Illinois House fails to get supermajority to pass concealed handgun law

"May Issue" law receives only 31 votes compared to the "right to carry" law that received 64 votes.  Unfortunately, a supermajority was required of 71 votes to pass.

Presumably this means that the State Attorney General will try appealing the Circuit Court decision that struck down Illinois' ban on concealed carry.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gun rights advocates fell silent in the Illinois House on Thursday night after falling seven votes short of approving the public possession of firearms statewide despite a federal court order that gives legislators just weeks to put such a law on the books. 
The proposal creating a method to permit qualified gun owners to carry concealed weapons failed 64-45. The measure needed a supermajority of 71 votes because the legislation would trump the right of the state's larger cities to set up their own laws. 
For the second time in as many days, a House vote on concealed carry demonstrated the chasm between gun rights advocates and those who want tighter restrictions on them. . . . 
Called a "may issue" concealed-carry law, Cassidy's measure was modeled on the New York law that survived a potential challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. It received only 31 votes. That's far fewer than those willing to support Phelps on his "shall issue" proposal, which would allow anyone who meets the training and background check requirements to carry. . . . 
Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link.



Blogger Steve Bratten said...

The clock is ticking!

4/20/2013 2:53 PM  

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