IL concealed carry talks continue

May 29, 2013

Legislators are continuing to negotiate as they seek an agreement on concealed carry legislation.

Insiders say they came closer in talks Wednesday.

Illinois is under a court order to pass a carry law.There's a divide over a few issues, including restrictions on carrying guns while drinking alcohol.  Senator Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, says there is no deal yet.

 "There may not be consensus on how to protect against ... those who ... may consumer alcohol and carry guns.  I think there's agreement that we do have the desire to protect against that. So both sides realize we don't want drunk people carrying guns."

 A delegate for the gun industry says a compromise may involve allowing guns in bars and restaurants where alcohol makes up less than half of all sales, but heightening the penalties for breaking the law.Talks are also continuing over what restrictions local governments can put on guns.Senator Raoul says he believes the General Assembly can pass a law before the legislature adjourns Friday.