The Illinois House has passed a controversial concealed carry bill that's received opposition from several political figures in the state.
The bill, introduced Wednesday by State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) and passed out of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, has drawn ire from Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others. Opponents of the bill, SB 2193, say the law is too restrictive and has too broad of a reach, impacting the laws of local governments. The law includes a "home rule" clause that would make it illegal for municipalities to pass laws that restrict how guns are carried in their towns. As a result, if passed, this bill would undo Chicago's assault weapons ban.
The bill passed through the House with a 85-30 vote this afternoon, with one legislator voting present. Gov. Quinn, who's office filed in opposition of the bill during yesterday's committee discussion, issued a statement blasting the legislation soon after it passed the full House.
This legislation is wrong for Illinois.
It was wrong yesterday in committee, it’s wrong today, and it’s wrong for the future of public safety in our state.
The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and across Illinois.
We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk.
I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks.
House Speaker Michael Madigan supports the bill, but the Senate appears poised to vote down the bill; with leader Cullerton saying the law has the National Rifle Association's (NRA) "fingerprints" all over it. The bill was drafted between members of both parties in the House, the NRA and others.
To learn more about the bill, read our full report here.