Officials weigh in on 'home rule' amendment to concealed carry

By Mark Bullion

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM CDT

The deadline for the Illinois General Assembly to pass concealed carry legislation is quickly approaching.

An amendment to the bill passed by a Senate Committee this week has some local officials and legislators up in arms.

The amendment would allow 'home rule' cities across the state to implement their own ordinances of where you can and cannot legally carry a gun.

"It would be a mistake for each city to have a patchwork ,if you will, of laws that are unknown from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," said Bloomington Interim Police Chief RT Finney.

Officials call the move a mistake and say it would create a too much confusion.

"They may be traveling through this area, they may not be familiar with what our local ordinances are. How do we get that information out to those folks who are attempting to be law abiding citizens but because of their geographical location, they now are in violation?" said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner.

State Representative Dan Brady relates the situation to the smoking ban passed in 2008.

"When you had municipalities all over the state doing all kinds of different things, it landed back in the laps of the state legislature," said Rep. Brady.

Officials agree that there needs to be reasonable restrictions in some areas.

"Not having a gun in a day care area, not having a gun in certain areas of our universities or schools. Those are free zones where guns could not be from someone concealing and carrying," said Rep. Brady.

Lawmakers have until June 8 to enact a concealed carry law.