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House Passes Concealed Carry Bill
UPDATED May 31 at 4:31 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) --
The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the
last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a
firearm in public.
The 89-28 vote Friday in the Illinois House sealed a compromise that was a response to December's federal appeals court order that Illinois drop its ban by June 9.
The legislation now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not indicated whether he'll sign it.
The compromise requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can stay in place. Gun rights advocates unsuccessfully pushed for the elimination of such ordinances, including Chicago's assault weapon ban.
The measure would prohibit concealed carry in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but allows a gun to be kept securely in a car.
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UPDATED May 31 at 4:27 p.m.
The Illinois House has passed HB183, the concealed carry bill, with an 89-28 vote. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.