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The Right to Pack a Gun in the Land of Lincoln

Alex Degman IRN
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday that would allow people with a concealed weapons permit in one state to use it in every other state that gives people the right to carry concealed weapons. Howwever that would not be the case in Illinois which prohibits concealed carry.

An Illinois congressman wants to change that.  U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-Urbana) wants to give Illinoisans the option to get a concealed carry permit in other states, and have it valid in Illinois. He’ll likely introduce it as a stand-alone bill in a couple of weeks, as the idea was originally an amendment to an existing measure that failed to advance from committee.

Johnson says Illinoisans would have to follow the other state’s rules to get the permit, but insists Illinois can regulate it once they get home.

“There may be states that are predominately urban, versus rural states where there’s more latitude,” says Johnson. “We do give the states great latitude when it comes to the extent of what the concealed carry is.”

Illinois legislators have failed to pass concealed carry legislation year after year. Johnson is not worried about how they’ll react to his idea – particularly those from Chicago and the suburbs who believe more guns lead to more violence.

“They’re wrong, you’re wrong, we want to be able to establish our rights,” he says. “We’re going to do what’s necessary on all levels of government to ensure the Second and 14th amendments of the Constitution of the United States are honored.”

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