Concealed Carry Fails in Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has defeated a proposal allowing the carrying of concealed guns in public.

The vote of 64-45 in favor of the bill failed because it needed 71 votes. A supermajority was necessary because the law would pre-empt the home-rule powers of several cities.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg would have required authorities to issue concealed-carry permits to anyone who passed background checks.

Phelps used a legislative procedure that will allow him to recall the bill later for another vote.

Illinois is the only state in the nation that prohibits possessing guns in public. A federal appeals court in December ruled the law unconstitutional and gave Illinois until June to adopt a new law.

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The bill is HB997.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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