Springfield -- Illinois Senate
legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons appears less permissive
than touted but it's scheduled for a rewrite before it's even filed.
The Associated Press on Monday obtained a
copy of Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul's bill. He called it a compromise between Chicago lawmakers
fighting street violence and downstate moderates who want easier access to
The legislation would require applicants
statewide to be of "good moral character" and have "proper
reason" to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Gun-rights supporters say those are
subjective opinions that go beyond ensuring applicants are properly trained and
have no criminal background.
Rikeesha Phelon is a spokeswoman for
Senate Democrats. She says the legislation won't be filed and will be
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