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New Illinois Guns Bill Excludes Parks, Transit

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Compromise Illinois House legislation to regulate the carrying of concealed weapons would ban guns in parks and on public transportation. (HB2193)

Rep. Brandon Phelps filed the legislation Wednesday. An analysis of the bill by The Associated Press shows it would ban weapons in local parks and athletic areas. It also would ban firearms on public buses and trains a must for most Chicago Democrats fearing a slew of weaponry on public transit.

A federal appeals court ruled in December Illinois must allow citizens to carry concealed weapons.

Phelps is a Harrisburg Democrat who opposes too many restrictions. But his own measure failed. He filed the new version after a meeting earlier Wednesday in Speaker Michael Madigan’s office.

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