(KMOV.com) -- Illinois may be moving closer to getting a concealed carry law on the books.
House members will vote Friday on a new bill, and lawmakers seem to think the odds of it passing are better than the previous attempts.
There’s been a lot of compromise in the Illinois capitol, with House members locked in meetings hashing the legislation out.
Despite the compromising attitude, the battle between upstate and downstate lawmakers is a game of give and take in the capitol.
Metro East Representative Jerry Costello II says lawmakers have come up with a concealed carry law that would be statewide and favor gun owners.
But it also carries a long list of restrictions on where guns would be allowed, a concession to Chicago-area members who are still pushing for tight controls.
“The major difference from a restriction standpoint is mass transit,” he said. “I will tell you we weren’t happy giving up. I have questions if there will be legal concerns down the road but at this point in time it’s what had to be done.”
The clock is ticking down to a June federal court deadline to enact a concealed carry law, and passage in the House is no guarantee it will pass in the Senate.
“It may be something the NRA can live with and if it is, I don’t think they will come out and say we’re going to endorse this bill,” Costello II said. “If the NRA endorses it, then you have a problem with Chicago lawmakers.”