The president of the Illinois Senate said he’ll fight the concealed-carry measure approved by the House on Friday. He said the first step is meeting with his members on Monday to plot their next move.
Senate President John Cullerton said he is “violently opposed” to the House concealed-carry legislation. But with summer adjournment scheduled for the end of the day Friday, time is running out.
Sen. Kwame Raoul says that makes trying to find a compromise more likely.
RAOUL: “If I were to put together a bill that just Kwame Raoul wanted, it would look different from this. But that’s not my task.”
Raoul and Cullerton — both Democrats from Chicago — said they agree with many aspects of the House legislation, like its prohibition on carrying guns in schools and on public transportation.
The biggest sticking point — language that would eliminate ALL gun rules at the local level, and not just those related to concealed carry.
Cullerton said this is an “overreach” meant to placate the National Rifle Association.
He said for now, the plan is to eliminate that provision and make what he calls “minor changes” to the legal language approved by the House.