IL House approves concealed carry plan

May 24, 2013

Credit Brian Mackey, IPR.
The Illinois House Friday approved legislation that would let gun owners carry concealed firearms in public.  But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the governor says he'll work to "stop it in its tracks."

 Although the NRA is officially neutral on this proposal, opponents of concealed carry say the legislation was written to please gun-rights supporters.

The measure not only creates a system for concealed-carry -- it would wipe away all local gun laws in counties, cities, and towns across Illinois, even those that have nothing to do with concealed carry.During debate, Republican Rep. Ed Sullivan asked questions about that, focusing on Cook County.

 "Currently there's an assault weapons ban that will be declared null and void.""Yes.""There is a Cook County sin tax -- money or tax on all guns -- is that correct? That'll be declared null and void?""Yes. Anything to do with firearms." The legislation passed by a wide margin, 85-30, but it's opposed by Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton. Cullerton says the elimination of local control is "offensive," and so broad it could block towns even from enforcing zoning laws against gun shops.  Both Cullerton and Quinn say they'll do what they can to stop it.