Lawmakers delay vote on concealed carry restrictions in Illinois

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 2:17 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Illinois lawmakers delayed a vote on concealed carry restrictions on Friday. Meanwhile, a federal court says legislation must be passed by June 9, or concealed carry will become legal anywhere in the state.

Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul sought a vote on his concealed-carry bill Friday before the Senate adjourned for the weekend. But he told reporters "extremists" he would not identify used "intimidation" among "aggressive advocacy" tactics to oppose the bill. He appeared to be referring to the National Rifle Association.

NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde says he has had low-key conversations with senators about what he calls Raoul's flawed bill. Vandermyde says he hasn't "raised my voice to anybody on this."

Raoul says he doesn't know when he'll call the measure for a vote.

Sen. Raoul's proposal would lay out who could carry guns and where they would be permitted in cities with more than 25,000 people. The stipulation, known as the home rule, is the main reason most downstate senators said they would not vote for the bill.

“I don’t view that as a good connection to give municipal governments additional authority beyond the state law," said Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

State police told News 4 they expect as many as 300,000 applicants once concealed carry weapons are authorized. Illinois is the last state in the country to have a concealed carry law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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