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Compromise Concealed Carry Bill Set For House Vote, Governor Against It

(Springfield, IL)  --  A new concealed carry bill is expected to clear the House Friday.  

Brandon Phelps explains why the compromised bill does not give home rule communities the ability to make changes to the law.  "So if we are traveling in our car, we're not going to know from one town to another what is expected of them.  If they get pulled over or have a flat tire and then find out their gun is transported illegally, they go to jail.  That's not right.  If we have one law everyone knows what is expected," said Phelps. 

          

If the bill becomes law, people would not be allowed to carry loaded guns on busses, Els, or other forms of public transportation. This was a major score for Chicago lawmakers who didn't want to budge on that.  They did agree to allow people to carry the gun on public transit systems if it's unloaded and in a backpack or briefcase.  

The bill also establishes a bi-partisan review board would be in charge of looking at any application that's rejected.  People who want to carry would have to clear mental and criminal background checks and they'd have to pay 150-bucks to get a carry license. 

Governor Quinn Opposes House Compromise

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn opposes the compromise gun-carry legislation that the Illinois House is readying for a floor vote on Friday.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the legislation is "a massive overreach" because it would overturn all existing local gun laws on the books. Those include a Chicago ban on assault-style weapons. Anderson says that would endanger the public. 

A federal appeals court ruled that the Illinois ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional.

The bill is SB2193.    More information is available online: http://www.ilga.gov 

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