Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he favors a Senate plan to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in his state. The Democrat says Senator Kwame Raoul's measure contains "reasonable limits and restrictions on guns" and allows local governments to retain their firearms regulations.
The Senate Executive Committee OK'd Raoul's measure 10-6 Tuesday and sent it to the floor. The same committee rejected a House-approved proposal that would override all local regulations on guns -- such as Chicago's ban on assault-style weapons. Raoul's idea would not pre-empt local regulations. Illinois faces a June 9 deadline to enact a law permitting concealed carry. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December the state's ban on public guns possession is unconstitutional.