Madigan to Push Anti-Gun Concealed Carry Bill This Week


By John Boch

On Tuesday, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is going to try employ a seldom-used legislative procedure called the “Weekly Order of Business” to suspend normal Illinois House business and, in this case, bring a carry bill to the floor for consideration, skipping the normal processes. It would seem that the closed-door legislative meeting of House Democrats put the fear of God into Prairie State gun control advocates and they believe they need to act sooner rather than later to keep Illinoisans from carrying their fully-loaded Glocks into the Statehouse come June 9th, 2013 . . .

That’s the date when the stay expires suspending the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ Moore v Madigan decision striking down Illinois’ prohibition on carry outside of the home expires. Speaker Madigan plans to consider House Bill 1155 and amendments as the House’s sole order of business beginning Tuesday.

We’ll save you time looking up HB1155. It’s a shell at this point to which they can attach pretty much whatever they like. One of those bills that can be introduced at the last minute – hopefully not at 3:00a.m. as was the case with the gun control bills passed in New Jersey in the last couple of days.

The NRA-ILA fired a warning flare with this announcement:

House Speaker Madigan Orders House to Consider Firearm Legislation Next Tuesday

Contact your state Representative IMMEDIATELY and tell him or her to only support NRA-Backed House Bill 997!

NRA-ILA has just learned that beginning at noon next Tuesday, February 26 , the Illinois House will be considering various gun control proposals and other firearm-related legislation. It is not yet clear what measures will be considered. At this moment, there is a strong possibility that among the various extreme anti-gun measures, a deeply flawed concealed carry bill will be heard.

You must contact your state Representative IMMEDIATELY.  Tell them to oppose any and all gun control schemes that do nothing other than penalize law-abiding citizens and take away their means to self-defense.  It is imperative that legislators do NOT vote in favor of any flawed concealed carry legislation, but instead support NRA-Backed House Bill 997.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated as details become available.  Contact information for your state legislators can be [found] here.

John Boch is president of Guns Save Life. A version of this post originally appeared at