SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX/IRN) — If you’re waiting for a vote on conceal-carry in the Illinois House, don’t hold your breath.

After watching his fellow House members burn through an entire day Monday wrangling over the pros and cons of his bill, Democrat Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) said there’s still a long road ahead before it comes up for a vote.

“(There’s) still going to be negotiation and we know that. The good thing about it the law-abiding gun owners, we’re in the game.”

Despite the snail-like pace, however, Phelps remains convinced that one way or another Illinois will have a conceal-carry law on the books — eventually.

“We have to get something passed or as some gun advocates say, we win again because we got a court ruling,” Phelps said.

Illinois has never been mandated to come up with a gun law before.

House members offered amendments to HB 1155 last week. Not all of the amendments have been voted on.

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