Illinois House 'tests' concealed carry

By WEEK Producer

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- In an emotional test vote, the Illinois House overwhelmingly rejects a concealed carry measure.

The legislation failed on a 31 to 76 roll call vote. The "may issue" proposal is modeled after a highly restrictive New York gun law. It would have allowed county sheriffs and other government officials to weigh in on whether a person should be allowed to have a concealed-carry permit.

The next measure expected to come up for a vote -- a "shall issue" concealed-carry bill, under which a permit would have to be issued to anyone who meets certain requirements.

The state legislature is under a federal court ordered deadline to enact a concealed carry law by June.

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