IL Faces Hard Decision with Gun Law

Dec 17, 2012

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The clock is ticking for Illinois legislators to come up with a law approving the concealed carry of weapons after a federal appellate court decided last week to throw out the state's ban on concealed guns. The legislature has 180 days to craft a new law and has the option of using a law already in place in one of the other 49 states.

Democratic State Representative Brandon Phelps says it’s unlikely gun rights advocates will agree to restrictive bills like those in place in New York or California. He says he would push for a law with fewer concessions than a defeated bill he proposed last year. House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says after the tragedy in Connecticut not voting for restrictions will be difficult.