UPDATE: Ill. Legislature Passes Concealed Carry Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public.

The 89-28 vote Friday in the Illinois House sealed a compromise that was a response to December's federal appeals court order that Illinois drop its ban by June 9.

The legislation now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not indicated whether he'll sign it.

The compromise requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can stay in place. Gun rights advocates unsuccessfully pushed for the elimination of such ordinances, including Chicago's assault weapon ban.

The measure would prohibit concealed carry in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but allows a gun to be kept securely in a car.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to become the last state in the nation to allow the carrying of concealed guns.

The 45-12 vote Friday sealed a deal that was worked out with the Illinois House, which had rival but similar legislation that the Senate rejected.

If the House approves the Senate's changes, the plan would go to Gov. Pat Quinn.

In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Illinois drop its ban on public possession of firearms by June 9.

The proposed measure requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can be retained.

It would prohibit the carrying of guns in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but allows a gun to be kept securely in a car.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A Senate committee is approving legislation that would make Illinois the last state to allow people to carry concealed guns.

The 8-6 Executive Committee vote sends a deal to the floor that was worked out with the House, which had rival legislation the Senate rejected.

A vote on the floor was expected early Friday afternoon on the Legislature's final day.

In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Illinois to drop its ban on public possession of firearms by June 9.

The proposal requires local governments to allow concealed carry, but allows them to retain existing firearms ordinances.

Guns would be prohibited in places such as taverns and parks. But it'd be OK to keep a gun securely in a car.


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