Springfield -- The Illinois Senate
Executive Committee defeated legislation allowing the public possession of
firearms, a bill that just last week passed the House 85-30.
The Democratic-controlled committee voted
6-8 on Tuesday. Opponents objected to the plan sponsored by Democratic Sen.
Gary Forby of Benton,
saying it'd curb all local firearms ordinances.
Committee Chairman Don Harmon, an Oak
Park Democrat, says such pre-emption is "a bridge too far."
The committee's taking up a Democratic
measure that leaves local firearms regulations in place -- city ordinances such
That proposal's sponsored by Chicago
Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul (KWAH'-may rah-OOL'). It'd also prohibit firearms
in businesses that serve alcohol.
The bill is HB183.
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