Springfield -- Illinois legislation allowing public
possession of concealed guns has passed the House Judiciary Committee. It was a
compromise backed by Speaker Michael Madigan.
The measure was endorsed Thursday 13-3
and goes to the full House Friday. It comes two weeks before a June 9 deadline
set by a federal appeals court for Illinois
to abandon its prohibition on the public possession of weapons.
The legislation would require the
Illinois State Police to issue concealed carry permits to qualified gun owners.
It's patterned on a bill introduced by gun-rights advocate Rep. Brandon Phelps,
a southern Illinois Democrat.
But Madigan's version significantly adds
places that would be off limits to guns. Those include mass transit -- a must
for violence-weary Chicago Democrats.