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Senate Passes Concealed Carry Bill, House Next

UPDATED May 31 at 3:14 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to become the last state in the nation to allow the carrying of concealed guns.

The 45-12 vote Friday sealed a deal that was worked out with the Illinois House, which had rival but similar legislation that the Senate rejected.

If the House approves the Senate's changes, the plan would go to Gov. Pat Quinn.

In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Illinois drop its ban on public possession of firearms by June 9.

The proposed measure requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can be retained.

It would prohibit the carrying of guns in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but allows a gun to be kept securely in a car.

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