Illinois House debating concealed carry law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has begun debating a compromise plan on concealed weapons that has generated the opposition of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Quinn says the bill is a "massive overreach" because it would curb local firearms regulations. He points to Chicago's ban on assault-style weapons, which would be eliminated by the law.

The House Judiciary Committee endorsed Speaker Michael Madigan's plan 13-3. It surfaced as an alternative to a plan backed by the National Rifle Association that failed by seven votes in the House last month.

Friday's action comes just weeks before a June 9 deadline set by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ordered in December that Illinois drop its ban on the public possession of concealed weapons because it violates the Constitution's Second Amendment.

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