Ill. Senator Wants Handguns Banned from Churches

Jul 15, 2013

An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed in new state law.

Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski said he doesn't agree with a provision in the state's new concealed-carry law that allows guns in churches, temples or mosques. He filed an amendment to the law Monday and said he'll push for its approval.

Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve concealed-carry legislation this month.

Kotowski is a former gun control lobbyist and one of a number of lawmakers seeking changes to the gun bill.

Lawmakers voted to override changes that Gov. Pat Quinn proposed last week to meet a federal court deadline.

Several other states, including Nebraska, South Carolina and North Dakota, prohibit carrying concealed guns in churches.