(KMOV) -- Illinois State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is circulating a petition to gather support for concealed carry legislation in Illinois.
Kay has co-sponsored House Bill 997 to enact a concealed carry law in Illinois.
“Thomas Jefferson made a comment one time that a citizen is only a citizen when he’s armed, when he’s not he’s a subject,” Kay said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss gun laws at the State Capitol in Springfield on Tuesday.
Another hearing is scheduled for Friday in Chicago.
While supporters say crime will go down critics say more guns mean more violence.
“The court has made a decision that 2nd amendment rights should be upheld to have a gun but not any gun any time any place,” said Kay.
The proposal that lawmakers are considering would maintain gun-free zones, such as schools libraries and theaters. Others argue that that is exactly where concealed carry weapons are needed
But while lawmakers continue to push forward the Illinois version of the concealed carry law, some say they want to get it right so they don’t want to have to come back to the state capital to modify it.