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.