Illinois House Approves Guns Plan Opposed By GovernorSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved a plan to allow qualified gun owners to carry their weapons in public.
The proposal adopted Friday was brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan, but it's opposed by several of his fellow Democrats, including the governor.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is lashing out at lawmakers after the House approved the concealed carry bill that he says "puts public safety at risk." Quinn says he opposes the plan because it would wipe out local gun ordinances - including Chicago's ban on assault weapons. Quinn issued a statement minutes after the House passed the bill on Friday. He says that Chicago and other local communities should be able to keep their gun-control ordinances on the books.
Quinn is vowing to do all he can to prevent the bill from passing in the Illinois Senate.
Senate President John Cullerton, another Chicago Democrat, also opposes the measure.
State Representative John Cavaletto supported the legislation as a good compromise.
Illinois is the only state in the country without a concealed-carry law. A federal appeals court says that's unconstitutional and has ordered the state to enact such a law by June 9.
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