Illinois Cities Could Restrict Places for Guns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois Senate proposal to allow the carrying of concealed weapons would let large cities add to the list of places considered off limits to guns.

Sen. Kwame Raoul told The Associated Press Monday he doesn't expect many cities to declare separate gun-free locales because there are already many statewide restrictions in the bill.

The local control would be limited to "home-rule units" -- generally cities over 25,000 in population.

Raoul's legislation includes a statewide gun prohibition in schools, liquor stores, stadiums, amusement parks and more.

Illinois has until June 9 to follow a federal court order to enact a law allowing concealed guns in public.

Raoul's bill doesn't go as far as Gov. Pat Quinn's wish that home-rule units be able to write their own rules entirely.


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