IL Senator: `Hard Stances' Taken on Gun Laws

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate sponsor of legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns says "tough stances" on whether local gun laws should be invalidated are holding up a compromise on the issue.

Sen. Kwame Raoul says negotiations continue in an attempt to compromise on rival but similar House and Senate concealed-carry bills.

The House overwhelmingly adopted a plan last week. But Senate Democrats like Raoul rejected it because it pre-empts cities and counties on all gun rules, not just on concealed carry.

Rep. Brandon Phelps said earlier Wednesday he doesn't think the House will go for a plan that allows cities to retain their regulations.

A federal appeals court ordered Illinois to drop its concealed carry ban by June 9.

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The bills are HB183 and SB2193.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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