Illinois Senate wrestles with concealed-carry bill
Time is running out for Illinois lawmakers to enact a bill granting state residents the right to carry concealed weapons; the state Senate could take a step toward that goal today.
Illinois is the only state that still outlaws concealed-carry; a federal court ordered the state to legalize concealed-carry by June 9th; that’s nine days after the Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its spring session.
There are two opposing plans making their way through the legislature; today the Senate Executive Committee meets to vote on them.
One bill was passed by the state House last week with the support of Speaker Michael Madigan; the other is a compromise bill sponsored by Chicago Senator Kwame Raoul.
The Madigan-backed plan goes beyond granting concealed-carry rights, by effectively wiping out local gun ordinances like Chicago’s assault weapons ban.
Monday, dozens of protesters gathered outside Madigan’s office to protest his support of the plan; they said, overturning local gun laws would jeopardize public safety.
State Senate President John Cullerton calls that part of the bill “offensive,” and says it has nothing to do with conceal and carry.
Senator Raoul’s bill overrule local gun laws only when they pertain to the concealed-carry issue.