• Concealed carry fails, postponed for another try

    by  • April 19, 2013 • News

     

    The Illinois House has defeated a proposal allowing the carrying of concealed guns in public.

    The vote of 64-45 in favor of the bill failed because it needed 71 votes. A super majority was necessary because the law would preempt the home-rule powers of several cities.

    The legislation sponsored by democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg would have required authorities to issue concealed-carry permits to anyone who passed background checks.

    Phelps used a legislative procedure that will allow him to recall the bill later for another vote.

    Illinois is the only state in the nation that prohibits possessing guns in public. a federal appeals court in December ruled the law unconstitutional and gave Illinois until June to adopt a new law.