Compromise Reached On Concealed Carry In Illinois

by Associated Press, CBS Local Chicago  |  published on May 31, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A compromise on how and where Illinois gun owners would be able to carry their weapons in public was poised for a committee hearing, lawmakers said Thursday as they headed into the final scheduled day of legislative action and 10 days before a court-ordered deadline.

Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul said the deal would allow local municipalities to retain gun regulations, something he and other supporters of tighter gun restrictions insisted be included. But he gave ground on the issue of allowing guns in restaurants, even if they serve liquor.

Sen. Gary Forby, a Democrat from Benton, in far southern Illinois, will sponsor the plan, a nod to the gun-rights advocates.

A federal appeals court ruled in December that the state’s ban on the carrying of concealed weapons is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers until June 9 to enact a law allowing it.

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