SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public.
The 89-28 vote Friday in the Illinois House sealed a compromise that was a response to December's federal appeals court order that Illinois drop its ban by June 9.
The legislation now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not indicated whether he'll sign it.
The compromise requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can stay in place. Gun rights advocates unsuccessfully pushed for the elimination of such ordinances, including Chicago's assault weapon ban.
The measure would prohibit concealed carry in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but allows a gun to be kept securely in a car.
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