Ill. lawmakers: Don't let shooting engulf gun talk
(AP) -- Illinois lawmakers say it's inevitable
that Friday's school shooting in Connecticut
will have an impact on the concealed-carry gun law they must write. But several
caution against allowing the tragedy to consume the debate.
The massacre that left 28 dead came just days after a federal appeals
court ordered Illinois
to lift its ban on residents carrying concealed weapons.
Rep. Brandon Phelps sponsored a narrowly defeated concealed-carry bill
last year. The Harrisburg Democrat says the Connecticut tragedy shows no law can keep
all guns away from evil-doers. He says a sensible conceal-and-carry law is the
state's best option.
Naperville Republican Rep. Darlene Senger says the disaster will be part
of the concealed-carry talks but it is important legislators don't overreach
with legislation that tries to cover every possible scenario.