Concealed Carry Gets Thorough, Contentious Debate in Illinois House

Members of the Illinois House gave preliminary approval to concealed carry legislation yesterday. A federal court says the state has until June to come up with such a law. But as Brian Mackey reports, the fight is far from over.

Lawmakers spent seven hours debating how loose or restrictive a concealed carry law should be.
The Democratic leadership in the Illinois House engineered an unusually open debate — more than a dozen amendments were considered on both sides of the issue.

REBOLETTI: “I don’t understand why we’re playing this political game for the next, I don’t know, four, five, six hours, six weeks, six months.”

Rep. Dennis Reboletti is a Republican from Elmhurst, and he has a point. Debate in the House is usually tightly controlled. Reboletti speculated the amendments — like one prohibiting concealed weapons near schools — were calculated to force potentially unpopular votes.

REBOLETTI: “We can get roll calls that can be used against everybody, and say, ‘Oh, there’s Reboletti, he wants guns in schools.’ More nonsense.”

The House vote shows a majority of lawmakers want concealed carry, and a different majority wants limits on where weapons can be taken. The sponsor of the legislation says he’ll continue to try to negotiate a compromise.

— Brian Mackey

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One Response to Concealed Carry Gets Thorough, Contentious Debate in Illinois House

  1. Eddie Felson says:

    CRIMINALS DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR PATHETIC LAW,MUCH LESS YOUR PATHETIC SHEEP LIFESTYLE RELYING ON THIS FALSE ILLUSION OF POLICE AND ARMY TO FEED YOUR SAFETY AWARENESS

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