The Illinois House has knocked down a bill allowing concealed weapons in public.
The vote was 64-45 in favor of the bill, but failed because it needed 71 votes. A supermajority was needed because the law would pre-empt the home-rule powers of several cities.
The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg would have required authorities to issue concealed-carry permits to anyone who passed background checks.
Phelps used a legislative procedure that will allow him to recall the bill later for another vote.
Illinois is the only state in the nation that prohibits possessing guns in public. A federal appeals court in December ruled the law unconstitutional and gave Illinois until June to adopt a new law.
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