IL House to vote on concealed carry bill today
Illinois lawmakers in the House could vote today on a proposed concealed carry bill.
The bill passed a House committee Thursday by a vote of 13-3.
The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, the legislature’s strongest voice for gun-owner rights. It would put in place a statewide standard for concealed carry that would not allow Chicago or other home-rule communities to enact stricter local laws on where guns could be carried.
House President Mike Madigan is advancing the legislation despite opposition from Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senate President John Cullerton.
They oppose the bill saying, it would invalidate strict local gun laws like Chicago’s ban on assault weapons.
Cullerton criticized the House bill as an “NRA dream” because it gives state government “exclusive authority to regulate any matter related to firearms” beyond just concealed carry.
This is one of two bills designed to address a federal appeals court ruling that Chicago must pass a concealed carry law by June 9th.
The Senate bill would put one set of rules in place for most of the state, but in Chicago you would have to get a concealed carry permit from the police department.