Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri May 17, 2013
Senate committee approves concealed-carry legislation
His proposal would not allow guns in schools or on public transportation. It would also let Chicago police deny some individuals with concealed-carry permits from bringing weapons into the city. Raoul says Chicago has things that make it different from the rest of Illinois like a much higher population density.
"And so there's a lot more opportunity for conflict."
The difference here is the one at the heart of the gun debate: If you look at a city with a relatively high crime rate, do you say the answer lies in more guns or fewer? Republican Sen. Dale Righter, from Mattoon, flipped Raoul's argument about Chicago's potential for conflict on its head.
"Isn't that a reason to make sure it is just as east to carry a loaded firearm in the city of Chicago?"
Illinois has until June 9 to meet a federal court decline to enact some form of concealed-carry. Pro-gun activists are pushing for a much less restrictive law.