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New Concealed Carry Proposal to Exempt Cook County
A new proposal for Illinois' concealed carry law includes an exception for Cook County.
A pair of lawmakers plan to introduce the idea at the Statehouse soon.
Nothing is in writing yet. But, Senator Tim Bivins says he's been talking to a lawmaker on the other side of the aisle.
Bivins and Senator Kwame Raoul are discussing an outline that gives Chicago's superintendent of police and the Cook County Sheriff discretion over who gets a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
That means if a person wants to carry in Cook County, they'd have to apply for a permit with Chicago Police or the Cook County Sheriff's Office, in addition to Illinois State Police.
It's not clear whether the proposal will get enough support to pass.
The National Rifle Association calls it a "non-starter."
"We're one state," said Todd Vandermyde, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. "It's a Constitutional right that applies equally across the state or it's not. The courts have said it's a right."
"It's a unique part of the state," Bivins said. "They have different concerns than the rest of the state. If you talk to downstate people, they're not necessarily interested in those issues."
Bivins expects to see the proposal drafted and introduced soon.
Legislators have less than 50 days to agree on a concealed carry law.
A federal court created the deadline, after ruling the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons is unconstitutional.
Last week, the House voted down a proposal that would have required mental health background checks and allowed for reciprocity with other states.
Governor Quinn is calling on the attorney general to appeal the court ruling that finds the state's ban on concealed carry unconstitutional.
If that doesn't happen, Quinn says the law should give communities with more than 25,000 people the option to impose additional rules.