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Illinois Gun-Carry Supporters Defeated, Not Done

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File photo of a concealed weapons training class for teachers. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Having failed in an earlier effort to bar federal agents from enforcing gun regulations in Missouri, conservative lawmakers are trying a new tack this year: banding together with other like-minded states to defy certain federal laws at the same time. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois gun-rights backers still believe they have the upper hand after legislation allowing the possession of concealed guns failed.

But they’re not going to walk away from negotiations despite a federal court’s June 9 deadline for gun-shy Illinois to abandon its position as the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry.

Rep. Brandon Phelps is a southern Illinois Democrat who sponsored the concealed carry bill. It failed Thursday 64-45. It needed 71 votes.

Phelps had warned his colleagues that blowing the deadline set by the 7th Circuit U.S. Appeals Court would usher in a system without rules.

Phelps said Friday it’s better for everyone if lawmakers set up rules. He might recall his bill later this month.

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