concealed carry permit. As a result of Illinois’ current law and the tragic events in Chattanooga, State Representative Charlie Meier teamed up with the NRA which led to the introduction of House Bill 4258. If enacted, Rep. Meier’s legislation will change the State’s current law to allow for a non-resident license application if the applicant is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Illinois or for their spouse residing in Illinois.

Rep. Meier added, “Hundreds of active duty members living in my district serve our country at Scott Air Force Base. Whether it be going to lunch off base, shopping at the grocery store after work, or pumping gas on their way to work, I want our military to be able to protect themselves on and off the clock.”