SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – The Illinois Senate is making progress on concealed-carry legislation by putting together another new bill. The legislature has a court-imposed deadline of June 9 to pass a law allowing and regulating how people can carry a concealed weapon.

The House has already passed a bill, and the Senate may yet take it up. But State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) says he is working on another compromise which, he says, combines the best of the House bill and a stalled Senate bill.

“There were some good things from my perspective in the House bill, that was not in my bill. So I will add those,” Raoul said.

Raoul said he would take out language allowing police to object to a concealed-carry applicant based on “moral character” and add a House provision listing places where no weapons would be allowed.

Though Senate President John Cullerton does not like the House bill, he says “We’re gonna send both bills to Executive Committee and see what happens.”

H.B. 2615 passed the House last week.
H.B. 183 is Raoul’s bill.


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