Illinois committee passes gun bill despite veto threat -

Illinois committee passes gun bill despite veto threat

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- An Illinois House committee approved legislation letting people carry concealed firearms in public despite Gov. Pat Quinn's vow to veto that bill.

Harrisburg Democrat Brandon Phelps warned Quinn that opposing concealed carry will cost the governor during a politically sensitive time. State officials are working on a new state budget.

The House Agriculture and Conservation Committee approved the gun legislation 12-1. It would let Illinoisans 21 years and older carry handguns in public following training and background checks.

Quinn spoke out against the legislation during a Chicago news conference. The Chicago Democrat says putting more guns on the street will increase violence.


The bill is HB148.


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