• Lawmakers reject firearms liability insurance bill

    by  • March 20, 2013 • News

    The Illinois House has rejected a measure that would require $1 million in liability insurance for people carrying concealed weapons.

    Lawmakers voted 34-74 yesterday against Rep. Kenneth Dunkin’s plan. It was among seven amendments on gun issues that legislators debated yesterday as they consider a court-ordered law allowing conceal-and-carry.

    Chicago Democrat Dunkin says an insurance policy would cost $500 to $2,000.

    Republicans, however, complained that was too expensive for citizens exercising a constitutional right, and they argued insurance companies don’t write the policies anyway.

    In December, a federal court struck down Illinois’ concealed-carry ban and gave lawmakers until June 8 to adopt a law.

    The House has begun weekly floor sessions allowing lawmakers to propose gun measures.