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IL Senate gun bill to get overhaul

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:56:49 CDT
By: AP

Illinois Senate legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons appears less permissive than touted but it's scheduled for a rewrite before it's even filed. The Associated Press today obtained a copy of Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul's bill. He called it a compromise between Chicago lawmakers fighting street violence and downstate moderates who want easier access to guns. The legislation would require applicants statewide to be of ``good moral character'' and have ``proper reason'' to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Gun-rights supporters say those are subjective opinions that go beyond ensuring applicants are properly trained and have no criminal background. Rikeesha Phelon is a spokeswoman for Senate Democrats. She says the legislation won't be filed and will be rewritten.

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