The Senate Executive Committee voted by 10-6 to approve a concealed
carry measure by Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) Tuesday, voting down the House bill that caused a number of Illinois politicians to speak out in opposition last week. The Raoul bill is now headed for a full Senate for a vote.
The Senate bill would allow
local firearm laws to stay on the books or be added by municipalities.
The legislation, for example, would not undo Chicago's assault weapons
ban unlike the controversial bill the House passed last week.
The Senate Executive Committee shot down the House's bill Tuesday with a 6-8 vote. State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) voted present. The House bill, SB 2193, sponsored by State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), looks to override local gun ordinances via a "home rule" clause that would make it illegal for local governments to create laws regarding how guns are carried within a specific municipality. Read more about that bill here.
Gov. Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding the Illinois Senate Executive Committee’s passage today of HB 183:
Kwame Raoul’s legislation provides a reasonable framework that would
protect critical gun safety ordinances across Illinois.
would place reasonable limits and restrictions on guns in Illinois
while protecting the important principle of home rule. We must ensure
that Illinois municipalities can continue to take additional steps to
ensure public safety for their residents.
I thank Senator Raoul
and Senate President John Cullerton for their hard work and commitment
to public safety. I will continue working with them to pass this common
Late last week, Gov. Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senate Pres. John Cullerton vehemently spoke out against the House bill.