Illinois House approves concealed carry legislation

By WEEK Producer

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois House members have approved a plan that would bring Illinois in line with the rest of the nation on concealed carry.

The bill's future is still questionable as both Governor Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton have expressed extreme opposition to it.

In a statement released Friday, Quinn called the legislation wrong for Illinois and vowed to "stop it in its tracks."

Senate Bill 2193 would issue a five-year license to carry a concealed firearm to anyone who meets the qualifications; that includes a mandatory training course.

It would also automatically repeal local public safety ordinances including Chicago's assault weapons ban, something the Governor calls a "massive overreach".

"I would hope the President of the Senate and the Governor would understand that we had a good working group on this and that we feel we followed the parameters of the 7th Circuit ruling," said State Representative Brandon Phelps, (D) Harrisburg. "So there is just too much uncertainty if we don't pass something and I don't know why you would risk the public's safety. The Governor represents the whole state, and this is good for the whole state."

If Illinois does not enact a concealed carry law by June 9, a federal court ruling will take effect with no restrictions of any kind.

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