Will Illinois pass right-to-carry this year?
A new version of the concealed weapons bill passed out of a House committee today. Harrisburg Democrat Brandon Phelps warned Quinn that opposing concealed carry will cost the governor during a politically sensitive time, with state officials working on a new state budget.
The House Agriculture and Conservation Committee approved the gun legislation 12-1. It would let Illinoisans 21 years and older carry handguns in public following training and background checks.
Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, the bill's chief sponsor, said he is close to securing a veto-proof, 71-vote majority. He plans to call a vote Thursday in the House.
Phelps predicted Quinn's announcement that he would veto any concealed-carry measure will cost him key votes among downstate Democrats during a politically sensitive time. Both chambers are back in Springfield this week and hope to approve a budget for the next fiscal year before adjourning May 31. . . .
The governor looks like he is completely making things up. Where is the evidence that bystanders are harmed by concealed handgun permit holders or in the cross fire from these permit holders with criminals? No evidence that I know of supports this.
"The concept of concealed, loaded hand guns in the possession of private citizens does not enhance public safety, on the contrary it increases danger for everyday people as they go about their lives," Quinn said. . . .