Concealed carry support at State Capitol

By WEEK Reporter

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Concealed carry was the top priority for thousands of people at the State Capitol on Wednesday.

Gun owners from across the state were on hand to encourage their representative to pass a concealed carry law.

Those at the rally say it's about safety and following the Second Amendment.

"People in Illinois are starting to ask the question what can they do to protect themselves until police can get there and that's kind of why I'm involved in this," said Scott, a concealed carry supporter.

"We live in the country and we would like to be safe," said Ellen Hansen, another concealed carry supporter. "We've had people come to our house and we want to be protected ourselves."

Concealed carry could soon become law in Illinois.

In December, an appeals court ruled the state's ban was unconstitutional and gave lawmakers 180 days to enact a new law.

The new legislation is being discussed by House members.

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