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.
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