By DAVID THOMAS
GateHouse News Service
Posted Jun 08, 2012 @ 06:18 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- The sponsor of a bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns is waiting for a task force to finish its work before calling the legislation for a vote.
Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force (and you know they only have your 'best' 2A Rights in mind.....) will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House Bill 148, was defeated.
The task force’s deadline is Dec. 31, but Phelps said he is ready to call the bill for a vote if the legislature holds a special session .....
“I want to make sure we have the votes. I think that our law-abiding gun owners want it to be done right,” Phelps said.
The chairman of the task force is Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, who voted “present” on HB148. Ford did not return repeated calls asking for comment.
Because it would overrule city laws on handguns, state concealed carry legislation needs 71 votes, a supermajority, to pass the House instead of the typical 60. In May, HB148 got 65 votes.
If HB148 was signed into law today, Illinois residents with a valid FOID card would have to apply for concealed-carry permits through the Illinois State Police.
My Comment: If you live in Il, you might want to pass the word for everyone to light the phone and FAX lines to your Leglsilature/Reps. Good luck from the rest of us!
Read the Rest: Concealed carry advocates continue efforts in legislature, courts - Harrisburg, IL - The Daily Register