Illinois House members vote on concealed carry amendments

By WEEK Producer

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- On Tuesday, members of the Illinois House approved several amendments to House Bill 1155, concealed carry, during hours of sometimes turbulent debate.

Lawmakers approved the Amendment from St. Rep. Brandon Phelps, a long-time backer of concealed carry, which would require the state to issue a concealed carry license to anyone meeting the proper qualifications.

An $80 fee was part of the amendment as were restrictions on where a weapon could be carried.

The bill is now up for a second reading and it is possible that all of Tuesday's votes were just a preliminary to a final all-inclusive bill.

Illinois is under court orders to approve a concealed carry bill by June.

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