On December 11, 2012, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Moore v. Madigan, ruled that Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, and gave the state 180 days to change its laws. On January 8, 2013, the Illinois attorney general requested that the decision be reviewed by the full appeals court. This request was rejected on February 22, 2013. The attorney general is considering whether or not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 29, 2013, the attorney general asked the Supreme Court for an extension of the deadline for filing an appeal, from May 23 to June 24. On May 3, 2013, the Supreme Court granted the extension.
On May 31, 2013, the state legislature passed a bill that would allow licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns. The governor has not said whether or not he will sign the legislation. If the act becomes law, the state police will grant concealed carry permits to qualified applicants age 21 or older who pass a 16-hour training course. However, any law enforcement agency could object to an individual being granted a permit "based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety". Objections would be considered by a Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board, which would decide whether or not the permit would be issued, based on "a preponderance of the evidence". Concealed carry would be prohibited in a number of locations, including CTA and Metra buses and trains, schools, government buildings, stadiums, casinos, parks, street festivals, and bars and restaurants that get more than half their revenue from the sale of alcohol. Permits would cost $150 for residents or $300 for non-residents, and would be valid for five years. Concealed carry permits issued by other states would not be recognized.
Also on May 31, 2013, the legislature passed a law, not yet signed by the governor, that would require lost or stolen guns to be reported to the police within 72 hours. The same law would require a dial-up check of the buyer's FOID card when a firearm is purchased in a private sale. The check is already required at gun shows or when a gun is sold by a licensed dealer.
On June 3, 2013, the attorney general requested the appeals court to grant a 30-day extension, from June 9 to July 9, for implementing a concealed carry law. On June 4, the court granted the extension. On June 14, the attorney general requested that the Supreme Court grant a second 30-day extension, to July 22, for filing an appeal. On June 18 the high court granted the extension.