Concealed carry passes Illinois HousePosted:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois House has approved a plan to allow qualified gun owners to carry their weapons in public.
The proposal adopted Friday was brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan, but it's opposed by several of his fellow Democrats, including the governor.
Governor Pat Quinn said the bill "puts public safety at risk" and vows to do all he can to prevent the bill from passing in the Illinois Senate.
"This legislation is wrong for Illinois," Quinn said.
"It was wrong yesterday in committee, it's wrong today, and it's wrong for the future of public safety in our state," the governor added.
State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) was among those who voted in favor of Senate Bill 2193, which passed the House 85-30-1 and now moves to the Senate.
"This bill is not perfect, but it is an acceptable, common sense compromise which respects the Constitution, while keeping our communities safe," Davidsmeyer said. "This finally will bring Illinois into line with every other state in the nation."
Senate President John Cullerton signaled a fight when the bill hits the Senate.
He said a concealed carry bill that wipes out local gun ordinances in the state is "offensive."
Cullerton says another problem with Madigan's bill is that it would allow people to bring guns into some places that serve alcohol.
Cullerton says his Democratic caucus will meet Monday to decide whether to vote on the House's bill.
The full text of the bill can be found at this link: