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Illinois House panel recommends concealed-weapon law

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[February 20, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- An Illinois House panel is recommending that the General Assembly give Illinois residents the right to carry concealed weapons.

The proposals are expected to garner opposition from Chicago-area lawmakers, who have expressed concern about increased gun violence. Supporters of a concealed-weapon law say the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last summer overturning a handgun ban in Washington D.C., and an endorsement of concealed carry by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association give a boost to their efforts.

House Bill 245, sponsored by Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, would allow the Illinois State Police to issue the permits. It was endorsed Wednesday on an 11-1 vote, with Rep. Julie Hamos, D-Evanston, the lone vote against the bill.

[Associated Press]

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