Illinois lawmakers have about a month to come up with some kind of rules, letting people carry concealed weapons, court's orders, but it doesn't seem like Springfield's very close to a solution yet. Efforts failed three times in the State's House to get some kind of concealed carry law onto the books. Our local representatives are optimistic.
A couple Rockford area state lawmakers, Republican and Democrat agree that give and take can get something passed.
"We need to find a solution, one that provides gun owners that right but also insures safety." -says 34th District Senator Steve Stadelman.
Illinois is the only U.S. state without some sort of concealed carry legislation. Republican lawmakers think they've identified the smoking gun, so to speak.
"Many from the Chicago area see the world very different than the rest of us here in Illinois." -89th District Representative Jim Sacia explains.
Representatives have put the current proposal, House Bill 997, on delayed consideration. It requires each municipality to pass concealed carry individually.
"I don't think it should matter whether you live in Chicago, Rockford or Peoria as far as where you're allowed to carry." -says Stadelman.
Also, the bill only permits guns in certain public places. Sacia thinks it's too restrictive and will never pass, but he's confident lawmakers will compromise.
"Quite honestly, I think we are within six or seven votes in House. I believe that those individuals who are on the fence recognize the significance of the June 9th deadline."
If nothing's passed by June 9th, concealed carry will take effect in Illinois, but as the way its written federally. That means less restrictions.
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