The latest concealed carry proposal in the Illinois legislature is on hold after its sponsor says “extremist” efforts deterred lawmakers from supporting it.
While Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, wouldn’t name who was behind the efforts, he did offer this tidbit.
RAOUL: “These are people who use aggressive advocacy efforts. Legal advocacy efforts but aggressive advocacy efforts. People who rate you by grades as if you were in school.”
Raoul said he wasn’t sure if he had enough “yes” votes beforehand, but he did say he’s done making changes to his legislation.
This comes after Raoul twice modified the plan.
One change removed a “good moral character” requirement for concealed-carry applicants. The other would require local law enforcement officials to assert applicants are dangerous before asking they be denied a carry permit.
Only two weeks remain before lawmakers are scheduled to leave for the summer. Raoul would not say when he plans to call his proposal.